Our pleasant stay in Aix began the night before, with an enjoyable meal at Crêpes, Cidre et Compagnie. The next morning, well rested, we started with a stroll through the city of a thousand fountains.
Within a short walk from the Old Quarter, we found L’Atelier de Paul Cézanne (Cezanne’s Studio) — for art enthusiasts, a must. Here you get to glimpse into the great painters private universe. Books, easel, bowls, plates and many objects he used for his still lifes are displayed in his workspace and although there is no artwork from the painter, the studio is fascinating to visit as is the courtyard and gardens.
Photographs are not allowed in the studio, so Gordon settled on the sofa to sketch the artist’s space and from his vantage point he could see his reflection across the room.
Back exploring the narrow city streets, we stumbled on churches, squares and more fountains.
Including an enticing farmers’ market at Place Richelme. Seduced by the smells, colours, and tastings we walked away with a Provençal selection of olives, cheese, Charcuterie and bread with the intend to picnic in the shared courtyard back at our apartment…
amid the laundry out to dry.
Later we visited the Musée Granet. This small museum offers an eclectic collection of art from the 14th to 20th century, including a few important works from Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, Cézanne, and Monet just to name a few — worth a visit.
Leaving the Musée, we walked along the famous Cours Mirabeau. Beautiful historic buildings and tall plane-trees line this busy central avenue, along which numerous cafés and brasseries that spill on the wide sidewalks.
We spotted these atlantes supporting a balcony at L’hôtel Maurel de Pontevès along the avenue.
We slowly made our way back to the apartment while enjoying the evenings ambiance.
Tomorrow, a visit to the countryside awaits.
Ginette and Gord