Beautiful and costliest town in France
De La Rotonde is the most beautiful place to spend time with friends and family having typically french lunch, watching beauties whole day long. Dressing scene of this town is one of the best in the France Calm comfortable life, skydiving n friends
Vasarely - be square or be round
Just next to the youth Hostel, and not too far from where I lived in Encagnane is the Fondation Vasarely, which is an ordely mass of black circles and white circles (see the picture when i post it - just watch this space!!!) I never went in, for fear of losing interest in this undoubtedly interesting artist, who also created a big colourful tile thing in Monaco (for those who've been). From above, the building is a large collection of hexagons, very much in the style of Vasarely's graphics. It was built in 1975, and is worth a visit, if only for the spectacular views of aix with St.Victoire behind it you can get. Bring a camera.
The climate has made the reputation of this region. The winters are mild (an average temperature of 8°C) and its summers are hot and dry with temperatures varying between 22°C and 30°C. The rainfall is low, (less than 50 days of rain per year).
Another Great People Watching Place
Alot of the students like this place, but older people feel comfortable there, as well. At the time I was there, they served a great steak tartare.
Downstairs has a kind of bistro look, but upstairs is more formal and elegant.
Since le grillon means cricket you will see the large crickets lighting at the top or the walls.
Monday - Sunday 07:30 - 02:00 Steak tartare and sandwiches.
The Cours Mirabeau
Created in 1649 and refurbished just this year, the majestic tree-lined Cours Mirabeau is often described as the most beautiful street in France. Well, it is pretty, but not as wonderful as all that. It's not even the most beautiful in Aix, really, but it is the Main Street in many ways.
Coming from the Rotonde in high summer, you will find the Cours a welcome break from the beating sunlight, with it's shady plane trees. On the left hand side of the street is the bustle, for this is where the cafes are. Pass Le Festival, and you have Le Bistro Roman, and Movenpick ice creams (they do marvellous, if small, milkshakes - get the Tequila Sunrise one. Mmmwwaah!). This is the heart of chic Aix, the bourgeois capital of the south. Further on is Monoprix, the supermarket, outside of which can be found a fat but much-loved crepes man (with a match in his mouth, always), who in the winter swaps the crepes for roasted chestnuts, whose smell will drive you crazy! Next is the Librairie de Provence, a grand bookshop which sells foreign magazines and newspapers. Further up is Quick, the fast food restaurant that is Really Slow (see my Belgium pages for explanations!!). Les Deux Garcons, where Cezanne used to drink, is just a bit further up, and at the end is the Papeterie Michel, which sells stationary and cards and art materials for all. Aix is really a town for the artist in you.
Up and down the centre of the Cours are a series of fountains, very small, very old. The one outside Monoprix is covered in moss, but further up is one that may be even mossier, but brings forth warm water - this is part of Aix's legacy as a thermal spa town, whose history goes back to the Roman times.
On the other side of the Cours, the southern side which borders the classy Quartier Mazarin, can be found banks, not cafes. However, if you fancy watching a film, there is the Renoir cinema, which shows films in VO (original language).