Petit Village de Provence, Aix-en-Provence
In the steps of Cézanne or just for you, to enjoy by yourself this specific Provençal art, I recommend:
- The cours Mirabeau (and the "Café des deux garçons")
- Church of Saint Jean De Malte
- The Fontain of Rue des Bagniers
- The Rotunda Fountain (1860), beginning of the Cours Mirabeau.
- a monumental fountain, on the Preachers' Square
- The St Sauveur Cathedral, (12th to the 16th century)
Interesting other website (and one photo from this):
Like said in the introduction, the main attraction of Aix is its atmosphere. You wouldn’t be the first to arrive at Aix and simply never want to leave again. We stayed in an apartment in the city centre for a week and loved every minute of it. The city is filled with squares, fountains, terraces and plane-trees (sycamore) to provide the necessary shadow. Several interesting churches and a cathedral are present as well as well as a nice bell tower in the heart of the city centre. Apart from the buildings Aix is also great for shopping, people watching, eating and drinking. Although it is fair to warn you, that because of the many tourists, many restaurants are real tourist traps.
Aix is full of pretty, romantic spots, where the evening closes in like it does in films. But nowhere is like the Place d'Albertas. With it's pretty central fountain, which to be fair is no more than a big bird-bath, this cobbled courtyard, enclosed on three sides by old rococo walls, is usaully lit up by the evening, and in summer hosts live music. But if you meet your date here before you set off for a meal at La Pizza or somewhere, then love will surely be in the air. Ah yes..!
Aix was the capitol of Provence in the 15th century, Wealthy merchants and local dignitaries helped turn this city into the Florence of Provence as we know it today. One can find all the beauty of the noble Provence of the17th and 18th centuries: handsome houses of the upper class, private mansions, ancient fountains and shaded narrow streets.
As a city of art and culture Aix possesses a wealth of superbe architecture that has been carefully preserved and restored. One can admire the private mansions with their sculptured doors and windows and the intricate iron work on the balconies.