Aix-en-Provence (March 2017)

As I approached my last day in the South of France and before I started the 850 mile (1300 km) journey home, I reflected on all the places I had visited on this trip.  I was truly buzzing from the experience and I wondered if I had just struck it lucky in my choices / recommendations, or whether Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon are just two of the most beautiful regions of France.  I believe I found my answer in Aix-en-Provence (Aix).

Aix, often referred to as the town of a thousand fountains, was the perfect end to the perfect trip.  The moment I entered the city centre, found Cours Mirabeau and the first of many fountains spouting their glistening water, I just knew the next few hours where going to be a treat and they were.  Aix is vibrant, elegant and cultured, and reminded me a little of Montpellier.  For me, Aix epitomised Provence, around every corner, down every narrow street and in every square, there was something to marvel at, something that draws you deeper into its depths and refuses to let you go.  I only wish I had left more time to explore Aix, but all the more reason to return…

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Cours Mirabeau – Aix-en-Provence

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Fontaine du Roi Rene

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La Rotonde

 

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Fontaine d’eau Chaude

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Fontaine des Neuf Canons

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Fontaine de Albertas

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Fontaine des Bagniers

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Hotel de Ville

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Eglise St Esprit

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