Aix-en-Provence, France

Built in 1510, the clock tower (Belfry) sits atop the old city wall in Place de l’Hotel de Ville (City Hall Plaza) -- adjacent to City Hall; the astronomic clock (showing citizens the seasons) was added in 1661; Aix-en-Provence, France

Built in 1510, the clock tower (Belfry) sits atop the old city wall in Place de l’Hotel de Ville (City Hall Plaza) — adjacent to City Hall; the astronomic clock (showing citizens the seasons) was added in 1661; Aix-en-Provence, France

 

The birthplace of Cezanne, Aix-en-Provence is an enchanting French town (about an hour’s drive north of Marseille) known for its beautiful Old Town, public markets and many fountains (said to number over 1,000).  The main street, the broad, shaded (by giant plane trees) avenue is lined with shops and cafes on one side and handsome, old mansions on the other side.  We spent a day walking around old town, including a visit to Saint Sauveur Cathedral, built sporadically betweent he 4th and 17th centuries with a number of architectural styles.  Our shopping was mostly window shopping…  We went just beyond the edge of Old Town to enjoy a delicious luncheon with friends at L’Esprit de la Violette [see our next post for photographs from the Michelin-starred restaurant].

 

Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Aix-en-Provence, France

Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Aix-en-Provence, France

 

Looking up Cours Mirabeau (dating back to 1649), one of the main streets in Aix-en-Provence, France, that is lined with beautiful, giant plane trees and is the site of the morning local market (clothing, housewares and food)

Looking up Cours Mirabeau (dating back to 1649), one of the main streets in Aix-en-Provence, France, that is lined with beautiful, giant plane trees and is the site of the morning local market (clothing, housewares and food)

 

Yes, we did actually take a photograph of these exquisite French pastries and did not purchase and consume them just before lunch -- ☹, Aix-en-Provence, France

Yes, we did actually take a photograph of these exquisite French pastries and did not purchase and consume them just before lunch — ☹, Aix-en-Provence, France

The city’s oldest mansion, Maurel hotel Ponteves, also called Espagnet Hotel, (1648) in the center of Cours Mirabeau, is well known for the two muscular sculptures supporting the first floor balcony; Aix-en-Provence, France

The city’s oldest mansion, Maurel hotel Ponteves, also called Espagnet Hotel, (1648) in the center of Cours Mirabeau, is well known for the two muscular sculptures supporting the first floor balcony; Aix-en-Provence, France

 

A local artist sketches the façade of Maurel hotel Ponteves, Aix-en-Provence, France

A local artist sketches the façade of Maurel hotel Ponteves, Aix-en-Provence, France

 

A stone statue of King Rene (who died in Aix-en-Provence in 1480) holding a scepter in this right hand and a bunch of Muscat grapes on the left sits above a fountain at the eastern end of Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence, France

A stone statue of King Rene (who died in Aix-en-Provence in 1480) holding a scepter in this right hand and a bunch of Muscat grapes on the left sits above a fountain at the eastern end of Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence, France

 

Brightly colored Provencal fabrics for sale at the market on Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence, France

Brightly colored Provencal fabrics for sale at the market on Cours Mirabeau, Aix-en-Provence, France

 

A classical French architecture building in the center of old town, Aix-en-Provence, France

A classical French architecture building in the center of old town, Aix-en-Provence, France

 

Columns leading into a cloister at one of many churches in old town, Aix-en-Provence, France

Columns leading into a cloister at one of many churches in old town, Aix-en-Provence, France

 

One thought on “Aix-en-Provence, France

  1. Ahhh, the place which can consume a lifetime of writing and/or painting.

    So, did you go back AFTER lunch and get some of those fabulous pastries??

    Is anyone talking about the earthquakes in Italy and Myanmar?

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