Aix-en-provence Vacation In The South of France
Aix-en-Provence once the home of Cezanne and of Emile Zola, is full of history, color, and texture and claims one of the most beautiful streets in France.
Aix en Provence will offer a great deal of sights and sounds of Provence. Aix offers house rentals apartment and vacation rentals.
Aix en Provence will offer lots to do and see and can be a base to visit other regions because Aix en Provence offers public transportation by bus or train to other cities and rental cars for trips into the hills for hiking, biking and kayaking excursions.
A good place to start a tour of Aix-en-Provence is at the tourist office just off the circle at the east end of the Cours Mirabeau.
Get Maps and other good info that suggests many interesting walks and trolley circuits through the city.
Vacation rentals in Aix-en-Provence are plentiful in the city boasting the most beautiful street in France according to the guidebooks. Other treasure of Aix might be of equal worth. The street, Cours Mirabeau, has its beauty to be sure, mostly for its Plane Trees (Sycamore), its sidewalk cafés, and its fountains, but look out! Cars use this street, built in 1649 for horse-drawn coaches, and if you think you are going to prop the family against La Fontaine D'eau Chaude (The Hot Water Fountain built in 1734) for a group photo, be careful of their toes or a fast moving Citroen might roll right over them.
The Cours Mirabeau does have its charm, however, with its 17th and 18 century hotels and villas and the restaurants that line the broad sidewalk and make the street look like a suburban version of the Champs-Elysee.
A walk on the Cours Mirabeau or a stop for a rest on one of the many benches can be pleasant way to people watch in spite of the traffic. A better bet, however, is to walk the pedestrian only streets and "Semi Pedestrian Only Streets" that line both sides of The Cours Mirabeau.
Wade into the heart of Aix-en-Provence on its winding, narrow streets and visit the 1665 Pavilion De Vendome and its gardens or walk through the narrow opening at the Passage Agard and visit the Deux Garcons Café, a haunt of Cezanne and rated a top restaurant.
On other walks you will find the plazas and fountains where Emile Zola grew up.
You can walk to the hill from the Plaza Hotel de Ville towards the first century edge of the city and pass the medieval rampart ( Just a little wall remaining) and visit the workshop of Cezanne. On the way, visit Gothic St. Sauveur Cathedral and its medieval chapel and the 1650s building housing the Museum of Tapestries. The architecture of Aix spans two millennium.
On the south side of the Cours the streets have a grid pattern and there you will find the L'Eglise St. Jean De Malte, a 12 the century Gothic church of the Knights of Malta.
On the north side of the Cours, the old town with its maze of narrow streets is much larger and its older buildings make it a great place to walk.
Trolleys and public buses also tour the city. Info is available at the tourist office. Follow the big i
Entering the city by car, the best bet is to head for the tourist info centers. Follow the big
Paid parking is available with an automated system of coin and receipt that you place on your dashboard.
The Hot Water Fountain built in 1734
Gothic St. Sauveur Cathedral and its chapel
Gothic St. Sauveur Cathedral
The Cours Mirabeau.
Aix-en-Provence, Renting a House or Vacation Rental
An Aix-en-Provence rental house or vacation rental in the south of France offers hiking biking and the culinary vacation. In Aix-en Provence find Vacation rentals, museums, city walking tours, and hiking trails.
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