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Great Short Trip – Part 2 Aix-en-Provence

The historical capital spreads an enchanting and picturesque atmosphere. “Aix” attracts with its Mediterranean climate and especially during the cool winter months with surprisingly mild temperatures.

It used to be the place of world-famous painters and writers, where Paul Cezanne or Émile Zola got inspired by the peaceful environment of the city’s twisty alleyways and countless fountains. Unique are the hot springs, developed by the Romans and serving the local thermal springs to date.

Der perfekte Tag:

Sun-ripened eggplants, tasty cream cheese and, of course, the obligatory range of lavender products – the market at Place Richelme is a true paradise for foodies. You better taste the freshly-baked Baguette with home-made Salami immediately on-site. And don’t forget some almond sweets by Calissons, they’re a great souvenir for those at home.
The old town of Aix has its origins in the Roman Antiquity and experienced a heyday in the Middle Ages. A stroll through the streets is the perfect lesson of savoir-vivre – the typical hustle and bustle à la Paris or Marseille? Completely unthinkable!
Enjoy total relaxation at the Therme Sextius where the antique remainders uncover under the impressive glass bottom. Special treatments like almond oil or hydro massage can be highly recommended and should be booked in advance. Afterwards, those who want to can enjoy a glass of Bandol Rosé at Les Deux Garçons at Cours Mirabeau where guests like Edith Piaf, Pablo Picasso or Jean-Paul Sartre were hosted in the past.
The Musée Granet at Place St-Jean-de-Malte is also worth visiting: besides the paintings of former local hero Cézanne, works of Rubens, Klee or Mondrian can be admired here.

 

Travel tips:

To Paris by plane, from here at lightning speed with the TGV or fly to Marseille, a train will take you to „La Gare d’Aix-en-Provence“ in 30 minutes only.

 

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