The city is totally different from Marseille just 32km away, in fact it´s as if they were in two different countries. Aix is very upmarket and expensive, the buildings are just a few floors high, all in the traditional pastel colours of Provence, but a very clean and tidy city unlike Marseille.
We wanted to do a tourist bus tour of the town, but unfortunately on that day they weren´t working. So we did the next best thing - we had seen these tiny 7 passenger buses driving around the narrow inner city roads - and we hopped on one of them. They are even allowed on the pedestrian only lanes.
|The tiny mini buses that have 3 routes around the town|
|Beautiful wrought iron work atop this church tower|
The riot of smells and colours are amazing and you feel like buying the lot. The fruit was good and cheap and I found a great variety of flowers and plants, also very cheap, comparing to Australian prices of course.
|Don´t you love the dotted colourful tablecloths?|
|Apricots, strawberries and cherries everywhere!|
|Uhmm, the cheeses...|
|Spices galore, the smell was great!|
Aix en Provence was the birthplace of Paul Cezanne, and where he lived after studying Fine arts in Paris. There are a few tours to visit his place of residence and art museums, but we were there just for a few hours, so had no time to do any of the cultural tours.
The gardens around Aix are also very pretty and there are a lot of mansions with gardens that can be visited.