In late 2010, my husband I are embarked on a 2 month trip around Europe. One of our most memorable holiday spots was a gorgeous quintessential Provencal town in the South of France, Aix-en-Provence.
We rented a car (equipped with a GPS) for our two week stay in Provence and spent our days exploring the gorgeous Provincial region. The town of Aix itself is picturesque, tranquil and very traditionally French with cobblestone roads and historic medieval landmarks. The main street, Cours Mirabeau is lined with majestic trees, bordered by traditional french houses and decorated by ancient historical fountains. Aix is often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains, and it’s true, they grace every corner, with the sound of the water adding to the ambiance and grace that is Aix!
The people of Aix are also very welcoming and humble. When we weren’t exploring the many hilltop towns outside of Aix-en-Provence, we spent our days basically absorbing what Aix has to offer, and living like the locals do – croissants and café au latte for breakfast, hunting for precious items (tapestries and woodwork) and fresh produce at the bustling daily markets, and people watching in the streets, just as Ernest Hemingway did! Aix over the centuries has also attracted many famous artists such as Matisse, Cezanne, Renoir and Van Gogh who have all taken inspiration from the tranquil landscape and have fallen in love with Aix as I have.