36 Hours in Aix-en-Provence

A year or so ago I read an article in the New York Times entitled 36 Hours in Aix-en-Provence. They do one of these once a week on places all over the world. Since I’m always in Aix I eagerly read the article and wondered where in the world they came up with the places the picked. Mostly it was bars, restaurants and a little shopping leading me to think that the article must have been written by a young person. Who gave them the information? Where can I get this job? Anyway, I decided to put together my own 36 Hours piece. I find I have to split it up into parts mainly because I have so many photos. Maurice and I actually did spend 36 hours in Aix the other day as we had to wait for our car to be worked on. It’s a wonderful place to be “stuck”.

Preface to 36 Hours in Aix:

A good starting point in visiting Aix is the Rotunde. The lovely Cours Mirabeau, a charming central street goes off this place and the Tourist Information Office is to the left of this fountain if Cours Mirabeau is behind you.

Aix is packed with places to eat and it is a pleasure to find an umbrella or tree to sit under, sometimes with a fountain trickling nearby, and watch the world go by. Cours Mirabeau has a line of cafes going all the way up one side but I like to go “inland” from there up the tiny streets to find a place.

Fountains can be found all over the city. This is one of my favorites.

Always keep looking up as you walk around Aix. There are amazing things overhead.

Aix is full of lovely buildings and churches.

There are Saints and Virgin Marys on many buildings overhead.

11 thoughts to “36 Hours in Aix-en-Provence”

  1. Hi Linda, thanks for the quick tour .. I am going to add this to my ever growing list of places to see.. I wish I could just do a long tour .. maybe one day.

  2. Lovely pictures, and I’ve always wanted to see Aix. I wouldn’t pay too much attention to those “36 Hours in” pieces. They’re pretty formulaic, and as far as I can tell have no relation whatsoever to what real people see and do when traveling.

  3. Sadly I didn’t get to see Aix when I was briefly in Provence this year, hopefully next year! That little cafe looks gorgeous, I love terraces like that.

  4. I was first introduced to Aix and the Cours Mirabeau by M.F.K. Fischer in her marvelous book “Map of Another Town” years ago. Never been there in person, so I am enjoying your photographs.

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