Aix-en-Provence: Trip Diaries

Day 1 – En Route to Aix-en-Provence

I am this time traveling with my mom and sister. We first fly to Marseille Airport which is located midway from Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. There is a shuttle service departing every 30 minutes and which takes you to Aix again in 30 minutes. We check into our hotel (Hotel de France) which is located right by Cours Mirabeau and head into one of the plazas in the town to benefit from the good weather for an outdoor dinner. This is my third time in this town and it still takes my breath away. Imagine it like a smaller version of Paris filled with only good parts of Paris and surrounded by amazing landscape.

Day 2 – Discovering Aix-en-Provence

We wake up to a rainy day and it just makes a great excuse for our original plan anyhow. Just touring the cafes and restaurants of beautiful Aix-en-Provence. We hit the Cours Mirabeau first thing in the morning and get our breakfast at le Grillon. I find the atmosphere and the interior decoration of le Grillion to be very inviting and cozy compared to some other French brasseries where they for some reason chose to use cheap looking leather chairs – making the places look like a run-down night club. Grillion has none of that and it has a hole on the ceiling that serves for quite interesting compositions focusing on French cafe life. Rest of the day is spent touring the beautiful streets of Aix with occasional wine stops.

Day 3 – Studio of Cézanne

We had our breakfast today at the lovely Maison Weibel and toured around the food market. Markets here open early in the morning and get closed shortly after lunch time. You can see that these markets are a real option for the locals of Aix for their food shopping as you can find nearly anything there including cheese and seafood products. We in the afternoon walk up to Cézanne’s Studio, which is located at the outskirts of the mountains surrounding Aix. This is the place that Cézanne used in the last years of his life and everything remains intact as in the exact form he left.