Strolling around old Aix-en-Provence is absolutely wonderful. The town feels unspoiled by modern civilization - no high-rise buildings or busy traffic. I didn't even know that the cars that provide locals and tourists a lift are electric until reading others' reviews here.
Aix-en-Provence maintains the charming atmosphere of a small village. Everywhere you look are orange-cream colored houses with shuttered windows, some with exquisitely carved doors. Numerous pastry shops, chocolatiers and candy stores abound along the narrow side streets, their window displays beautifully decorated with pastel colored goodies. Tributes to Paul Cézanne are everywhere, from his bronze statue to the ubiquitous tiles embedded along the sidewalks. There is a wonderful outdoor market with salamis, cheeses, fruits and veggies, olives, breads, etc. Most of the vendors happily give out samples.
Be sure to check out the Cathedrale St. Sauveur and its cloisters. After our group tour ended, we had some time to walk around on our own and grab lunch. It can get a bit confusing to navigate the side streets, though one can always get one's bearings by asking anyone to point the way to Cours Mirabeau and the large fountain at one end of it ("Rotonde"). However, a street map would be handy to have.
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