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“What I've always imagined a French village to be like...”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Vieil Aix

Vieil Aix
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Private Tour: Aix-en-Provence and Cassis Day Trip from Marseille
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Orinda, California
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“What I've always imagined a French village to be like...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

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.

Visited July 2013
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“Aix-en-Provence aka Fabulous”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

There is only one way to describe Aix - fabulous.This town or more accurately small city is fantastic.You need to take the time to explore the lovely small streets that branch off Cours
Mirabeau which itself is very pretty but very commercialised.By leaving the main street,you will find well priced restaurants,bakeries,chocolatiers and also other shops.When the sunshine is added to the mix,what more could you ask for ?

Visited August 2013
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“Try the Diablines electric cars”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We spent one and a half days and 2 evenings exploring old Aix,including Thursday markets.We enjoyed walking but we also enjoyed the electric cars which take 6 passengers.There are 3 routes,starting near the tourist office.You can get off or hail and get on anywhere along the route.They are used by locals at least as much by locals (some of whom are friendly and chat) as by tourists. These electric cars are allowed in the pedestrianized zones.

We enjoyed spending time at cafes in the squares admiring the architecture and enjoying the long summer evenings.

Visited July 2013
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“Markets, squares and fountains - great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Aix is a little city with lots to see and explore. There is an open-air food market each morning at Place Richelme and a clothing/fabric market along Cours Mirabeau on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. There are squares with fountains around every corner, each lovely. Walking Aix's old city was a real treat.

Visited July 2013
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“Charming city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

We were on an organized tour and had a wonderful guide named Marc. He took us on a walking tour of the old city starting at the beautiful landmark fountain. We got to a cathedral he wanted us to go in, but there was a funeral that day and time, so we only saw the outside. It was kismet however because we happened to see a sign for a Matisse exhibit at the local museum, so we were able to book tickets for that and considered it a bonus. After the museum, we ate at a locally historic cafe because Emile Zola and Paul Cezanne hung out there together and influenced the arts community as well as the town.

Visited July 2013
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