Novotel Aix-en-Provence (Sud)
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... br> Like most of the places in the region, Marseille has an old city with narrow, steep streets; a Hotel-de-Ville (City Hall); and a Hotel-Dieu (it was a hospital but is now an Intercontinental Hotel). As in Lyon (3rd biggest city in France), Marseille has its Arc de Triomphe, its basilica on a hill – we didn’t see an Eiffel tower look-alike though!!
We spent our first day walking around our immediate area. ...
... powers and so far we have found free parking on the street. Let's see if
The city is charming and is the home of Cezanne's art studio. If we lean out of the window
we can see Mount Victoire which plays a big part in many of Cezanne's paintings.
The city is also known for having wonderful markets most days of the week.
... for a break, and some 'Osborne' Porto which was bought in Madrid. Plan to check out the fish markets earlier Sunday morning - by the New Port, which is the old Port. Areas first settled 2,600 years ago, & second largest French town, after Paris. Out for fish stew, with Sonja having some very large prawns in a creamy sauce; and then a walk around the port enjoying the ...
... was a parking garage conveniently located nearby.
We walked around a little in order to find just the right cafe. We found a good one, Cafe de la Fountain, in between two other cafes right in front of the most amazing fountain. The fountain was covered in moss and ferns. There was no indication of what the original fountain looked like. It was currently in the form of a giant green mushroom with water dripping into the basin below.
Lunch was good. Hunter ...
... hardly a cloud and that azure water! Heaven? We didn't have enough time in Nice - simply it was a lunch stop and it took too long! Most days we have managed to find a little cafe with a few simple salads on the menu (nicoise for Mr S and Caesar for moi) and only take 30 mins so we have time to see some stuff. We had been warned about Provence time (a bit like Fiji time) but this has worked pretty well for us - nice long naps in the afternoon etc but today it just meant that our lunch ...