Putting The Aix in Relaxing

Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
Trip End Oct 10, 2008

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Domaine De La Blaque, Provence

Flag of France  , Provence,
Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Faced with the option of a short drive to Aix-en-Provence or a longer drive to Marseille, we opted for the short drive and a relaxing day. We are at Day 8 of our travels today and have kind of hit a wall in terms of our energy levels.

A nice sleep-in was just what we needed to help recharge our batteries and we arrived into Aix mid-morning to find the main street, Cours Mirabeau, full of markets. Not cool food markets, like we were expecting but cheap clothing and soap markets. We sat and watched the world go by in a café with our morning coffee, before heading off to explore the streets. My initial impression of Aix was a little disappointing to be honest, as it didn't seem to have the small town Provencal charm that I was expecting. It did start to grow on me however, as we got away from the main street and started to walk down little narrow laneways and stumbled on cool squares full of restaurants.

This town has an incredible number of fountains, and you stumble on a different one almost on every street. We had hoped to catch the food market to pick up some fresh produce for dinner, but we arrived a little late and found them in the process of packing up.  

The region of Provence is absolutely gorgeous, particularly as you get away from the bigger towns like Aix and drive further into the countryside. My advice would be to find yourself a little B&B and get out an explore some of the country roads and vineyards as that is the bit of Provence that we hope to get back to some day.
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