What are the top attractions in Aix-en-Provence and how did it get so famous? Let me get to the point right away: it’s beautiful, it has a rich history, great food, even better wine, a fantastic local culture and lifestyle. Yes, but what specifically? And what should you be sure to visit when you go? All the answers are in this episode!
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Books Mentioned on this Episode: L’Œuvre by Emile Zola and Alcools by Apolinaire
Aix-en-Provence, the gateway to the Provence area
Where did the name come from?
The city loses its privileged position
Becoming part of the French Kingdom
The Wars of Religion
Aix, the “Sleeping Beauty”
What put Aix back on the map
Top Attractions in Aix-en-Provence today
French people rediscover Provence
Author Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne had a falling out
Aix as a typical example of Provence architecture
The perfect place to for lunch: the Cours Mirabeau
This week on Join Us in France we welcome Elyse back and talk about the many things that happen in France as soon as school vacations roll around. Every year it’s the same: most French people go into vacation mode and many things change all around the country. Does that change anything for visitors? Yes, it certainly does! To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, let us say that an ounce of vacation planning is worth a pound of cure. We touch on summer traffic jams, how French people return to family homes, the difficulties of finding a restaurant open on a Sunday night, and the general ambiance in various regions along French coasts, and much more. Enjoy the show!
Being in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language well can be a challenge for anyone, but in France it doesn’t have to be. Yes, you heard me! There is no good reason to have a hard time in France just because you don’t speak French.
What’s the secret? There’s only one thing you need to know: You must learn a few words of French and you must use them! It’s not very difficult, there are really only 4 that are mandatory, and our list only contains around 20 total. You can probably master those by the time you’re done listening to the podcast. We discuss those magic words and more on today’s show with Todd Newman, author of the wonderful blog Newmans of Leguevin. You will find the list of “magic words” and link to Todd’s blog after the fold 🙂
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