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Top Attractions in Aix-en-Provence, Episode 33

Top attractions in Aix-en-Provence, Aix city center.

Top Attractions in Aix-en-Provence

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

Episode Highlights

  • Aix-en-Provence, the gateway to the Provence area
  • Where did the name come from?
  • Aix-en-Provence History
    • Roman Empire
    • 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
  • Shopping center Les Allées Provençales.
  • A great place for people who love the sun!
  • The Granet Museum
  • Annie’s favorite top attraction in Aix-en-Provence: the Cézanne painting studio
  • Festival d’Arts Lyriques in Aix every July
  • Elyse’s favorite top attractions in Aix-en-Provence: the Saturday open-air market in Aix
  • The Aix Christmas market and handmade Santons
  • Calissons d’Aix
  • Movies about Provence: Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources
  • Provence Food: Aïoli Recipe by Jamie Oliver

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Episode 32 Vacation in France

Vacation in France in July and August

Saint Rémy de Provence
Saint Rémy de Provence

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!

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Episode 30 Survival French with Todd Newman

Todd Newman

Survival French Challenge

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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