Top Attractions in Aix-en-Provence, Episode 33

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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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Top Attractions in Aix-en-Provence

  • 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
Learn More: Provence Destinations

Discussed in this Episode

  • Lubéron
  • Ansouis
  • Lourmarin
  • Mérindol
  • Pertuis
  • Gorges de Régalons
  • Gordes
  • Vacqueyras
  • Gigondas
  • Cassis
  • les Calenques de Cassis
  • Marseille soccer
  • Cucuron
  • Bonnieux
  • Roussillon
  • Abbey de Sénanque
pedestrian street: top attractions in aix-en-provence

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Wendy
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Wendy

Bonjoir, I thoroughly enjoy the weekly history lesson. The region or location is so much more than what one sees today.
Your build up (your delivery) that makes me want to visit a place I had never considered in France.
Thank you.

Bruce
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Bruce

Hello, I really enjoy your podcasts. First, a question. My wife and I will be in Paris next May. One of the days is May 1, a national holiday. On that day we plan to take either a train or plane to Bordeaux, with luggage. On May 1, is one better than another? Also should there be any problem getting a taxi that day? As a possible topic, as we will be in Paris for about a week, might you do one podcast on the flea markets , on the weekend? Are there companies that if you buy bigger items,… Read more »

Mary Hoekzema
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Mary Hoekzema

Bonjour Annie et Elyse. Bravo encore une fois! We have a trip planned for next September and it’s hard to wait. We are starting with a French home study in Nice and are planning to go north through Aix. Thanks for all the great ideas. What do you think of visiting La Corse from Nice first? And a podcast to go along with it sometime in the next year? Merci infiniement.

Tom
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Tom

Thanks for this wonderful podcast. I’ve recently home to Australia from a year living in Aix and my heart is longing for this beautiful city again. You’ve helped relive my fondest memories and solidify my love for Aix. Thanks.

Sue McCallister
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Sue McCallister

Right on the west end of Cours Mirabeau is a shopping center and an underground parking garage. The garage has a cool feature. There are sensors on every parking place which sense if it is filled or not. (If the car is parked in backward it might sense the place is empty) At the end of each row there is an overhead sign telling you how many spots are available. We had a great time eating lunch in a sidewalk cafe and watching people on market day (Tuesday). That, for me, is one of the best things to do while… Read more »

Kate
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Kate

Bonjour

I just recently found your podcast, its great. I have been to France 4 times. Last September 2015 I visited Aix – on my own. (woman, 57) I found it to be an easy small city to navigate. I have a couple of additions to your podcast. I took a bus from MRS to Aix. Easy and cheap. You can eat a burger in Aix!!… I ate Tartare de bouef at Marie Georgette’s which was delicious . I also did a market walking tour which was fun and informative. thank you for podcasting!