Aix-en-Provence

After spending a lovely morning at the huge Wednesday market in Arles

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On arrival in Aix we parked our car at the Mignet Car park and took to the streets of the old part of Aix on foot.

Instead of just wandering we decided to get a map from the Tourist Information Centre. On our way we came upon this statue of famous artist Paul Cezanne. However he was in less than desirable surroundings in front of a  building site.

 

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At least he had a good view of the fountain in the Place General de Gaulle opposite.

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In fact fountains big and small seemed to be a feature.

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As we continued up Rue Espariat we could see also that cafe life was well revered here too.

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At Rue Bédarrides we turned left. Karen took some time for retail therapy in some of the shops.

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From there we made our way towards the Town Hall in Place Richelme.

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We made our way deeper into the old town. The buildings were quite beautiful and reminded us in some ways of Paris.

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The Cathédrale Saint-Saveur also caught our interest. Much work over many years from the 5th to the 17th centuries has been done on the cathedral.

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Another thing we noted was signage informing us of the former names and usages of buildings and streets.

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After an extensive walk around the old town we joined the cafe crowd to finish an interesting time in the lovely Aix.

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