I greatly enjoyed my time in Aix. There just seemed to be a gentle feeling in the streets lined with golden-hued buildings. Here are some suggestions of places that you might enjoy.
1. Les Fontaines – Aix is famous for having over a hundred fountains, and each one so different. It’s hard to go far without finding anither beauty.
2. Hôtel de Caumont – This is a small house museum. There are a few period rooms, a lovely parterre garden, and a special exhibit gallery. Until September, the exhibit is provençal painters from the Guggenheim collection in New York, especially native son Paul Cézanne. If you want to eat in the pretty tea room, do so before you leave, as we learned to our mystification that we wouldn’t be allowed to return for lunch just a couple of hours later.
3. L’Atelier de Cézanne – Speaking of Cézanne, no trip to Aix would be complete without visiting the atelier he had built in his final years. It’s full of props you’ll recognize from his still lives. Make sure to stroll up the road for a panoramic view of Mont Sainte-Victoire, which he painted over and over trying to capture the play of light and shadow.
4. Musée du Vieil Aix – I really liked this tiny museum for its collection of santons (traditional Christmas crèche figurines), it’s intricate shadow boxes, and model for a baptistry ceiling in Rome. It only takes a few minutes and it costs less than an ice cream cone for admission.
5. Pavillon de Vendôme – The gardens of this former mansion are a delightful place for a picnic. I wasn’t crazy about the contemporary art exhibit inside it, but you never know if you don’t look.
If you’ve been to Aix, what did you like best?