Smaller and more genteel than scruffy yet fascinating Marseille, Aix-en-Provence covers the upscale Provencal city category with its pedestrian city center, narrow streets, and conservative atmosphere. The birthplace of Cezanne has seen visitors increase since the TGV high speed train connection to Paris and other cities was established, although a ... Read more
strong international student presence has existed for years due to the presence of three universities and a plethora of French foreign language schools. Strolling amongst Aix's plentiful fountains, Saturday flower markets, and wrought-iron bell towers exemplifies the civilized charm of this city of Provence.

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  • 7.2
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  • 6.8
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  • 6.7
    Luxury Travellers
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It's an amazing city to study and go out. Although it's small you can do so much

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Bedford

Very nice city but I was looking for something a little more quaint and Aix is not that. Lots of high end shopping and dining.

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Bedford

Aix is a lovely city, but definitely not the quaint little Provincial town I was expecting! Instead of a small street market, the first thing I saw getting off the train was an Apple store. The city has a large student population and a busy, almost hectic pace. Lots of upscale shopping and some historic sights.

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Redwood City

Aix-en-Provence is a truly charming town. I went only for a day trip, but loved walking around the town, browsing the markets, and eating too much good cheese and local baked goods. I will definitely return and spend more time in the town.

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Brisbane

One of the larger cities in Provence. It is like much of Provence very charming. This was the home to the famous french artist Cézanne. The city has an amazing variety of fountains. Definitely take some time to go exploring the city and look at these fountains. Aix-en-Provence, is a bit more expensive then other parts of Provence, but it is very much worth the visit

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Huntington Beach

A fantastic city that anyone going to France should experience!
I took a train from Lyon to Aix and then rented a car and to see all of the sights and drive to Provence/South of France.
There are many sights and small villages that are worth exploring in the area.

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Weston

This is a charming, elegant, aristocratic city with a tree lined boulevard and squares with fountains throughout the city. It was founded by the Romans in 123 BC...lots of history. Cezanne was born here in 1839. Many 17th century mansions...beautiful.

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San Diego

I spent an evening in Aix... spinning around in circles and getting lost and found. Mostly it was the wine. Otherwise, it was my general distaste for direction. And by distaste I mean I'm genetically inept at finding my way around in any quick manner.

So after three trips around various parts of the city centre, we finally found our hotel for the night. But not after dipping into various attractive cafes, restaurants and bars.

So, stumblingly, drunk.

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I lived in Aix for a month while studying French at the IS school for language. My apartment was near the Rotunde on the Ave des Belges, heading onto the famous Cours Mirabeau; one of the loveliest streets in all of Provence. Aix is known formats hundreds of fountains. The restaurants ate Devine and the movie theaters plentiful (and not to miss - they have wine bars in the lobby). The city's easy to see on foot and they also have a tourist tram and lots of public transit.

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Guangzhou

Paul Cezanne. The garden visit is for free, and 2 euro to see the 2-story house. We hesitated at the front door as we were so broke at the moment. then the lady let us in for free. She said you can't come and leave without visiting his home.

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