Aix en Provence (or simply Aix) is a city of around 143,000 people in south east France, 19 miles north of Marseilles. Although it is a city, Aix has a relaxed and intimate feel. Here’s a selection of my favourite photographs I took on a trip there in June this year.
A busy ring road encircles the old centre of Aix. Within the centre, the mainly eighteenth and nineteenth century streets make a pleasant place to wander round in.
Food and Drink
The chance to sample fine food and drink is one of the major attractions of Aix. The French region of Provence has a distinctive cuisine and there are plenty of chances to buy and eat fresh local produce. This is a refreshing change from the global brands that appear everywhere, although they happily live side by side in this city.
It Pays to Look Around
Aix has many interesting sights to offer, often in surprising juxtaposition to each other. It’s a good exercise to look upwards as there is always something intriguing to see.
The area of Provence has always had strong artistic connections and it’s not surprising to understand why. Not only is the scenery breathtaking, but the quality of the light gives everything great clarity, colour and vibrancy. Many famous artists have worked in the area. Including Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, and Matisse. It’s difficult not to be inspired by staying there.