Welcome to Impressionist France! Aix-en-Provence in the south of France treadmill walking tour

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City Walks: Aix-En-Provence, France – Virtual Walking Treadmill Video and City Tour

I didn’t get around to my second city walk for some time. I didn’t realize how much people would enjoy these walks until much later and missed a lot of great opportunities to share our travels. Never the less the sunny south of France did not disappoint and we had a great visit. Provence lived up to its promise. The streets and center of the city known for its ties to Cezanne really charmed us. I hope that comes through in this walk from 2017 in Provencal.

tourists walking under tree lined streets of Aix-en-provence in France citywalks
The tree lined streets of Aix are a perfect place to stroll in search of a cafe

A morning walk through the impressionist mecca of Aix en Provence in Southern France. Covering much of the old town, the train station, and several other locations including Cours Mirabeau. Famous for its impressionist painters “Aix” is now a serene, manageable city in the region of Provence, France. The weather is delightful there as are the tree lined streets and classic 19th Century architecture. Many parks, restaurants, and hotels make this a tourist spot for all travelers. There are also great walking tours and museums. Come explore this famous city in the south of France on a beautiful summer day.

Rainy day in tree lined streets of Aix-en-provence France on a city walks live
It rains sometimes, even in Aix-en-provence, France

If you never get to visit Aix on your own, you can at least walk the sublime, springtime streets with me. Enjoy and Keep on Steppin’ -H

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Carousel in Aix-en-Provence, France during city walking tour

More Facts about Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is a city in Southern France, about 30 km (19 mi) north of Marseille. It has a population of Aix-en-Provence of approximately 143,000.

The Cours Mirabeau, a wide thoroughfare, planted with double rows of plane trees, is bordered by fine houses and decorated by fountains. It follows the line of the old city wall, and divides the town into two sections. The new town extends to the south and west; the old town, with its narrow, irregular streets and its old mansions dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, lies to the north. Situated on this avenue, which is lined on one side with banks and on the other with cafés, is the Deux Garçons, the most famous brasserie in Aix. Built in 1792, it was frequented by the likes of Paul Cézanne, Émile Zola and Ernest Hemingway.

The Cathedral of the Holy Saviour (Aix Cathedral) is situated to the north in the medieval part of Aix. Built on the site of a former Roman forum and an adjacent basilica, it contains a mixture of all styles from the 5th to the 17th century, including a richly decorated portal in the Gothic style with doors elaborately carved in walnut. Also, The interior contains 16th-century tapestries, a 15th-century triptych, depicting King René and his wife on the side panels, as well as a Merovingian baptistery, its Renaissance dome supported by original Roman columns. The archbishop’s palace (Palais de l’Archêveché) and a Romanesque cloister adjoin the cathedral on its south side. The Archbishopric of Aix is now shared with Arles.

The Aix-en-Provence Town Hall (Hôtel de Ville), a building in the classical style of the middle of the 17th century, looks onto a picturesque square (Place de l’Hôtel de Ville).  Also has a handsome clock-tower erected in 1510. Nearby are the remarkable thermal springs, containing lime and carbonic acid, that first drew the Romans to Aix and gave it the name Aquae Sextiae.

Aix is often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains. Among the most notable are the 17th-century Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (Fountain of the Four Dolphins) in the Quartier Mazarin, designed by Jean-Claude Rambot, and three of the fountains down the central Cours Mirabeau: At the top, a 19th-century fountain depicts the “good king” René holding the Muscat grapes that he introduced to Provence in the 15th century; halfway down is a natural hot water fountain (34 °C), covered in moss, dating back to the Romans; and at the bottom at la Rotonde, the hub of modern Aix, stands a monumental fountain from 1860 beneath three giant statues representing art, justice and agriculture.

In the older part of Aix, there are also fountains of note in the Place d’Albertas and the Place des Trois-Ormeaux.

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