Road trip: A few hours in Aix-en-Provence

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Yesterday we got to make a quick trip to Aix-en-Provence.  Jon and I went to help Gail, our host, bring back some of her artwork that is in display in a gallery in Aix.  While Gail was fixing some plaster work on one of her pieces we wandered about Aix for about an hour.  It is a beautiful town, full of life and energy, mostly because it is packed with young people.  There are a lot of schools in and around the center of Aix and we happened to be out walking when most of the students were hanging out with their friends and taking their lunch break.  It was fun to feel part of a college town again!

Aix is well known for its tree lined street Cours Mirabeau which has recently taken on a new look.  The trees have been lined with red polka dots by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, it adds a fun, brightness, especially for the winter time.  The street is also home to the round about that separates the “old town” from the “new town” which has a beautiful fountain in the center of it.

Aix fountain

We also fell in love with this mossy fountain on Cours Mirabeau.

mossy fountain

From there we wandered the old town and came across various flower and food markets.  It was a nice escape for the day and another beautiful spot in Southern France.

We also had to get the local treat of Aix-en-Provence, which is a diamond shaped cookie.  It is interesting each area seems to have their own local sweets.  This one looks ridiculously sweet but surprisingly it is actually just mildly sweet with a soft almond center…yum, yum.

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