Aix-en-Provence and the Hotel de Gantes

After two days of travel and sightseeing, we arrived in Aix-en-Provence, our base camp for two nights. We were staying at a lovely hotel right on the main square of Aix — seems fabulous, right? Unfortunately, the first thing we had to do was unload all of our suitcases and carry-ons off the bus and drag them down two blocks of the oh-so-fashionable Cours Mirabeau, in full view of all the beautiful people sitting outside at the sidewalk cafe tables.

Although this photo was taken later in the season than our early April trip, it was a beautiful day and the cafes were full of beautiful people.

Although this photo was taken later in the season than our early April trip, it was a beautiful day and the cafes were full of beautiful people watching the tourists being tourists.

Fortunately, the story quickly got better. We found the hidden entrance to the Hotel de Gantes

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That’s Suzanne reflected in the glass doors.

… and were checked in and ushered to our beautiful and spacious Aix-en-Provence-themed rooms. Each room is decorated to represent an important figure in Aix history or an artistic or literary figure who frequented the restaurant at the street level of the hotel — the Brasserie Les Deux Garçons.

Tom and Jennie stayed in the Rene Roi bedroom, with its funky king chair and canopied bed.

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The bathroom in the Rene Roi bedroom. Yes, those are glass windows and doors.

The Les Deux Garcons cafe has been an Aix landmark for over a hundred years.

The Brasserie Les Deux Garçons has been an Aix landmark for many years.

Our tour included continental breakfast in the brasserie, surrounded by the elegant gold-ivory style Consulate decor, which dates from the restaurant’s founding in 1792.

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Behind the menu, the two real brothers are hiding. 🙂

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Our wake-up call came pretty early on Monday.

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It was easy to convince Jennie to get an omelette to go with the pastries.

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