Walking Tour of Aix-en-Provence

After an early, hearty breakfast at Les Deux Garçons (“the most famous brasserie in Aix. Built in 1792, it has been frequented by the likes of Paul Cézanne, Émile Zola and Ernest Hemingway”), Philip met us with a cheerful walk about Aix.

We started our morning with a visit to the nearby Marché Place Richelme, a local producers’ market on Place Richelme near the city hall, which is open daily 9:00AM – 12:30PM. Jennie blogged about our visit to the market on her blog, The Seasoned Dish. You can see her story by clicking here.

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This market was in the plaza in front of l’Hotel de Ville (town hall).

l'Hotel de Ville

l’Hotel de Ville

Leaving the market, we all had to stop and take a photo of this coffee shop with a clever name.

Aix-presso

Aix-presso

We visited the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour.

Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d'Aix

Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur d’Aix

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Colloquially translated, this poster says, "We haz a Pope."

Colloquially translated, this poster says, “We haz a Pope.”

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These little markers are in the sidewalks all around Aix; some point out key sites from Cezanne’s life…

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… and some tell dogs where to go.

The streets are flushed out in the mornings and dog refuse is supposed to be in the gutter.

The streets are flushed out in the mornings and dog refuse is supposed to be in the gutter.

Some other lovely objects from our walk around Aix:

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Our hotel was just a block away from this huge fountain in “La Rotonde” (roundabout).

“La Rotonde” fountain, built in 1860

NEXT STOP: CEZANNE’S ATELIER

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The Marcel Pagnol Pilgrimage

Two members of our touring group (Jeff and Deborah) are fans of the writer and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol, and all of us have seen at least some of his movies, so we decided to take advantage of the proximity along our route from Nice to Aix-en-Provence to visit some key sites from his life and films.

We met our tour guide MaryJane at the birthplace of Marcel in Aubagne.

The Birthplace of Marcel Pagnol in Aubagne

The Birthplace of Marcel Pagnol in Aubagne

 Closeup of the plaque

We then traveled to Le Treille, where much of the childhood of Marcel Pagnol took place.  We were delighted to spot a few familiar locales from the movies “My Father’s Glory” and “My Mother’s Castle“.

One of the mansions along the canal, seen in "My Mother's Castle"

One of the mansions along the canal, seen in “My Mother’s Castle”

Fountain from "Manon of the Spring" and MaryJane, our tour guide

Fountain from “Manon of the Spring” and MaryJane, our tour guide

Marcel Pagnol's Gravesite

Marcel Pagnol’s Gravesite

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To wrap up the Marcel Pagnol bit of our tour, on Tuesday, Philip surprised us with a visit to the church where the Manon character was married in the 1986 version of Manon of the Spring.

Scene from the movie "Manon of the Springs"

Scene from the movie Manon of the Spring

The church, as we saw it (Eglise Saint Barthelemy)

The church, as we saw it
(Eglise Saint Barthelemy)

NEXT STOP: AIX-EN-PROVENCE and the HOTEL DE GANTES