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