Another one of those small old fashioned French towns that is just gorgeous. This is a university town and it is also very famous for Paul Cezanne that lived and worked here. We spent an evening and half of the following day here taking in the many sights and strolling the cobbled stoned streets.
Streets filled with charm and old buildings. It said in the guidebook that this city is kind of tricky to find your way in. It is built around town squares and the small narrow streets are created like a maze. It sure felt like a maze but still it is not such a big city that you get lost. The houses and buildings are old and almost seem to tilt. Time has taken it's toll and both streets and buildings have become crooked.
We fell in love immediately with all the lively town squares. Here people gather in the evening and here you find all the small cozy restaurants.
I just can never seem to stop taking pictures of the windows on these older buildings. Love the window panes and all the flowers that people put out on their window sills.
This is the dolphin fountain. We read about it in our guide book and wanted to see it as it was considered one of the most beautiful of all of the fountains here in Aix en Provence. It is beautiful. It was located on one of the more quiet back streets.
Something else that I just can't seem to get enough of are the French farmers markets. Love love love walking around there looking at all the goods, the people shopping and feeling the scents of fresh vegetables, fruits, cheeses, and bread.
Paul Cezanne. The father of Aix en Provence. We walked up to this studio located up on the hill. By the time he bought it and worked here it was considered to be located out in the country side outside the city. His father was a hat maker before he became a banker and the building where the hat shop was located can still be seen. Cezanne himself never had any regular job but only worked as an artist. He spent all day and every day of the week in his studio. It was a great place as well as his garden outside. You can really understand how he could find inspiration by taking a nice break out in this garden.