Art de Vivre
There is no more sunny and celebrity-rich part of France than Provence, this iconic wedge of glittering coast, mountain retreat, Roman temple and gastronomic Art de Vivre.
Travelling in Provence means sensual sauntering through scented lavender fields and vineyards, around vibrant morning markets, and along paradisaical shores lapped by clear turquoise waters.
At just 20 minutes far from Marignane Airport, the cultural capital of Provence : Aix en Provence radiates artistic elegance. The hometown of Paul Cézanne and his friend, the writer Emile Zola, Aix-en-Provence enjoys an idyllic Mediterranean setting and a lively student-led atmosphere.
Aix en Provence is all class: its plane tree–shaded boulevards and public squares are lined with 17th- and 18th-century mansions, such as La Maison d’Aix built in 1789, and punctuated by gurgling, moss-covered fountains.
The city’s grandest avenue, cours Mirabeau, is guarded by haughty stone lions – and by fashionable Aixois sipping espresso on wicker chairs on elegant café terraces. Living is stylish, landscapes are lyrical.
Aix en Provence is an old-fashioned love affair that never dies.