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10 Aix-en-Provence - Provencal city living Provence has a lot of villages, valleys, vineyards and orchards. The slow life in the breath-taking countryside is what attracts many to the area, but sometimes you might feel like a little urban action. Aix-en- Provence is the perfect city for a hit of European cosmopolitan flair. People watching on the famous Cours Mirabeau, under the shade of ancient plane trees with a glass of rosé can keep you entertained for hours as you rest from your market shopping: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for both the food and flower market. Then meander up to the Cathedral to see the baptistery - Aix’s oldest existing building which incredibly dates back to the year 500. On your way, you may find yourself stopping to taste the irresistible flavours of France. My personal favourites are madeleines, choux pastries, and Puyicard chocolate - simply divine! Art lovers can retrace the steps and visit the studio of the great Cezanne who captured its beauty and light in his paintings. Historians can see archaeological digs taking place. There is really is something for everyone in Aix.
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