"Aix marks the Spot" Top 5 Page for this destination Aix-en-Provence by rickyvilla81

Aix-en-Provence Travel Guide: 340 reviews and 736 photos

Nestled in the shadow of the grand Montagne St. Victoire which looms like a tidal wave frozen in time, Aix-en-Provence , once the home of Cezanne and Zola - now the home of John Malkovich - is one of the more charming of French cities, small enough for a daytrip, large enough for a lifetime.

But enough of that. I spent a year living and working there among the Aixois, catching the capital of Provence in all its seasons, tasting all its flavours. There, I taught English among other things at the Universite de Provence, an enormous institution that is vital to the city - here you will find masses of tourists in the summer, but thousands of students throughout the year.

In fact, I met my wife here, on a rainy February evening back in 2002. We have our favourite romantic spots in Aix, such as La Pizza, and the Place d'Albertas.

I've been back a few times since I left, I love this place. Last time I went I climbed up St.Victoire again. I think I know a fair bit about the place, but each to their own. I hope you like what I've posted!


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  • Pros:full of history
  • Cons:also full of dog poo
  • Last visit to Aix-en-Provence: Nov 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Nice page

  • ForestqueenNYC's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2006 at 7:04 PM

    Update on John Malkovich. I was in Aix last January and a friend of mine who works at the travel agency near the Monoprix on the Cours told me that JM no longer lives there. He may have moved to Paris, but I have also heard he'd moved to Boston.

  • tini58de's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2006 at 11:56 PM

    Rickie, I returned to your great page - this time because we booked a flight to Marseille and I am looking for info on where to base ourselves: Aix or Marseille! You got ME convinced already! Thanks!

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2005 at 4:35 PM

    Well done - thanks for taking the time to share such great info/photos. Cheers!

  • rwlittle's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2005 at 8:56 PM

    What camera did you use to take that photo??? ;)

  • IceBear7's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2005 at 3:10 PM

    brilliant info, thx

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2005 at 4:30 AM

    Wonderful city for an artist. You are lucky to have been there for a year. I could use some of that sunshine right now. Loved the tree lined street.

  • lomi's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2004 at 1:44 PM

    Suppositry type medication is also popular in Spain! I know, I was given a large 'pill' for an attack of vertigo, but hey it works.

  • tpal's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2004 at 8:25 AM

    We're thinking of Provence for our next big trip and have just started the research. Your site is a great jumping off point. Thanks for the inspiration ...Tom

  • barryg23's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2004 at 2:57 PM

    Brilliant page, really helpful tips for our upcoming trip.


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