"Aups - one of the nicest villages of Provence" Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Things to Do Tip by King_Golo
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At first we didn't intend to come to Aups at all - we had only planned to visit the superstore next to the village to get some food for a picknick - but in order to get there we had to drive through the village. It immediately struck us just how beautiful Aups is and that it would be foolish not to stop there.
The first place we explored was the colourful market of Aups, selling everything one might need under a canopy of old plane trees through which leaves the sun shimmers. We bought some great tomato cream there, and could probably have bought a thousand other items. Just next to Aups's market is the little church of St. Pancras which is very interesting to visit. A huge writing on the wall reads "République Francaise - Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité": It was created after the massacre of 1851 when Louis Napoléon ordered to kill the insurgents that fought against his Second Empire and it celebrates the Republicans. Interestingly, the church was built by an English architect, and if you enter it you feel a little bit like in a church in rural England.
Behind the market square (Place Martin Bidauré), the narrow alleys of the old town ascend. Stroll through them and enjoy the beautiful facades, the shady plazas, the tiny shops selling local produce or the surprising views around the next corner - a sleeping dog, a child playing happily, a family having lunch together. Sooner or later the streets will lead you to the iron-caged bell tower, a typical sight in the Provence. While they are often beautifully designed and display fine metalwork their purpose was merely practical: They resist the fierce Mistral winds better than stone towers.
Another sight in Aups is a little Museum of Modern Art which mostly displays works of the Russian painter Simon Ségal.
Address: Place Martin Bidauré and beyond
Directions: everywhere in the old town
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