As many of you may know, I studied abroad from August 2012-May 2013 in Aix-en-Provence, France. While I would like to write about those days (eventually), right now my May-June 2013 UK Trip is more at the forefront of my mind. To kick off my very first Travel Tuesdays post, I'm going to start with my last day in Aix, where I played "tourist" for the last time while showing around my good friend, Laura.
Aix-en-Provence is the typical southern French town. It's not quite a city, but not quite a village either. It is a university town, so it's bustling in the winter. (As bustling as a French town gets, anyway.) Considering it's a pretty popular tourist destination, it's quiet and sleepy in the summertime.
Not a cloud in the sky and they're bright and blue. The sun is hot and dry, making meandering strolls in and out of the trees' shade the ideal balance between too hot and too breezy.
The markets are one of the most interesting and most popular "attractions" in Aix. From clothing to textiles to wood carvings to fresh lavender to artisan work to fresh produce, meats, cheeses, and fish, you can find almost anything for a great price at the market.
Below is my favourite quiet spot in Aix. This square doesn't get a ton of traffic, and the mossy cobblestones are quaint and fun. It's a perfect spot to duck into while enjoying a slice of pizza and a Coca on a hot summer day.
Have you ever been to the south of France? What were your favourite parts?
What "attractions" in your current city would you love to show off to a friend?