This photo of Hotel Cezanne is courtesy of TripAdvisor
After a good night rest in Aix-en-Provence, you can stroll the Cours Mirabeau and the smaller streets around to get a taste of the splendid architecture of the place.
Aix has been a rich city for a long time and is now a good place to live away from Marseille which is not far away either via the freeway or the TGV. A good friend actually lives there for three days a week and work in Paris for the rest of the week. It is a confortable 3 hours ride and certainly a better option than flying!
En route for Cassis
One can then rush to Cassis via the freeway and be there early to enjoy the village and its port, find a nice spot for lunch or be adventurous and take a picnic into one of the famous calques.
But if one wants to take the time, it is possible to leisurely drive via the normal road and stop in La Bouilladisse (what a beautiful name...), Roquevayre and Aubagne.
Even if you take the freeway, you will see these gorgeous places at high speed!
This is one of my favourite places in Provence, as it was a regular destination in my youth when visiting my grandparents and I have returned numerous times with my own family.
I have posted plenty photos elsewhere on this site, but thought you might like some more...
You can walk to the Calanques and it takes from 1 to 4 hours depending on which one you want to reach and how fit you are. It is relatively easy to go to the first one shown here...
Or you can take the boat and see them all in a couple of hors, but it will cost you...
But then, you can always replenish yourself at one of good restaurants on the harbour!
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