By Christine M. Soltis
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Paint a picture of Aix-en Provence, France by seeing it through the eyes of artists of the past.  Stroll along the boulevard and find gorgeous cathedrals, museums and outdoor markets during your trip through the past and present.

For your trip to Aix-en-Provence, France, find flights to Marseille Provence Airport (MRS).  Utilize to book your next flight: ( While you’re at it, hotel accommodations can be found here: ( recommends a visit to their national treasure, the Cathedrale Saint Sauveur.  This beautiful Roman Catholic cathedral entertains a mixture of styles in architecture while also holding the seat of the Archbishop of Aix.  Inside the cathedral is a displayed painting entitled, “The Burning Bush,” by Nicolas Fromen, which is a recently restored masterpiece of its own.  Many say that the painting alone is reason enough to visit the cathedral.

While into artistry, recommends a visit to one of the area’s top attractions, the Atelier Cezanne.  Within, you will find impressionist painter Paul Cezanne’s past studio in its preserved state.  Cezanne was regarded as one of the best in France, and on your visit, you will see some of his finest pictures as well as the place he once lived and worked. 

Next, recommends a trip to Les Deux Garcons café to visit this 1792 structure where Cezanne once allegedly enjoyed his coffee while reading the newspaper.  This old style place will take you back into time, transporting you to how the area may have looked centuries ago.  This café can be found on Cours Mirabeau, a popular street to stroll through.  While walking on Cours Mirabeau, it is said you will feel as though you are in Paris instead while enjoying a boulevard lined with bookshops, trees, cafes and restaurants.  Choose any place nearby to have a seat and relax while watching the people walk by.

After you’ve had your coffee, set your sights on climbing mountains.  Visit Le Montagne Sainte Victoire, a mountain most known as a subject in paintings by not only Cezanne, but by Kandinsky and Picasso as well. suggests stepping into the painting in a realistic way by climbing this mountain itself.  While the Croix de Provence is part of the mountain which is more notable, the highest point can be found at 1,011 metres and is dubbed Pic des mouches. 

Want even more art to fill your cravings? recommends a stop at the Granet Museum, where you will find over 12,000 art pieces.  Named in 2002 as “Musee de France,” this museum holds work from a range of local artists, sculptures and more along with items from Cezanne, Rembrandt, Rubens, Granet and many others.  Speaking of sculptures, recommends some spectacular water views at the Sextius Baths near the Bvd Jean Jaures.  The 18th century “Thermes Sextius” are hot water baths that can be found in a large park shaded with trees near the old Roman baths.  You may also take a moment to bathe in the modern spa for a day of relaxation.

If shopping is what you desire, there is no end to an array of markets; find food and fresh produce at the Palais de Justice main market.  Find a market for clothing along Cours Mirabeau or step over to Place Richelme for another daily food market. 

For your night out, take a romantic stroll along to see decorative fountains in the evening.  These lit up beauties are sure to please, including the 1860 built great fountain at La Rotonde.  For dinner, try French cuisine or a range of other types such as Italian.  When it comes to continuing your night, visit a theme bar to find a reggae night or dance spot.  Stop in a pub and have a beer or wine.

Aix-en-Provence, France: Picture yourself there.  Draw your own special memories that you may frame forever.