Aix-en-Provence The Inside Story Cover
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire

Book Review: Aix-en-Provence The Inside Story

First published in 2013, Aix-en-Provence The Inside Story was updated and reprinted in colour in 2021. In this book, author Lynne Alderson shares the history of this attractive city and its colourful inhabitants. The Author Lynne Alderson studied English Language and Literature at Edinburgh University. Her career encompassed journalism and …

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Beautiful Historical Avignon Opera House
ExploreOur House in ProvenceVillages Towns and Cities

Beautiful Historical Avignon a Nice Place for a Walk

We went to Avignon so Shirley could shop, so I took the opportunity to walk around and see what was new or different after our long absence. One of the first things I noticed, this was the first time in a long time that the Opera – Theater of Avignon …

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Bell Tower Hotel de Ville Aix-en-Provence #AixenProvence @PerfectlyProvence
AixcentricInspireProvencal History & Traditions

The Seasons of Tour de l’Horloge in Aix-en-Provence

After 18 years in Aix, I only realized that it’s actually someone’s job to clamber up narrow staircases and reach across the void inside the Tour de l’Horloge to manoeuvre the four (4) statues around every 3 months when the season changes. It’s down to (or should we say up …

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Olbia Lost Mediterranean City
InspireKeith Van SickleProvencal History & Traditions

Olbia a Lost Mediterranean City and its Mysterious Port

An Ancient Greek Colony Long before the Romans conquered Gaul (France), the Greeks established a series of colonies along its Mediterranean coast. Marseille, the oldest city in France, was once the Greek colony of Massilia. It, in turn, established smaller colonies in the area around it. One of these was …

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Heritage Trail in Juan les Pins @AccessRiviera
ExploreGuided Holiday ToursRebecca Whitlocke

Heritage Trail in Juan les Pins

Contributor blog post by Access Riviera: The French Riviera has some amazing old buildings ranging from palace hotels along the Croisette in Cannes, to Belle Époque mansions in Cap Ferrat and Art Deco apartments lining the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. For a while now, I’ve been intending to look …

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Arena in Arles #Arles #Provence @bfblogger2013
Barefoot BloggerProvencal History & Traditions

In Awe of the French: History Preserved

By Deborah In awe of the French Anytime I take a trip in France and walk among ancient Roman ruins, I am thankful to the French. In French towns and villages where the Romans used to roam, you can actually see, feel, touch and experience the places of the past. …

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Les Deux Garcons café on the Cours Mirabeau at Aix-en Provence #AixenProvence #PaulShawcross
ExploreLocals Travel TipsPaul Shawcross

A Quick Guide to the Aix-en-Provence Essentials

Founded in AD 122 by the Romans and known as Aquas Sextias, Aix-en-Provence, the old capital of Provence and seat of the Aix Parliament , is a charming and graceful city with 17 and 18C buildings, squares and magnificent avenues.

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Thermes Sextius Aix-en-Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExploreProvencal History & Traditions

Discover the Artists and Artistic Side of Aix en Provence

Aix en Provence was founded in 122 BC by the Romans and called Aquas Sextius. The remains of the Roman baths can still be seen today at the entry to the Thermes Sextius, which offers a range of decadent spa treatments.

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