Aix-en-Provence is a charming university city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southern France.
Aix-en-Provence is the city of art and a city of light and activity. Aix-en-Provence is also the home of art schools and several universities attracting a youthful population that sparks the atmosphere.
Aix-en-Provence is also ancient: a Celtic-Ligurian capital from the 3rd century BC was pushed aside for the founding of Aix in 122 BC, as Aquae Sextiae.
Aix en Provence is also the birthplace of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. A walking trail links sites including his childhood home, Jas de Bouffan, and his former studio, Atelier Cézanne. The white limestone mountain Sainte-Victoire overlooking the city as well as the surrounding countryside were frequent subjects of his works.
Aix-en-Provence is home to many beautiful fountains and the exceptional Cours Mirabeau
Aix-en-Provence is full of fountains. Everywhere you go, you will find fountains big and small bubble and spray and splash.
The Cours Mirabeau has some of the finest: The great fountain (1860) at La Rotonde, in the Place Général de Gaulle at the bottom end of the “cours”, spraying up into the sunlight.
The Fountain of 9 Cannons (1691), half way up, bubbles away in the shade. Another block up the “cours” is the moss-covered hot-water fountain dating back to 1734, although the 35°C (93°F) spring has been enjoyed for its healing properties for 2000 years. King René’s Fountain, at the top of the “cours” was built in the 19th century; the statue is of Roi René holding a bunch of Muscat grapes, which the good king introduced into Provence.