Monday, June 2, 2014

Aix en Provence

I cannot even begin 
to express what the past 
four days was like..
or what it meant to me.
I should start by thanking my 
awesome husband for holding down 
the fort so I can do these yearly
And also to my equally awesome
daughter for being his 
"right hand man" here.
I've always said that Hannah is 
like a second mother to Griffin.
But she's more than that.
She does it all.
Merci ma belle fille.

I should also mention how 
very blessed I am to take these 
trips. It's my second time traveling alone..
my first trip last year
Last year
I was anxious to travel alone..
now I crave it!

My train left out of Paris'
Gare de Lyon
early Thursday and 3 hours later
I arrived in Aix en Provence.
A quick cab ride to my hotel..
checked in and off I went to see Aix.
I started, most likely where most tourists do here..
on the Cours Mirabeau..
a street compared to the Champs-Elysees.

The fountain at the top of the street is one of 
many in Aix. 

(really wish the truck wasn't in this..)

With the fountain behind me..
this is the view looking down 
Cours Mirabeau.
Shopping and cafe's
and great people watching.
But my favorite's were the 
beautiful and perfectly lined 
Plane trees..
similar to Sycamore's...
and the shutters.
Oh..the chippy, blue/gray shutters!
I took too many pictures of the shutters
in Provence and Cassis.
I must return next time with a car
so I can bring some back.

There are many side streets 
winding up and all around
the village.
It was fun getting lost here!

Thursday and Friday were days
filled with wandering and exploring 
this gorgeous town of Aix
along with quiet meals alone with 
my book or journal.

I love how clear headed I come home
after a few days away.

I'll post about
Saturday and Sunday
another day!


  1. HI glad I found your are living my "fantasy" life...and good for you going out there alone...I love to travel and if the only way to go somewhere is alone I'm all for it....

    love your pictures...I've been following you on instagram as well....I guess I'm your new stalker.

    you have a lovely lovely family....enjoy Paris, my favourite city. I can't believe the view you have of the tower's insane.

    take care!

  2. Pam, your photos are spectacular! How wonderful that you got away on your's deserve the chance to do that sort of thing once in a while! Thank you for sharing your trip with us!

  3. Beautiful have transported me back to France. Thank you!

  4. ahhh...oh i just crave to live in a village like this!! I always wonder what all the flats look like inside behind those shutter, who lives there? Can't wait to see more! xo

  5. How beautiful, Pam! I loved following your trip on Instagram and I am so glad you go to go. I was in Aix briefly in August of last year and your photos are making me want to go back! Thanks for bringing back beautiful memories. XOXO

  6. Bonjour Pam. Sorry I have been a stranger lately. I am glad I picked today to return to your blog. A trip to Aix-en-Provence no less, and I must say your photos do the town justice. What a fun experience for you (I do love traveling alone as well...) Take care, Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  7. Sigh........
    How did you ever leave?

  8. You outdid yourself on this one, Pam. You made me feel that I was there with you. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us.

  9. I agree with Francine. Thank you. It was wonderful. I can't wait to hear about Saturday and Sunday.