Posts Tagged“aix-en-provence”

coffee and map

“There it is!” I shouted. I’d spotted Les Deux Garçons, MFK Fisher’s favorite Aix haunt, shortly after my contact lens debacle. Rose, Rebecca, Kathy, and I plopped down at a table in the back only to be told that if we only wanted cafe, we needed to sit at one of the front tables. Chilly in the morning air, yes, but better for people watching. There’s nothing quite so photogenic as a good cafe creme. Throw in a map, and you have an Instagram masterpiece.  

Les Deux Garcons

If you haven’t read MFK Fisher’s Two Towns in Provence, I highly recommend it. One of the towns is Aix-en-Provence, a bustling, cheerful town that I’ve visited before. On this trip, my friends and I fortuitously landed at Fisher’s favorite restaurant, Les Deux Garçons, where she and her daughters dined regularly, watching the people rush by on the Cours Mirabeau. The restaurant retains its old-school charm (with a bit of reticent snobbery too, I believe), and is still a great perch for people-watching.

The difference between a happy traveler and a stressed out one is how she handles unexpected situations. I used to be the latter. Something as mundane as getting lost or being late would send me into a tailspin. I’ve worked hard to learn to let go of what I can’t control while traveling. Yesterday on the van ride to Aix-en-Provence, one of my contacts tore. I almost heard it tear. I tried in vain to rectify it, but it was a goner. And so I was left with one good eye’s worth of vision, a pretty scary thing when you…

At the heart of French culture — not to mention community and architecture — is the place, or square. Every town, big or small, has its fair share of places that have overseen festivals, markets, and families for centuries. Here are 6 worth finding in Aix-en-Provence. 1. Place des Martyrs de la Résistance (previously Place de l’Archevêché) Less grand than some Aix places, the Place des Martyrs de la Résistance still draws attention for two primary reasons: 1. The world renowned Aix Music Festival is held here each July, and attracts music afficionados from all over the globe. 2. L’Archevêché, the former palace of the archbishops of…