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25 Top Summer Attractions in Provence and their Scenic Stone Elements

June 27, 2017
Mariage Provancal.

Provence is one of nature’s most vibrant works of art. Everything is brighter here than elsewhere in France. The sunshine, the red poppies, yellow sunflowers, and deep purple lavender fields. Even the traditional Provençal fabrics feature prints of intense colors. From verdant rolling hills and quaint fishing ports to picturesque villages perched on rocky outcrops, each detail of the landscape seems designed to delight. It’s no wonder the region charmed many famous painters, including Cézanne, Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Vasarély, and Léger.

Having perfected the art de vivre (“art of living”), Provence is a place to enjoy the simple pleasures. The warm climate, slow-paced lifestyle, and rustic earthiness encourage relaxation. Stroll the cobblestone streets and bask on the sunny terraces of outdoor cafés. Savor the Provençal gastronomy, a Mediterranean cuisine based on olive oil, vegetables, and aromatic herbs. Locally grown produce like tomatoes, zucchini, rosemary, and thyme are transformed into delicious specialties like pistou, a vegetable sauce; bouillabaisse, a flavorful fish stew; fougasse, soft braided bread made with olive oil; and pissaladière, a pizza-like tart of caramelized onions, anchovies, and black olives.

 

A traditional Provençal town, Aix-en-Provence has the elegance of Paris combined with the warmth of Southern France. The town is distinguished by its lovely old fountains: One thousand flowing monuments grace the historic squares of Aix-en-Provence. Be sure to see the famous Fountain des Quatre-Dauphins in the Quartier Mazarin.1 copy2 copy3 copy

 Beautiful shaded streets like the Cours Mirabeau lined with outdoor cafés invite leisurely strolls and relaxing meals on sunny days or balmy evenings.4 copy5 copy

Must-see sights in Aix-en-Provence include the Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur with its flamboyant mix of architectural styles.6 copy7 copy

For an immersion of culture, visit the Musée Granet, an exceptional fine arts museum with masterpieces from the 14th century to the 20th century. Highlights include pieces by Rembrandt, Ingres, Renoir, Monet, and Cézanne.8 copy9 copy

Lovers of Impressionist art should tour the Atelier Cézanne, the artist’s painting studio and site where he painted outdoors.10 copy11 copy

Mont Sainte-Victoire was also painted by Cézanne many times and has lovely walking paths.12 copy13 copy14 copy

At the spacious square of Place de l’Hôtel de Ville is a colorful flower market, while fruit and vegetable markets are found at Place des Prêcheurs and Place de la Madeleine.15 copy16 copy17 copy18 copy

Cours Mirabeau has a textile market, and a second-hand, crafts and antique market is held at Place de Verdun in front of the Palais de Justice.19 copy20 copy

Aix-en-Provence’s traditional farmer’s market is held daily at the shaded square of Place Richelme; this market is considered one of the best fruit, vegetable, and gourmet food markets in Provence.21 copy22 copy

Aix-en-Provence is also renowned for its delicious cuisine and local artisan food products. Le Clos de la Violette (10 Avenue de la Violette) is a highly regarded restaurant that prepares exquisite Provençal cuisine from the finest local ingredients.23 copy

The legendary Brasserie Les Deux Garçons (53 Cours Mirabeau) has an atmospheric terrace right on the bustling boulevard. This historic dining establishment has a legendary past; Cézanne was once a regular habitué, and Picasso, Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre and Edith Piaf were also counted among the celebrity patrons.24 copy25 copy26 copy

For the perfect architectural souvenir call us today so we can provide you with your next stone project inspired by Aix-en-Provance.2728 copy29

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