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Ateliers d’artistes de la ville de Marseille

Le Panier district, Marseille – Ateliers d’artistes de la ville de Marseille Tweet This Post


Marseille – the Calanques

The Calanques are deep inlets along the Mediterranean coast from Marseille to Cassis. This is a view from the tour boat my final day in Marseille. Tweet This Post


Belleville street corner

Street corner view in Belleville, Paris Tweet This Post


Paris, the Seine

Panoramic view, taken from the Pont des Arts (click on photo to view large version of Flickr)   Tweet This Post



La Rotonde, Aix-en-Provence   The final installment in my travelogue of my time in France is my day in Aix-en-Provence, a sentimental journey 35 years after spending time there as a student. Taking the train from Marseille, I arrived about 8 a.m., hoping to avoid the blistering heat of the past few days. From the train station I walked to La Rotonde, a traffic circle surrounding a large fountain dating from 1860, topped by statues of the Three Graces. From the Rotonde extends the Cours Mirabeau, one of the most beautiful streets in Europe. Apart from a large Apple store and some upscale boutiques lining the Cours Mirabeau, the views were pretty much as I remembered them. Founded by the Romans, who discovered hot springs there, Aix was the capital of Provence during the middle ages, and after the 12th century, became an artistic center and seat of learning. The town exudes an air of old aristocracy, attested by the hôtels particuliers (private mansions) which line the Cours Mirabeau and the streets of the Quartier Mazarin to its south. It is still an artistic center; among its museums are the Musée Granet and the Fondation Vasarely, and just outside of town is the Atelier Cézanne, where the artist worked.       Hôtel de Ville and Clock Tower     Among the town’s many architectural treasures are the Hôtel de Ville and Clock Tower, the Cathedral of Saint Sauveur and its exquisite cloister, and small squares with fountains – Aix is filled with fountains, though my favorite, the