During our time on the MSC cruise, we had the opportunity to take several shore trips. This included spending a clear winter morning exploring the beautiful Aix-en-Provence, France.
It’s been several years since I visited France and I’ve never been in the south, so I jumped at the opportunity to get a taster tour of this wonderful old city just 19 miles north of our port in Marseille.
Our tour began with a trip to Aix Cathedral, which is made up of a mixture of styles from theÂ 5th to the 17th century. Very gothic, we spent a wonderful half hour exploring the cathedral, and I was in awe of its architectural features, especially the ancient baptistry.
It was simply a joy exploring the city’s streets and around every corner you came across simple delights including impressive doorways, statues and clock towers.
We were lucky enough to visit during Aix’s Sunday market, so had a chance to peruse the wonderful local goods including herbs, cheeses and meats. There was also a lot of crafts using lavender, such as soaps and pillows etc.
After our tour was complete we had some time to spend to ourselves so decided what better way to spend a Sunday morning than people watching with a cup of smooth continental hot chocolate!
We found a wonderful little cafe just off the main thoroughfare of Cours Mirabeau, had a delicious drink and watched the world go by before heading back to our final landmark, La Rotunde, to pick up our coach back to the Splendida.
Although this was only a taster trip, I thought Aix-en-Provence was a beautiful city to visit. Of course it’s much quieter on a Sunday, so I can imagine it’d have a completely different feel during the week, however if you like history and architecture, this is definitely a place worth visiting during your time in France…