Europe,  France

A stroll through Aix-en-Provence

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 the 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.

Aix Cathedral
Aix Cathedral
Aix Cathedral's organ.
Aix Cathedral’s organ.

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.

A 16th century clock tower.

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.

Le marché, Aix-en-Provence.
Le marché, Aix-en-Provence.

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…

Cafe in Aix-en-Provence
A quintessentially french cafe in Aix-en-Provence.
La Rotonde, Aix-en-Provence.
La Rotonde, Aix-en-Provence.


By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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