Provence: Places to Explore

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Aix-en-Provence

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Gracious, posh, cultivated, and made all the more cosmopolitan by the presence of some 44,000 international university students, the lovely old town of Aix (pronounced ex) was once the capital of Provence. The vestiges of that influence and power—fine art, noble architecture, and graceful urban design—remain beautifully preserved today. That and its thriving market, vibrant café life, and world-class music festival make Aix vie with Arles and Avignon as one of the towns in Provence that shouldn't be missed.

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