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Days 8-10

Sun-drenched Provence is one of the most beautiful places in France, and one of the best places to soak it all up is in Aix-en-Provence. The main hub of Provence, this cultured city is also Cézanne country, so walk along the elegant 18th-century streets to see the landscape that inspired him.
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  • Architecture


  • Pay homage to Cézanne at his former studio, the Atelier Cézanne, where he created some of his finest paintings. What is most striking is the collection of simple objects (like a ginger jar) that were once featured in his work.
  • Explore the extravagant Pavillon de Vendôme, a Baroque villa built as a country house in 1665. Inside you'll find a collection of Provençal furniture and artwork.
  • Visit the Cathédrale St-Sauveur, which houses a startling amount of architectural history. The colonnade was recovered from a Roman temple to honor pagan deities.


Side Trips

  • Drive along the Lavender Route to see fields of the purple flower— you can even stand waist-deep in it.

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