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aix-en-provence: my little foodie city guide.

In mid August I took my first solo trip out of the UK to the South of France. For the most part, I stayed in Marseille by the port. But for one day, I ventured out to Aix-en-Provence on the train. It's somewhere I haven't been since the summer of 1998. I went to France with the grandparents for the summer holidays and can still remember the colourful sights of the quaint Southern French city. Here are a few of my foodie travel trips and places to go if you visit too...

To do: Get lost in the winding streets of Aix and potter about in the local patisseries, book shops and boutiques. Make sure you visit the market too. I brought back a jar of the apricot and lavender jam - delicious!

To eat: As well as the foodie market, there are lots of amazing places to sit and eat too. After reading up reviews online, I went for Bastide du Cours. I went for a delicious seafood platter whilst I watched the world go by - and was not disappointed. You also must visit Béchard for macarons and Amorino for ice cream. I racked up 17,000 steps afterall!

To see: Wander along the famous Cours Mirabeau - a gorgeous and leafy road that leads to the well known fountain. Just off the Cours Mirabeau you'll find the Musée Granet, somewhere I stopped by to soak up the culture. 

Overall I think the pictures speak for themselves - a colourful and cultured part of the world with lots to take in, see, do and eat. I got there around 10am and next thing I knew it was almost 4pm. A lovely day out. And what's more, the French trains are so speedy and cheap I think it cost me about €15 return straight back to Marseille St. Charles.

Have you ever been to Aix-en-Provence? I'd love to hear your recommendations - as I'll no doubt be back!

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