Welcome to a new feature on the blog – photo diaries! I have done these before, in my Tongariro, Abel Tasman and Kepler Track posts (all of which I’ve given a revamp since they were originally published), but I’ve decided to revive the theme.
I find that when I’m travelling, I take so many photos and don’t end up doing anything with them. Some will make it to my Instagram page, but most of them are confined to the security of my external hard drive and never get seen by even my own eyes, let alone by others. As photography becomes more of a passion for me, I’ve decided the time is right to find a place to share my favourite photos from my travels.
It was late April.
The weather was warm, without being too stuffy, and the crowds were few and far between.
We only spent the morning in Aix-en-Provence, due to having a jam-packed itinerary for the rest of our road trip around the South of France. But it was just enough time to wander the charming streets and watch la vie française unroll before our eyes.
The squares were home to many markets; it seemed each one had a different theme. In one square there was a clothes market, the next local produce, and one was brimming with flowers. We ticked off a few of the “must-sees”, like the giant books at Bibliotheque Mejanes, but mostly we spent our time soaking up the atmosphere.
What charmed me the most about Aix was possibly its architecture: beautiful, intricate designs that are so inexplicably French – combined with the harsh gothic style of the churches and cathedrals hidden amongst the modernity. Its quaintness reminded me of the small towns we had visited in the Luberon, for some reason, even though it was much bigger.
Of the bigger cities we visited in Provence and along the French Riviera, Aix-en-Provence was probably my favourite. It has a warm, welcoming vibe, and although it is a large city, it doesn’t feel overwhelming. It’s easy to navigate; once we had found somewhere to park, we walked everywhere. Aix is truly a place I could picture living myself.
I hope you enjoy my Aix-en-Provence photo diary.
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All photos were taken on my Canon 80D with an 80-135mm lens.
Did you enjoy my Aix-en-Provence photo diary? Have you visited this French city?
Thanks for reading and happy travels!