Le Grand Tour de la France - le Quatrième Jour

Sheila NewtonStarred Page By Sheila Newton, 12th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/v_cuaqe7/
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Aix en Provence aux Les Prairies de la Mer, Port Grimaud, La Côte d'Azur.
On the fourth day of our grand French road trip, we take a look at Aix en Provence in the Rhône-Alpes region and travel to Port Grimaud on the Côte d'Azur.

Kicking Back in Pretty Provence

We loved the situation of our Formule 1 hotel, just outside the town of Aix en Provence. Its pretty gardens surrounding the hotel and car park were delightful. Drinking coffee from paper cups at the picnic tables was so de-stressing, I wanted to stay here and watch the world go by forever!

But, I had to drag myself away. Aix en Provence awaited us with its own delights. And Aix en Provence is a truly delightful city, so they say. Let's see.

Cours Mirabeau - Aix en Provence

We motored the couple of miles into the city after packing up and leaving the hotel. We parked on the periphery of the old city and had lunch in an 'oh-so-French' restaurant. The waiter couldn't (or wouldn't!) speak a word of English, so I had to try out my poor conversational French on him. Happily, it worked. Maybe my French isn't so bad after all!

The signposts led us around the corner and on to the main tourist drag.

The city's main thoroughfare (and its most famous one) is the Cours Mirabeau, a street lined with cafes, restaurants and beautiful mansion houses, shaded by several rows of centuries-old plane trees. Once a street for horse-drawn coaches, the Cours Mirabeau of today links the Mazarin district to the south with the old commercial town to the north.

To sit down at one of the terraces and watch life go by while sipping a cappuccino or a latte is a thrilling experience - one I'll never forget. Life is like a pantomime on the Cours Mirabeau!

The Famous Fountains of Cours Mirabeau

Watching the cool water flowing from the abundant fountains on Cours Mirabeau and listening to the sounds of water splurging playfully, is another great attraction for the tourist. It made me feel as though I was in my own little fairytale land rather than being hustled and jostled on this oh-so-busy street.

Atelier Cézanne (Cézanne's Studio) - Many visitors to Aix en Provence have an interest in the work of Cézanne, me included. And here we had an opportunity to discover several of the artist's familiar objects, many of which feature in his wonderful paintings.

After picking up a souvenir or two from both Cézanne's studio and the Cours Mirabeau, we were eager to drive the one and a half hours to our caravan destination at Les Prairies de la Mer in Port Grimaud, La Côte d'Azur, on the French Riviera.
"Ah, time for some R & R, methinks!" said I.

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Aix En Provence, Cezanne, Coffee, Cote Dazur, Fountain, France, French Language, Museum, Picnic, Restaurant, Rhone-Alpes

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author avatar Sheila Newton
A retired nurse and teacher, with two cats, a husband and a grown up son, I write short stories, articles - and I'm an ardent blogger. Catch up with me on my blog at: http://sheilanewton.blogspot.com

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Dec 2011 (#)

I have only been to Paris but that was many years ago, I would love to return and explore more of France, thanks for your guided tour.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Pleasure! And thanks for the star page - woo-hoo!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Dec 2011 (#)

A wonderful tour you've taken us on, Sheila. Great star page.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Cheers Steve.

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author avatar Retired
13th Dec 2011 (#)

beautiful pics and fun tour--congrats on your star! ;-)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Aw, thanks, Rama

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author avatar Buzz
13th Dec 2011 (#)

Spectacular star page, Sheila! Mwah...lol

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Mwah back atcha!!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
13th Dec 2011 (#)

Beautiful, a dream for me Shelia, thank you:0)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Dec 2011 (#)

How lovely this comment is.

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author avatar Denise O
13th Dec 2011 (#)

I just love a road trip but, your destination seems a lot more exciting than my usual ones. I just love the photos. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for taking us along on your trip.:)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Brilliant comments, Denise.

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
13th Dec 2011 (#)

Wonderful!!! :-) I enjoyed the fab photos...you go girl!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks, Sheila. Wonderful tour and pictures. Hey! I remember driving over the Pyranees Mountains some years ago with two argumentative kids in the back seat. We should have stayed in France.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Wow, Bridgitte - thanks

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Wrong order - sorry Bridgitte!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Brilliant comments. Lovely to talk Ivy. luv ya lots!

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author avatar Blossom S
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks for taking me to France. Love it. xx

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks Blossom

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author avatar ittech
14th Dec 2011 (#)

nice share

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks Ittech

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author avatar Terry Chestnutt
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Very relaxing read. It really almost took me with you!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
18th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks Terry. Loved your comment.

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author avatar D in The Darling
16th Dec 2011 (#)

Sheila, this is so touching.
Thanks for sharing. You made my day.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
18th Dec 2011 (#)

Wow, what an accolade Mr D. Thanks so much.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
16th Dec 2011 (#)

Yummy! Loved it Sheila, wish I was there, Merci, my friend.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
18th Dec 2011 (#)

And merci back atchya, Tranquilpen!

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author avatar vpaulose
19th Dec 2011 (#)

Beautiful French tour. Merci dear Sheila.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
19th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks so much vpaulose. Have a lovely time over the holidays.

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author avatar Shaunak
19th Dec 2011 (#)

Merci pour ce guide merveilleux. Deserves the Star

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author avatar Sheila Newton
19th Dec 2011 (#)

Merci beaucoup mon ami et Joyeux Noël

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author avatar Carol
21st Dec 2011 (#)

Sheila what an amazing journey , you have shared with us. thank you. Well done on the star

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author avatar Sheila Newton
22nd Dec 2011 (#)

Not done yet - there's more to come, Carol!!!

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author avatar Songbird B
23rd Dec 2011 (#)

I love the fact that you have been recognised for a Star Page for this Sheila, but it makes me wonder why your other pages didn't receive the same recognition, because this is a stunning series on your magical trip around France.. Such a fine and interesting Writer...and really impressive articles too..Well Done Sheila!

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author avatar richellet
23rd Dec 2011 (#)

this page is a great place to stay.. i don't really wanna close it because of the places.. France has always been one of my dream destinations... sigh,,, will dream to be in france again... i said again because i used to day dream that I'm already touring France when I was in college and doing my research about European Studies...

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author avatar Sheila Newton
23rd Dec 2011 (#)

You really goota go to France, my friend. Mybe next year?

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author avatar Retired
23rd Dec 2011 (#)

la quatrieme jour ,mon cherie est tres interessant........je t'aime qui vous ecrivez ici errrr beaucoup.........fantastique et dulcet

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author avatar Sheila Newton
23rd Dec 2011 (#)

Dulcet...??? Mmm...merci beaucoup, ma cherie amour.

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author avatar Retired
24th Dec 2011 (#)

dulcet=sugar a lot of it hahahaa

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author avatar hexebella
24th Dec 2011 (#)

I've been to one corner of France, in Alsace and those days, digicam was not yet in the market :(.....you brought the memories back vividly....merci

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author avatar Sheila Newton
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Merci beaucoup. J'aime votre chat, hexebella!

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author avatar richellet
26th Dec 2011 (#)

shiela i would love to buy a ticket even right now.... if only i got the budget :) but your article made me feel as if I already have been there...

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author avatar Jules Castillo
6th Jan 2012 (#)

what is the French for brilliant?

that's how i describe the hobby, the place, this article and the author.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
6th Jan 2012 (#)

How about 'magnifique' - that'll describe me beautifully! hahaha!

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author avatar M G Singh
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Sheila ! you are a gem. What a wonderful post. Reminds of the time I spent in France with the French Air Force.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Jan 2012 (#)

French Air Force?? Interesting. You should write a page about that.

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author avatar M G Singh
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Yes Sheila, You are right

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
11th Jan 2012 (#)

Your documentation is so well done. The pictures are wonderful. I think I told you before that I took two school girls with me who fought and argued all the way. I need to go back.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
12th Jan 2012 (#)

YesIvy. Go back without the naughty schoolgirls!!!

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