Day 13 – Monday 20 June 1994 – Aix-en-Provence!

Last night was a lovely luxury.  House we stayed in was old.  It was very quiet as Les Baux is a tiny village.  Apart from a snorer in one room and two loud American ladies in another… Luckily they only talked for about an hour before they went to bed.

Got up and went for an early morning walk.  Nice and cool.  had a lovely breakfast of croissant and baguette with real butter and strawberry (fraise) jam and huge cups of coffee with milk!  Spoilt!  Very nice stay.

Went back up to the castle and paid to go to the top.  Well worth it.  Beautiful site.  Early enough to beat most of the tourists, especially buses.  Mainly Americans.

Went back to St Remy.  Did some washing while we walked around.  Had a drink to use the loos.  Bought a nice but undercooked pizza for lunch.  Had a look at the asylum (St Paul Clinique) where Von Gogh spent a year.  Wasn’t allowed in.

Renault Twingo with plane trees on the road
St Remy – avenues of plane trees were beautiful and shaded the road

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Headed to Salon de Provence where Nostradamus lived and died.  He was born in St Remy.  Nice little town but not a lot there.

Salon-de-Provence Clock Tower and Gate – Built on the site of the north gate of the old town walls, the Clock Gate marks the transition from the new to the old town. It was built in the 17th century and crowned with a bell Clock tower by Roland. Each day of the week is represented by a “semainier” following the planets; the Sun for Sunday, the Moon for Monday, Mars for Tuesday, Mercury for Wednesday, Jupiter for Thursday, Venus for Friday, and Saturn for Saturday.

Moved on to Aix-en-Provence through Martigny.  Aix is lovely but the route there was a non-event.  Industrial.  Only went that way to see my first glimpse of the Mediterranean which was full of ships and surrounded by gas storage tanks.  Yuck!

Had a quick look around Aix then moved out of town to look around for accommodation.  Tried to find Le Tholonet to check out where Cezanne did his paintings but got terribly lost and probably added at least 100k to the day by driving, driving, driving through nothing land.

Eventually found our way back to Aix but drove in and out looking for cheap accommodation.  Probably wasted about 4 hours all up.

Ended up staying in Aix city at the second hotel (Hotel de France) we tried for 286F.  Not a bad room and right near the main street.

Aix-en-Provence postcard
Aix-en-Provence postcard

Went out for a drink and bite to eat.  Chose a cafe and sat down.  Big kerfuffle with the waiter.  Everybody looked.  One lady tried to help.  Realised later that we should have moved to another table that was set for dinner.  Still a good night.  Had chicken salad and red wine.

Les Beaux to Aix-en-Provence from our original map in the atlas
Les Baux to Aix-en-Provence Google Maps 2017

Day 14 – Tuesday 21 June 1994 – Aix-en-Provence and Cannes!