Aix en Provence Walking Tour with Author
15 years ago Jamie Ivey was working as a lawyer in London when he came up with the idea for an extra-ordinary book – Extremely Pale Rosé, The Hunt for the Palest Rosé in France. A wine loving literary agent thought the idea had longer legs than a vintage burgundy. Jamie and his wife quit their jobs and headed into the unknown. The subsequent book went on to win the Gourmand Award Book of the Year on French wine and to be published worldwide including, American, Australian, Chinese, Polish, and Dutch editions. Peter Mayle, the Author of a Year in Provence kindly commented “At last a man who takes his rosé seriously enough to write a delightful book about it.” After Extremely Pale Rosé Jamie went on to write two more books on pink wine, one on truffles and a Guide Book on Provence, including a major section on Aix en Provence. Jamie's tour of Aix en Provence is unique because of his breadth of experience and ability to communicate what makes the city such a great place to visit and live
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- Local food tasting
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Stop At: Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
We'll meet up at the bottom of the Cours Mirabeau outside the Apple Store. Together we will explore the different neigbourhoods of Aix en Provence, focusing on buildings and landmarks which help tell the history of the city from Roman times to the present day. We will trace the artistic and literary history of the city with reference to the lives of Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola. Finally we will taste local food specialties such as Calissons and on Thursday visit the market.
Cours Mirabeau: the year round heart of Aix en Provence, the Cours is shady in the summer, a sun trap in the winter, the epitomy of café society at its southern best.
Aix old town (La vieille ville): squares, fountains, narrow streets, eclectic shops, plentiful cafés and restaurants, it’s simply a joy to wander around. a maze of small streets filled with shops and plentiful restaurants. The tight confusing lay out of this neighborhood is broken up by several large market squares and open spaces.
Quartier Mazarin: The Mazarin quarter to the south of the Cours Mirabeau has a block lay out and is relatively easy to navigate. The quarter is characterized by numerous imposing town houses (Hôtel Particulier) built in the 17th and 18th century by the nobility. The neighborhood is now a mix of historic sites, museums, apartments, offices, and the occasional restaurant and shop.
Duration: 2 hours
Departure Point :2 Place du Général de Gaulle, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
Departure Time :10:30 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
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- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
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