2021 REVAMPED ITINERARY.
So every time I go to France I learn and refine. This trip we will meet in Paris and spend 3 nights there. Flying out will be from Marseille. TGV (high speed train) from Paris to Aix and then spend 7 night in Aix -en-Provence. An airport hotel for the last night will ensure a good nights sleep before early morning departure. One of the reasons is Paris airport is chaos on a good day. This way we pass security in Marseille and stay within the secure area once in Paris. This makes for a great, calm exit.
Just so you know, life goes on in Paris as it does everywhere. The French embrace their days like no others: start with living every moment and going from there. Food, drink, friends and family are embraced as only the French can. It is being a "Bon Vivant"- a good liver! (Liver like Life not the organ). There was no noticible difference on our Sept 2016 trip- Paris will always be the City of Light. It is as full of beauty and love as it has always been- it truly is like no other city on earth. I'm thinking of a trip to Versailles as well: a short ride to an spectacular location. With all the TV shows now available featuring this incredible palace, Versailles seems like a must see.
Aix and environs were settled by the Romans. That means over 2,500 years of history in the making of Provence. We can discover as much or as little as you want: it has everything from vineyard visits to fabulous people watching in cafes. Markets and day trips to Marseilles are de rigeur. We stroll, we dont skitter or run. You will never see our group hurrying along. We are there to experience Provence like the French do. Be a traveller.
Not a tourist.
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Example: order a coffee and you get an espresso. Order a martini and you get vermouth. Want to go to a Museum on Tuesday? Check that because most are closed. It is just the way things are in France! And now with the pandemic slowly grinding to a halt, many other things have changed.