Camping Arc-en-Ciel, Aix-en-Provence, Bouches-du-Rhône, Saturday 19th July

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Beautiful Reception area at camping Arc-en-Ciel

Beautiful Reception area at camping Arc-en-Ciel

 

 

We are so glad we came here! We’ve totally fallen in love with this amazing town, so eclectic and cosmopolitan, yet so very French! We are only sorry that we could only manage 3 days at this wonderful campsite, as it’s fully booked for tomorrow and we have to leave our pitch. In fact, we were very lucky to get it in the first place and be able to stay for 3 days, as we hadn’t booked (we never do). When we arrived on Thursday morning, I was initially told they didn’t have room for us, but the very helpful and friendly hostess found us a perfect pitch by the river, No 36, with lots of shade from a pine tree and the surrounding tall bamboo. We even have our own water fountain with an old-fashioned stone basin and we couldn’t ask for more: absolutely charming.

 

Out pitch shaded by pine trees and tall bamboo

Out pitch shaded by pine trees and tall bamboo

 

Enjoying lunch in the shade surrounded by bamboo

Enjoying lunch in the shade surrounded by bamboo

 

The tall bamboo providing shade and privacy

The tall bamboo providing shade and privacy

 

Our very own water fountain with stone basin

Our very own water fountain with stone basin

 

The campsite is spotless, with roomy shower/toilet cubicles and ample space for washing clothes and dishes. There is also a large swimming pool and lovely views of Le Pont des 3 Saults, painted by Cézanne, and free WiFi! For 75 for the 3 nights, we are more than pleased.

 

The river running through campsite with Le Pont des 3 Sautls

The river running through campsite with Le Pont des 3 Sautls

 

River running past right by our pitch

River running past right by our pitch

 

The large and cooling swimming pool

The large and cooling swimming pool

 

 

The town of Aix-en-Provence is a little jewel full of life, colour and delicious aromas. It is a place where you can let yourself be taken by your senses and every corner hides a treasure. On our first day, we visited the Musée Granet, where they are holding an exhibition of Pearlman’s Collection, which includes works by Cézanne, Manet, de-la-Croix, Van Gough, Picasso, Modigliani and others: a marvellous treat for Art lovers.

 

Busy Aix-en-Provence on a Friday morning, market day

Busy Aix-en-Provence on a Friday morning, market day

 

The rest of the time we have enjoyed strolling gently through these quaint streets and marvelling at the town’s fountains and architecture, not least its Cathedral Saint Sauveur, that dates from V to XVII century. We visited this morning and it’s truly fascinating, with its Roman mosaics, Medieval triptychs and Renaissance paintings: a wonder to behold!

 

The Cathedral Saint Sauveur

The Cathedral Saint Sauveur

 

A clock tower

A clock tower

 

We thoroughly enjoyed the large street markets selling everything you could possibly need and I am forever gob-smacked at the size of the fruit and vegetables here: a gigantic version of what we get back home and so aromatic and inviting. We came back loaded with nectarines, apricots, sanglier (wild boar sausage), herbs of Provence, cherries and assorted flavoured biscuits, such as aniseed, lemon, cinnamon and chocolate: truly delicious.

 

Enjoying a spot of shopping at the magnificent street market

Enjoying a spot of shopping at the magnificent street market

 

Giant cherries!

Giant cherries!

 

Look at the size of those spring onions!

Look at the size of those spring onions!

 

We’ve just come back from a meal out at Le Solferino restaurant on 3 Place d’Arménie, where we enjoyed lamb cutlets and salmon with a nice bottle of local Rosé, all very reasonably priced and most enjoyable, served by a very friendly and efficient waiter who spoke good English: a perfect way to end our visit to this adorable and welcoming city and I for one can’t wait to come back.

 

Strolling gently through town enjoying charming views

Strolling gently through town enjoying charming views

 

Quaint and chic

Quaint and chic

 

Fountain at Place d'Albertas

Fountain at Place d’Albertas

 

La Rotonde Fountain

La Rotonde Fountain

 

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Tomorrow, we are heading slightly north east – east of Manosque, to visit some lavender fields and hopefully buy some lavender products. I am really looking forward to that, as they look amazing in the pictures!

 

So very French!

So very French!

8 responses »

  1. It is so true what you said about Aix being both quaint and chic. You certainly were lucky that they found a spot for you at Arc-en-Ciel…it looks very nice.

  2. What an amazingly beautiful and charming place. I’ve been to the train station there twice, but never in town. You’ve captured it so beautifully, but the best image is the charming – YOU – in the market.

    The campsite seems divine.

    • Aww! Thank you Bella! I am very proud of that picture because I was using my crocheted bag for the first time. I made it as part of the June Challenge from The Crochet Crowd and lots of people seemed to like it when I shared it on their FB page.

      You really must visit Aix. I think I would be quite happy to retire there, if it wasn’t for the fact that I’d like to go back to my own country when I am older to be near my family. Over 30 years ‘exile’ in England has been enough for me!

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