It’s 8 am and the flower sellers are busy in Aix’s Place de l'Hôtel de Ville. Like every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, peonies, hydrangeas, petunias and herbs like basil and rosemary bring the area surrounding the fountain to life with their colors and perfumes. Until 12:30, a constant ballet of clients takes place beneath the shade of the clock tower. The elegant residents of Aix come to stock up on violas and geraniums to embellish their gardens and balconies, giving into temptation amidst the marvelous cut flowers that stand ready to freshen up their dining room tables. The people of Aix make their way between the florists’ tidy stands, inhaling the sweet fragrances of the freshly picked peonies as they go. The charming and cheeky Martine, famous amongst the locals of Aix, sells them for 4 euros a bunch – a price that’s impossible to resist. On the plaza’s café terraces, the regulars sip their coffee as if nothing out of the ordinary were happening. They have the pleasure of experiencing this scene three times a week. How we envy them!
Of Interest in the Surrounding Area
Aix in 10 Fountains
An alternative way to visit this pretty city on foot, this route will lead you from the old city to the neighborhood of Mazarin-Mirabeau. Follow the sound of the water!
Le Pavillon Noir
Built by the architect Rudy Ricciotti for the contemporary dance company Ballet Preljocaj, this black screen represents the new cultural quarter of the city.
The Mountain of Sainte-Victoire
Omnipresent from the moment you leave the city center, the Sainte-Victoire mountain is a great place to discover on a family outing, with the paintings of Paul Cézanne in mind.
The Vasarely Foundation
An ode to optical and kinetic art, this institution is emblematic of the work of Victor Vasarely, housing more than forty monumental pieces by the artist.
The Flower Market of the Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 8:30 – noon.