Aix, en Provence France has a town square.
Only 30 kilometers north of the Mediterranean Sea, near Marseille, is a lively city with a people friendly ambiance.
Aix town square
Here is a 360 view of the town square. Even on a cloudy, rainy day it is interesting.
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After a 45 minute bus ride from Marseille, we began our walking tour in the rain.
Just walkin’ in the rain.
The big church on the left I will leave for another post.
finding a little shelter from the rain
a little hot chocolate would be nice.
The calissons are popular.
They must be on sale today.
Do you buy post cards to get the best souvenir pictures?
some streets in the old town are narrow.
This narrow street leads to another cathedral. It is the Cathedrale de St. Sauveur.
Hotel de Ville is better know as City Hall.
The clock tower
What town square is complete without a clock tower? Our visit in May 2016 was still cool and if the tree was in full leaf I would not have had such clear view from this spot.
clock tower, second floor
clock tower, third floor, astrological clock
It is a latter addition and is referred to as an astrological clock. Looking at the numbers, I am guessing it may be more like a lunar clock.
The top clock
This looks like a good spot for a weather monitoring station.
The fountain is not ready for tourists yet.
Are they saluting or looking for the tourguide or a missing tourist?
Holding up that balcony must give these guys a headache.
Did you wonder what the sign says? Does this help?
Do you want me to translate it for you too?
A nice spot to have lunch and watch the tourists go by.
There are vendors selling fresh produce. The city is surrounded by the fertile fields that make Provence famous.
street market for fresh food.
Doesn’t just looking at it make you healthier?
just picked this morning
do you have a hotel reservation?
Where do we go from here?
there are a lot of choices
– Where do you want to go today? –