Les Deux Garcons Brasserie, AixWe always try and find time to visit the French town of Aix-en-Provence in the summer months, a bustling University town full of life, music, theatre, festivals – you name it, you will find it here.

If the pace gets too much slip into the Quartier Mazarin and soak up the romance and history in the quiet leafy squares that surround the impressive 18th century mansions, take a peek through the huge iron gates into their secret gardens.

On the other side of the Cours Mirabeau, Aix’s grandest Avenue, there are shops galore including high street names alongside lots of small individual boutiques selling original designs.

If you wander through the back streets you’ll find numerous little shops selling arts and crafts next to small galleries – and there is always a café or restaurant not too far away.

If you just feel like being lazy and want to sit and watch French life going by, choose one of the many pavement cafés that line the leafy boulevard, the Cours Mirabeau, known as the most beautiful street in the South of France.

Enjoy the high theatre of the waiters in Les Deux Garçons, Aix’s legendary brasserie.

Just out of the town, the most famous son of Aix, Paul Cezanne, had his studio which is now open to the public. Kept as his working studio right down to his pots of brushes, it is well worth a visit and a must for Art lovers.

We hope you’ll have an amazing holiday in wonderful Provence!