Aix-En-Provence

Trip Start May 15, 2006
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Trip End Sep 29, 2006


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Sunday, July 16, 2006

We arrived in Aix after a short train ride and a long bus ride into town. For some reason, they booked us on a train that dropped us off at a train station 25 minutes by bus from town. We didn't really understand that one. We got to our hotel and checked in. For only 20 Euros a night, it was a pretty nice place. As usual, it is extremely hot in any room(because we don't pay for AC) but this room was like an oven. I can't remember the last time I used a blanket, let alone a sheet to stay warm at night. After our checkin, we explored the town.

It was a Sunday in a smaller town in Europe, which means that there wasn't much to do. We explored the main shopping area.....it was closed. We checked out the church.....it was closed. We tried to talk to the tourist information center but....it was closed. We ended up exploring the cobblestone streets of the old town and then sitting down to have a couple of espressos at a cafe. What is so great about France, or Europe in general, is that you can pay 2.50 Euros for a small espresso and sit at a table without being bothered for hours. We just people watched and enjoyed the nice weather for the rest of the day.

The one noteworthy happening was our converstion with two girls from New York. They had just gotten done spending the last week in St. Tropez and were telling us about how crazy expensive it is. Then they gave us one of the best quotes of the trip. We told them that we are going to Marseille after Aix and they told us how horrible it is. They did everything they could to persuede us not to go and then after about 10 minutes more of talking to them, we got to the reason they didn't like Marseille. "The train station is gross." What????? You two mean that you didn't even see Marseille but you are judging a whole city based solely on the train station. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. We talked to them for another couple of hours but we couldn't take anything they said at face value. We told them they should switch careers and become travel agents.

That was about all there was in Aix to talk about and now it is off to Marseille.
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