Aix en Provence is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. The city was established by Ancient Rome in 123 BC, and is today known as the city of Cezanne. The city center is the old city, and it has many tiny streets that are very lively and connect small squares to each other. Besides, the new part of the city is planned so well that it looks so natural next to the old one.
Nice was our next stop after Cannes. It is very easy to travel between these two close cities by train. When we arrived in Nice we were disappointed a bit by the area around the central station. Then we walked to the city and the seaside and discovered the beauty in it. The big square Place Masséna was very attractive. There I realized how different the south and the north of France are from each other.
On our second day in Marseille we took a train for a day trip to Cannes. The most important thing about Cannes is the film festival that has taken place since 1946. The city is small with a population of 72.000, but very lively and nice.
I was very excited to go to Paris. It was going to be my first time and I was going to hear people speaking French around me for days. From the first moment we arrived, I felt like I was in a French movie.
It was hard to leave Paris after spending five beautiful days there. We took off in the afternoon for Marseille for the rest of our vacation where we would also visit a few nearby cities. Marseille is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The streets of the old town ‘Le Panier’ tell how deep its history is when you simply walk on them. There are some very nice cafes and restaurants in this area.
The obvious activity for our last day was visiting the Eiffel Tower. Having pre-booked tickets helped us avoid the queues. That is a practical trick for those who are planning to pay it a visit. We made it to the top by an elevator and climbing up the stairs. The view was incredibly beautiful at the top.
La Défense was one of the regions in Paris that we wanted to visit. We spared half a day to see this business district. The most iconic architecture of this region is Grande Arche which was completed in 1989. It looks like a big cube and is aligned with Arc de Triomphe and Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in front of the Louvre.
This Sunday was a perfect day to spend in the Louvre Museum. We knew that the museum was huge and one day would not be enough to see it all, but we made a good plan and prioritized the most interesting parts to us. This iconic 12th century palace has been used as a museum since 1793. The building has eight main parts and 380.000 art objects are exhibited there in total.