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.
One of the most remarkable places to see in Aix en Provence is the studio of famous artist Cezanne, who lived between 1839 – 1906, and inspired Matisse, Picasso and many more. The studio is preserved very well. When we entered the garden, time stopped; we found ourselves in his world, with the items he left behind untouched. Sitting on a chair and listening to nature was an unbelievably peaceful moment.
We were not allowed to take pictures inside, so I cannot share any moments, but you can find some information here. I felt very emotional inside since it was full of Cezanne’s belongings like his coat, the bowls in his famous paintings, photo albums and lots of small details. The room was like he’d just left it.
Besides the studio, the whole city was inspired by Cezanne. On some streets there were metal “Cezanne” marks on the ground, showing the route he once liked to take a walk on. It is possible to follow the marks and see all the important places in his life such as the house he grew up in, the bank his father worked at, and the spot where he met Emil Zola for the first time.
This city was the most magical place of our vacation. From the lovely art squares to the local cafes, every part of it was very special. As Cezanne said, “Once you are in Aix en Provence, you cannot be happy anywhere else.”