Sunday, April 19, 2009

Aix-en-Provence, Burgundy, and Paris -- October 4 - 23, 2008

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We started our sojourn in France in Aix-en-Provence for a leisurely few days before joining an even more leisurely barge cruise through the Burgundy region. This city was founded by the Romans in 212 BC as Aquae Sextiae, the Waters of Sextius. Our hotel, the Aquabella, is on the site of a Roman bath (hence the name), and the pool area retains some of the original Roman fortifications:

The same tower from the street outside:

The Cathedral Saint-Sauveur, one of the most ancient religious sites in Aix-en-Provence. The baptistry dates from the 4th century, with Roman, Gothic and Baroque additions from the 12th through 17th centuries; the cloister dates from the end of the 12th century.


Anonymous said...

Ummm.... when I was in Aix-en-Provence I asked if they felt that some of the original toe cheese from the Romans was still in the baths...... I asked back in 1988 and they were unable to give me a good answer. Have they resolved this quandry yet?

Diana said...

I fear I did not ask this question when I was there, being unaware that it might still be an issue...

Bell said...

I'm really glad you pushed through and finished your travel blog Diana, the photos are gorgeous and your captions are fabulous.

Fredericks said...

Oh Diana.
You sure know how to bring back floods of great memories........these pictures are so beautiful...

I would love to live in Europe again to feel the fullness and beauty of the various cultures.

Thanks for sharing.