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September 13, 2020

Aix en Provence…..!

Well again digging, this one is a bit old…. but found photos so will need to document the trip. It was a business trip for sure, and a couple of days me think. Do not recall much other than the hotel ,food, and crossing a bridge but I know I walked the town.

This is in the area of Aix en Provence, in Bouches du Rhône dept 13 in the region of PACA. A very old area ,and only 32 km from Marseille. I have come here by train from Marseille on the TER PACA info here:

I have , also, done the bus here lol! from again the gare Saint Charles in Marseille. The bus network is now call Zou on Le Car line 50; more here:

Oh well , all that to tell you went to the pont Saint Pons just outside with friends to eat and stay nearby for the meetings. A memorable experience that now seems so far and need to repeat; working on it as I write::)

The Pont Saint-Pons bridge is a road bridge crossing the Arc river at a place called Saint-Pons, west of Aix-en-Provence. Built at the beginning of the 14C, it was enlarged in the middle of the 18C, and is still in use!. The Saint-Pons bridge is located in the town of Aix-en-Provence, but about 10 km on the road D543 from the city, It allows the crossing of the Arc by the road from Marseille to Apt, between the villages of Calas , a town of Cabriès and Éguilles, an important traffic axis because it allows you to bypass Aix from the west. Yes indeed!


We discover a beautiful medieval bridge and a former 16C hotel where the Count of Grignan died and the 17C at the Chateau de Saint Pons flanked by two square towers, with outbuildings, on the other side of the bridge, which have an old classic wrought iron gate, with an ornate Louis XIII style pediment where Malherbe stayed.

A bit of history I like

The stone bridge is 45 meters long and 6 meters wide. It includes 4 arches of about 7 meters opening, 3 of which are broken and the one on the right bank is semicircular. It has 3 triangular protruding and chaperoned fronts to break the force of the water during floods. On the other hand, a single rear-beak is placed on the central pile. The building dates from the 14C ,probably before 1320 after a deed of sale of 1561 by which the nuns of Saint Bartholomew sold their toll rights to the noble Melchior Bourdon. This old family from Aix lived on the spot, to the right of the bridge. Between 1746 and 1764, the bridge was widened by approximately 4 meters for the good of Aix-en-Provence and the interests of trade, the toll having ceased to be collected in 1674. The circulation is done in alternation because it is impossible to cross in turns which present themselves at right angles.

The Aix en Provence tourist office on the bridge and domaine Saint Pons which I only passed the bridge.

I did stayed at the marvelous Hotel Le Pigonnet; it must have been an old cars show of glorious voitures! This is  where Paul Cézanne, accustomed to this refined 18C place with a contemporary style, painted there the magnificent view from the hotel on the Sainte-Victoire mountain. This haven of peace bordered by hundred-year-old chestnut trees and a flowered rose garden in a park of more than one hectare, makes this hotel a must stay and see in Aix-en-Provence. I was lucky to be there all paid ::)

More info no this beautiful place that unfortunaly only have a shot to show of it:

And even more from the tourist office of Aix en Provence:


And for a general view of tourist sites in Aix en Provence, a place I need to be back in depth myself, see the City of Aix-en-Provence on its heritage here:

And there you go a brief encounter with the area around Aix en Provence from my business trips in my belle France. Something worth to have it documented in my blog for my memories and your enjoyment as well as mine. Hope you do come and visit as I will be back!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

September 13, 2020

If I say Cannes!!!

So back digging into my old photos, way back on paper photos that I have photograph again for my blog. As said, there is so much to see in my belle France, and I have the opportunity to see plenty. However, depending on the period and region, some have been relegated back. Going back to old cd rom batches allow me to revive memories and photos of nice travel times.

This is the case of Cannes in Alpes-Maritime 06 in the region of PACA. Funny thing is been here on my regular job trips as told before working for the ICH group ,and always came by plane to Nice and then bus to Cannes! The 200! The line:

The area never attracted me as many, it seems too chic too new and very expensive vis-à-vis the distance and time and things to see. So only came on business trips!

Here you have luxurious hotels of which 32 are classified four stars or more including renowned hotels such as the Martinez, the Carlton, the Majestic, the Grand Hotel, the JW Marriott and the Radisson blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso. The town also has three casinos, the “3.14” managed by the Partouche group and the “Croisette” and “Les Princes” managed by the Lucien Barrière group. The Cannes Film Festival, founded in 1946 on a project by Jean Zay, Minister of National Education and Fine Arts of the Front populaire, and called until 2002 the International Film Festival, is an international film festival taking place every year in Cannes. Also, very nice ,the largest afloat show in Europe, offering sea trials, and the first event in the international nautical calendar, the Cannes Yachting Festival takes place annually in three places, the Old Port, the Pierre-Canto port and the Riviera space at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.


Initially baptized simply “The path of the Petite-Croix” at the beginning of the 19C, the path of the seaside promenade received the name of “Promenade de la Croisette” in 1838, on the occasion of the development work of the Harbor. The most prestigious and well-known artery of Cannes, today it is lined with internationally renowned palaces whose names evoke the aristocracy, the jet set and the cinema. Among them: the Intercontinental Carlton, (the job reason of my visit worked for the group) a mythical hotel classified as a historical monument, the Majestic Barrière hotel or the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hôtel Martinez. All of them receive the best of international cinema in May. At the tip of the Croisette, admire the panorama of the Estérel massif, the Gulf of Napoule, Golfe-Juan, the Cap d’Antibes, the Pre-Alps and the Lérins Islands. Continue your walk to the Palm Beach with its quieter and shaded areas; slightly out of the way, the beaches here are more discreet and less populated.


At the foot of the Suquet hill, the Vieux Port and the Quai Saint-Pierre;  this is where it all began. Unmissable site in the Cannes landscape, the Old Port owes a lot to Lord Brougham. This place of life in perpetual movement is the natural link between the Cannes of glitter and the historic district of Suquet. But it was another Englishman, Prince of Wales Albert-Edward, eldest son of Queen Victoria and future Edward VII, who in 1898 laid the foundation stone for the pier that bears his name. Before being crowned, the Prince of Wales had made Cannes his headquarters, thus contributing to the influence of the city and the development of pleasure boating.


The city of Cannes on what to do and see:

And in specific , the city of Cannes on Bd de la Croisette:

And there you go folks, a small spot full of chic and high end places and events, good for a trip to know the other side, and see it all in my belle France. Hope you enjoy this brief introduction to Cannes.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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