Our hotel, “The Renaissance” (a Marriott property) is exceptional and offers a commanding view of the city of “X” (as the locals abbreviate and pronounce Aix-en-Provence). We were impressed by the modernistic architecture as we headed to the pedestrian-only streets. We had a typical French breakfast (croissants and coffee) at Le Festival cafe and then wove our way through the throngs of people on this Monday morning. There were many young teens. Tom used his new Leica C camera to capture images in the “street photography” genre. This tiny camera while only 12mpx has done an outstanding job on this trip with its Leica Summicron f/2.0 zoom lens. It will probably be the “travel camera” for some time to come. Aix-en-Provence is easily seen in a few hours and we headed back to the hotel with lunch from a local patisserie, took a nap and then packed up for the short drive to the Marseilles Airport. We had the Renaissance booked for tonight, but our flight tomorrow is early and we did not want to be driving in the dark, getting lost, and missing our Air France connection to Amsterdam.
The drive to the Marseilles Airport and our last hotel (The Best Western Marseilles Airport) was very straight-forward. We even found a gas station less than a kilometer from the hotel and we filled up. Dinner was not as good as at the Renaissance the night before, but we were ready to come home and the night passed quickly.