A commanding position right in the centre of Aix, looking down the Cours Mirabeau, and everything a short walk away. Spending 11 weeks there, we got to know and love it – although that’s probably possible just by looking at the photos. Being on the top floor of an old “hotel” (mansion), the apartment gets lots of sun from both the southern side and front of the building – important for us in winter. Excellent views across rooftops, and down the Cours – where all sorts of things happened, including the Christmas chalets and parades. Stacks of room with two complete bedrooms, as well as a sofa on the mezzanine, and with a well equipped kitchen that is relatively large for such places. Exceedingly well managed, and well maintained.
Numerous shoe shops, hairdressers and opticians immediately downstairs, plus every other possible shop. Cafes and restaurants within a short walk in every direction. A walk to the daily market, but markets reach nearby three days weekly. You’d need many months to discover facilities even within a three-minute stroll, such as the Jeu de Paume theatre. A top cake shop right at the door, although you might need to hunt down the cheese shop in the Passage.
As well as a very grand staircase, the building has a lift, for which tenants need a key. As luck would have it, the lift was out of action once when we had to lug suitcases upstairs, and again when we finally left. After nearly three months, we’d have to find a few irritations, but other than mentioning the noisy street some nights, they would be ridiculously niggardly to hint at, and I would not want to put anyone off. Much as we’d like, we’re probably not going to get lucky enough to return for any length of time.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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