a true gem in Aix-en-Provence

The Place de la Rotonde, Aix-en-Provence
photo from Wikipedia Commons taken by Daniel Arnold, released under GFDL and CC-BY-SA-2.0
If you are making plans to visit Provence, Aix-en-Provence is a great place to make your base. A student town, Aix is easily reached by the TGV train from Paris and is a destination well worth a visit. If you're there on a Saturday, you'll enjoy the street market, but no matter what day you arrive, make sure you see the studio where Cezanne painted, developing a style that ultimately led to cubism.

Where to stay in Aix-en-Provence? Fans of five-star hotels will love the Villa Gallici, a Virtuoso property. But if you love the kind of experience that a luxurious, wonderful Bed and Breakfast can offer, look no further than Sous le Tilleul.

Entering through these red doors just a short block from the Fountain de la Rotunde, right at the end of the Cours Mirabeau, you walk up one flight of steps where Marie-Christine will welcome you into her large, two-story apartment. You will enter into a warm, casually elegant living room with grand piano that looks out onto a beautiful courtyard. (Guests are free to use the living room while staying in the B&B). The breakfast room, where you will enjoy an exquisite French breakfast every morning of your stay, is right off the living room.

Walking up another flight of stairs, you will enter your own private 60 square meter suite... a large bedroom with four-poster bed; a wonderful, modern bathroom with a great shower; and your own private sitting room with satellite television. The apartment also has a washer and dryer that guests can use for a small charge.

Sous le Tilleul also has a separate furnished flat, 65 square meters, that can be rented by the week or by the month. This B&B is one of the best kept secrets in Provence ... at least until now!

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