Word of Mouth: Aix-en-Provence

Cézanne's workshop, a historic old town and some of the world's most magnificent light

A mention of the south of France often conjures visions of Slim Aarons-style grandeur, neatly positioned umbrellas stretching along strips of beach and perhaps a yacht or two. And yet, 30 minutes north of Marseilles (and easily accessible by an inexpensive, frequent bus from the Marseilles airport), Aix-en-Provence appeals more to the quiet aesthete—someone traveling to appreciate centuries-old beauty dressed in summer sun that lingers …

Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence

A month-long event in the south of France, making opera relevant and available to new audiences

Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence, or Festival d’Aix, isn’t your average collection of acts in the already crowded festival season. Though, in its 69th year, it’s certainly not new. Set in various theaters (one of which is outdoors) across Aix-en-Provence, it’s also not a hub of overcrowding, Instagramming or raucous behavior. Rather, Festival d’Aix demonstrates the sheer power of an ever-relevant art form: opera. Without …