Aix-en-Provence, simply known as Aix and pronounced as ex, is an alluring, romantic town about 25 km away from the urbane city of Marseille. A visit to Aix is like a step back in time to the 15th – 17th century townhouses, narrow pathways, tree-lined boulevards and bubbling fountains. Besides its stateliness, the city is well known for its foreign students and the great French dressing sense.
Travellers visiting Aix land at the Marseille-Provence Airport located a 25-minute car journey from the city. The airport is served by UK cities via British Airways, Ryanair and Easyjet, and other major international airlines such as Air France.
There is a number of trains that opt to stop at Aix-en-Provence TGV railway station. This option is however explored by tourists who are on a long journey of visiting several places in Europe and Aix is one of the destinations. The Eurostar journey from London's St. Pancras changes stations at Paris, Gare du Nord, and Gare Lyon before arriving at TGV. It alone takes about three hours for the train journey to pass through France. You can also book a Eurostar trip from Lille to Aix TGV which takes about four hours.
Aix is comparatively a small city and tourists find it viable to navigate it either on foot or by renting a car. The bus system is also very well-organized, connecting the city with nearby villages and towns. Tourists can avail of frequent traveler discounts as well buy multi-pack tickets for the Aix-TGV Station-Marseille trip, at the main bus station. Another way of exploring the city is on a bicycle while enjoying the weather, which makes the whole experience so memorable. It lets you visit the remote corners, small villages and immerse in the sights and scents of the place.
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There are no fixed guidelines on tipping in France. Waiters in France are salaried a fixed income which may be monthly or hourly. They are also covered by retirement benefits, paid vacations and health care, which comes from the 12-15% service charge levied in the bill. Since waiters in France don't live off tips, you are not expected pay one, especially if the service is poor. However, you can pay a few extra Euros if you find the service outstanding.
Aix is a safe city but like any other town, some amount of precaution is mandatory on part of the traveller. Beware of pickpockets and thieves and remain alert to your surroundings. Do not leave valuables or important documents in your parked car. While travelling to distant neighbourhoods at night, take taxis from the Rotonde fountain. Also, avoid public parks after dark.
With 300 days of sunshine, Aix can be visited all throughout the year. However, spring and fall are the best months to experience the unforgettable treasures of the countryside and stunning orchards. Tourists throng the place in the summertime to witness the blooming of the lavender fields and attend cultural events, but at the same time, the city, its beaches, and the connecting roads can get crowded.
During the winters, the days are pleasant with moderate temperatures. The locals are able to enjoy their peace as there are virtually no tourists. But, it also rains during winters and the bone-chilling mistral winds can force you to stay indoors. Note that, Provence weather is rigidly divided into summer, fall, winter, and spring. Since there is no bad time to visit Aix before you embark on your trip, decide which weather you are comfortable with.
It does get chilly at night in Aix, so it is advised to bring some warm clothing like a long-sleeved jacket, mitts, and scarf to feel warm.
|Accident / Crash||un accident|
|Drowning||noyade (se noyer)|
|Have Asthma||être asthmatique|
|Have Diabetes||être diabétique|
|Heart attack||crise cardiaque|
|Help me||aidez moi|
|I am being burgled||je suis en train de me faire cambrioler|
|I am in labor||je suis en train d'accoucher|
|je suis en train d'accoucher||j'ai eu un accident|
|In labor/having contractions||avoir contractions|
|Need a doctor||besoin un médecin (il me faut un médecin)|
|Need an ambulance||besoin une ambulance (il me faut une ambulance)|
|Need an inhaler||avoir besoin d'un inhalateur|
|Police Officer||un policier|
|Someone is in the house||quelqu'un est chez moi (quelqu'un est entré par effraction chez moi)|
|Stroke||avc (un accident vasculaire cérébral)|
|The car is on fire||la voiture a pris feu|
|The house is on fire||Tla maison a pris feu|
|Very sick||très malade|
|Excuse Me / Sorry||Excusez-moi|
|Please||S'il vous plaît|
|I don't speak French||Je ne parle pas français|
|I speak a little French||Je parle un peu français|
|Please speak slowly||Parlez lentement, s'il vous plaît|
|Do you speak English?||Parlez-vous anglais?|
|Can you help me, please?||Pouvez-vous m'aider, s'il vous plaît?|
|Train station||La gare|
|A room||Une chambre|
|A Ticket||Un billet|
|The Bathroom||La sale de bains / La toilette|
|A Public Phone||Une téléphone public|