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Founded in 123 BC, beautiful Aix is a quintessential Provencal town where aromas of fresh herbs and lavender fill the air. Here you'll discover an atmospheric city center that's a showcase of Roman architecture, colorful flower markets, and Belle Epoque brasseries serving signature Aixoise cuisine. Shaded Cours Mirabeau, one of the world's most beautiful boulevards, beckons with its rococo fountains and historic cafés once frequented by artist Cézanne. Explore the Mazarin Quarter with its opulent mansions, and the Cathedral of the Holy Savior, where Romanesque, gothic, and Merovingian architecture exist side by side…and when evening falls, immerse yourself in the city's vibrant nightlife.
Monograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Aix-en-Provence, France. Our Local Host will ensure that you feel comfortable and welcomed while on vacation and help you maximize your time so you can enjoy Aix-en-Provence. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Aix-en-Provence and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Aix-en-Provence insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Frederique was born in Marseille, France. She has worked in tourism for the past ten years, specialising in beautiful and historic Provence. She loves meeting Monograms guests and sharing information about Aix en Provence with them.
Ask your Local Host for suggestions for a walking route to view elegant homes, bell towers, and more of Aix's splendid fountains. It's easy to get around. Stop at a café and watch the world go by, in true French style.
Relax at one of the thermal baths, the hot springs were originally discovered by the Romans!
Your Local Host will have suggestions to suit your interests while in Aix en Provence.
Aix has some enticing food and flower markets to view and sample the local produce.
Try the local specialty, Calissons candies, a delectable combination of almond paste and candied fruit. Bouillabaisse, the traditional fish stew, is delicious, it originated in Marseille. Then there's boeuf-en-daube (beef), ratatouille (Mediterranean vegetables, and tapenade (olive paste). Sample Cote-de-Provence wine, and a glass of kir (white wine with blackcurrant liquor).
From soaps, to sachets, the Provence area is famous for lavender products and other perfumed goods. Colorful Provencal cloth items make splendid gifts, and the local faience pottery is well worth considering. Aix en Provence has some splendid boutiques if you want to treat yourself to a French fashion souvenir; scarves are attractive and light to pack.
Nice, capital of the Côte d'Azur, is the largest city between Genoa and Marseille-and also one of the most ancient, dating back to Greek times. This sophisticated "Queen of the Riviera" is perfect for sun lovers since it boasts an average 300 days of sunshine per year. Enjoy a stroll along the 200-year-old Promenade des Anglais, which hugs the city's Mediterranean coastline. There are also plenty of sightseeing opportunities, including the Old Town, the colorful Cours Saleya Flower Market; the Matisse Museum with its outstanding collection of the great local artist's work; the Russian Orthodox Church, the oldest church of its kind outside Russia; and the archaeology museum and ruins of the Roman amphitheatre, public baths, and streets.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Nice. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Nice and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Nice insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Hello, my name is Virginie and I look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful French Riviera. I was born in Nice and studied Art History at the University of Nice, spending one year in New York to perfect my English. I have been a professional guide here on the Riviera for eight years, I really love helping Monograms guests get to know the local culture and to enjoy themselves in this wonderfully relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere.
Stroll along this magnificent palm- and flower-filled avenue, with grand views over the Mediterranean, and relax in its charm. At sunset, when the pink glow of the sky reflects the white buildings, it becomes magical.
Visit the old part of Nice with its Italian-style palaces dating from the 1750s. Ask your Local Host for a walking route.
See the Matisse Museum, collections dedicated to Picasso and Chagall, the Archeological Museum, or Asian Art. Your Local Host will be pleased to give you information about Nice’s many museums according to your interests.
Climb to the top of the hill for fabulous vistas of the Port of Nice, the sweep of the Promenade des Anglais, and the sea.
Take a dip, rent a boat, or simply relax on one of the public or private beaches. Other sports opportunities include golf, horse riding, tennis, and cycling.
Enjoy the color and presentation of the famous flower market or the vegetable and fruit markets. Stroll along the Cours Saleya pedestrian district—attractively laid out, teeming with colorful stalls, and lined with pleasant cafés and restaurants. No matter what time of day it is, there's always something happening here.
See the Louis Vuitton and Hermes stores, and admire the styles of exclusive French clothiers.
Good buys to take home from your vacation include bags, scarves, perfumes, flower oils and soaps, colorful linens, and local pottery, including the unique figurines Santons de Provence.
When you’re ready for something sweet, there’s plenty of mouth-watering patisserie to tempt you. Or try crépes, with a wide variety of fillings both sweet and savory. France has over 400 varieties of cheese and remarkable wines to sample. Then there’s the Salade Nicoise. Your Local Host will be pleased to assist you with information on true French cuisine. Sip a pastis with the locals; it’s flavored with aniseed and is a specialty of the South of France.
When it comes to Paris, words fail. No description or superlative comes close to capturing the magic of the inimitable "City of Light." It's not just the culture…or the history…or the people, architecture, or food. It's all of those things-plus, so much more. Whether it's day, night, winter, summer, spring, or autumn, in Paris, the very air feels enchanted. Certainly, few places have as many recognizable icons: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and Notre Dame, which is celebrating its 850th anniversary of the cathedral. Whether you're shopping along the Champs-Élysées, cruising down the River Seine, taking in a cabaret show at the historic Moulin Rouge, strolling through the artist village of Montmartre, or simply basking in the city's je ne sais quoi at a sidewalk café, Paris will make a lasting impression on you.
Monograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Paris. Our Local Host will ensure that you feel comfortable and welcomed while on vacation and help you maximize your time so you can enjoy Paris. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Paris and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Paris insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Hello, my name is Kenia. I am one of the Paris Monograms Hosts and really enjoy greeting Monograms' guests. I have lived in Paris for 15 years and it is a pleasure helping people to discover the city for the first time, or to enjoy a return visit. I still remember the first came I came to Paris, its stunning monuments, its elegance and its natural beauty really impressed me. There are fabulous art collections to discover, delightful restaurants, a romantic Seine cruise to admire the majesty of Paris, and the Eiffel Tower. We look forward to meeting you, we are always happy to make new friends.
Try a walking tour of the Montmartre district, where artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh worked. While in Montmartre, visit the Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart). This pristine, white-stone church was proposed as a memorial to the soldiers killed in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, but was not completed until the end of World War I. The church features one of the world's largest mosaics, which depicts Christ with outstretched arms, and a massive 19-ton church bell. Sit on the steps outside the church for wonderful views of the city, maybe joining in the singing with other visitors enjoying a relaxing moment, and absorb the Parisienne joie de vivre (joy of life).
Stroll through centuries of artwork at the Musée d'Orsay, which houses an extensive collection of impressionist masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, and Cezanne, or drop by the Pompidou Center, an architectural wonder, to view its masterpieces, and maybe afterwards enjoy the street entertainers in front of the building.
A few blocks from the famous Bastille Square, this charming area is full of historical buildings and art and shopping possibilities: visit the Picasso Museum, or the Victor Hugo House to learn more about the author of Les Misérables, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame, also the Carnavalet Museum dedicated to the history of Paris.
Heart of the left bank known as the students' district since the Middle Ages and still an intellectual and artistic center.
Families may like to take a stroll in one of the famous parks, and take a whirl on their charming carousels. Have a cup of tea in the gardens of Musée de la Vie Romantique, the Tuileries Gardens are also well worth a visit.
In the Roaring 20s, the quirky bookstore on the Bohemian Left Bank was the meeting place for some of literature's greats, like Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Joyce to name a few. It continues to serve as a cultural magnet for struggling writers and visitors alike. You can cross the river and reach the "Ile de la Cité " to admire the beautiful stained glass windows on the first floor of the Sainte Chapelle.
Find your favorite bridge, there are thirty seven and they are all different, from plain to gilded and from new to over 400 years old, the special atmosphere they create across the Seine river, helps to make Paris one of the world's most romantic cities. Ask your Local Host how to reach beautiful Pont des Arts.
Ask your Local Host how to get to the flea market for affordable objets d'art, or visit one of the food markets. The French know how to turn food display into an art form. See rainbows of fresh fruit and vegetables, soft palettes of bread and colossal wheels of cheese; France has over 400 varieties of cheese! And when you're ready for dessert, specialty stores abound-from tarts and pastries to crêpes and pain au chocolat. Other specialties to try include onion soup with a fresh baguette, coq au vin (a classic chicken dish), croque-monsieur, quiche Lorraine, escargots, steak-frites and famous French wines and champagne.
Shop at haute couture boutiques on the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré or on Avenue Montaigne, or join a fashion show. Use your included specially arranged discounts at the famous Galeries Lafayette, or check out the Printemps department store. Perfumes and scarves are classic gifts, as well as French berets, lace, collection dolls and pottery.
When you are ready for a break, join the locals at one of the cafés, sip a glass of wine or a café au lait (hot milk coffee), and watch the world go by in true Parisien style.
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