Aix en Provence - France

Protected by the Montagne Ste Victoire which rises to 1,011m. Aix is surrounded by a countryside full of authentic Provencal houses and traditional French style gardens. The name Aix comes from the source discovered when the city was founded in 123b.c. by the Romans. Aix was the capitol of Provence in the 15th century, Wealthy merchants and local dignitaries helped turn this city into the Florence of Provence as we know it today.

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XXX :

Does anyone know of any camera repair stores in Aix-en-Provence(France). Preferably dealing with Minolta lenses. A friend of mine has a lens that broke.

Modulus :
"Konica Minolta was recently acquired by Sony, so any support you need more than likely will go through them. I looked on Sony's website for support options, and what I found is in Link 1. I'm not sure how old your friend's lens is, or how far back they can go in terms of support, but in France, here's the contact: Technical Issues Contact Details: Tel. 0825 841 842 Repair Contact Details: 3 rue Charlies Baudelaire, 75012 Paris Tel. +33 1 44 75 73 73 Fax. +33 1 43 44 25 40 web:www.photocinems.fr It looks like you may need to travel to Paris to get the lens fixed."
roxanel_75 :

I am travelling to Aix en Provence with my daughter, 2 years old, and I am interested in child friendly restaurants. Do you know any? Do you know if most of the restaurants can offer a baby/toddler chair?

Eclipsepearl :
"To be honest, French restaurants don't really do the "kiddie" thing. There aren't any Chuck-E-Cheez's. The closest thing is McDonald's and Hippo which is a normal restaurant, well adapted to kids. We do find them expensive. Children are welcomed into pretty much any restaurant in France. Only the most expensive posh places might frown upon this. We take our kids pretty much anywhere we want to eat and often they aren't the only ones. There are usually have high chairs and will do special requests and/or heat something up for you. Bring something to keep her occupied but I'm surprised how often they do have something for mine. I would suggest showing up either right when they open, about 7pm or for dinner, or 12 for lunch. I have also shown up with offspring at 1:30, before they close the kitchen. That way, if anyone does object, they can more easily reseat or pay and leave. This is also a secret to getting more attention from the waiters. Once in the South of France, we were eating in a nice restaurant with my toddler. An American couple came in and groused about it. They didn't realize I'm American and could understand (my husband's French and can't speak English). They really objected to the attention the waiter gave us. I wanted to tell them that yes, this is culturally accepted in France. When I go to the States, I only go to "kid-friendly" restaurants. If you don't, people complain but not here in France. Eat where you want and enjoy!"
tantaurus :

What is the best way to get from Paris to Avignon or Aix en Provence? Train? Plane? Thanks!

Rillifane :
"Train makes the most sense. From Paris to Avignon there are several trains a day that make the trip in in 2 1/2 - 3 hours. The cost can be as little as 50 euros depending on what train you take. Given the time it takes to get thru airport security these days there's no point in flying. You can book your trip here:"

 

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Crazy_Rob
Date: 2008-02-02 23:32:08

The South of France is filled with architecture from the 60s and 70s. On a walk from the Old Town in Aix de Provence (town of about 100,000 with architecture from the 5th to the 18th centuries); to the outskirts of the city, there's a weird and wild building, which I like to call the dot building.


Crazy_Rob
Date: 2008-02-02 23:32:08

American/Frenchman Douglas Edric Stanley is professor of digital arts at Aix-en-Provence school of art, where he gets to build things like this sequencer controlled by a Rubik's cube. More excitingly, there's a playable online version.


bjplink
Date: 2008-02-02 23:32:08

Douglas Edric Stanley is professor of digital arts at Aix-en-Provence school of art, and he has created a music sequencer controller that's based on the infamous Rubik Cube...


marsian
Date: 2008-02-02 23:32:08

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