Aix en Provence
If you live in Tunisia and you want a quick, easy and tasty break, I recommend a visit to Aix en Provence in Southern France. Top 10 reasons that Aix is a great place to visit while you live in Tunis.
  1. The frequent flights from Tunis to Marseille take 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  2. There is an easy fast bus from the airport to downtown Aix.
  3. You can watch movies in English at the Renoir Cinema.aixwater.jpg
  4. There is a great English Bookstore.
  5. The food and wine are great.
  6. The town is very relaxed and tourist-friendly. English is widely spoken.
  7. The weather is generally good.
  8. There are endless streets to wonder.
  9. Shopping is great (I stock up on ham, cheese, and wine but there are lots of other types of shopping).
  10. It's France!

Planning your Trip
Aix is great for a 3 or 4-day weekend. Just book your flight from Tunis to Marseille and when you arrive look for the Navette (shuttle to Aix) www.navetteaixtgvaeroport.com It takes about 30 minutes and leaves every 20 minutes.
We have been many times and the best bet is to use on –line sites to find a good deal (it is always changing). Ideally, you want something in or close to center. Three places we’ve stayed at and liked were:
Hôtel Cézanne - Hotel Aix-en-Provence (we got a great deal in the winter)
Hôtel de France (super location if you want to be right in it)
Villa Vabelle http://www.valbelle.com/ (love this place but it is only practical if you have a car)
Your best bet is to use some thing like www.booking.com
Spend a little time searching the Web for activities like museums, shopping, food, or whatever you fancy. You will be rewarded.

Do Not Miss
Cinema Le Renoir for Version Original Movies in English
Le Petit Verdot. Super Food and Wine. http://www.lepetitverdot.fr/
Book in Bar English Book Store. If nothing else get a tea and a scone.
Saturday Market in Place de Verdun.
The Pain Quotidien. Soups, sandwiches and desserts that will make you want to slap your grandma. http://www.lepainquotidien.com/fr/
LA CAVE D'YVES, BAR A VINS et CAVISTE. This is a place to sit and taste wine with an expert who will explain the world of wine and tastes. It is very French, so go with a good sense of humor. http://www.lacavedyves.com/
Laboca Loca (Mexican Food). If you are craving a burrito in France, this is the place. Popular with younger crown because it is tasty, cheap, and filling. http://www.laboca-loca.com/
Bagel Story. Yummy Bagels and Bagel sandwiches. http://bagelstory.com/indexeng.html

Three teachers visited Aix in April 2012 and wanted to add this restaurant to the list
La Chimere Cafe http://www.lachimerecafe.com/ 15, rue Brueys 04.42.38.3000 Great food and friendly staff

Cautions
This idealistic spot can be surprising cold and windy in the winter.
This is not a cheap town.
Just because it is France do not assume all restaurants are good. Do your homework or ask around.
The cafes along the Mirabeau are very touristy.
Wear good shoes because you will walk a lot!
Most shops are closed on Sunday.

Consider
Renting a car to explore surrounding wine producers.
Visiting Cezanne’s studio/museum