June 2008. This photo-journal is about the beautiful and historic college town of about 150,000 in southern France that was once the capital of the Kingdom of Provence.
Aix began in 123 BC as Aquae Sextiae, a Roman springs and spa situated in a fertile plain with a warm climate near the Arc River, a tributary of the Rhône. For almost 900 years it was fought over by a succession of barbarians, Saracens, knights, and others. By the 13th century the first university was founded and it finally became a peaceful centre for the Arts