The first day of May is celebrated in France by being a national holiday, similar to Labour Day in the States. It also marks the final month of glorious spring where flowers are in full bloom and the sun is shining brightly. Hence what better way to enjoy the outdoors than to do like so many and take to the roads on a bike. Riding is the unofficial summer sport of France and is also a great way to take in the scenery of the Provence.
Maintenance is essential to a healthy vineyard. Weeds must be tended to, fruit trees treated and the earth continually aerated for maximum productivity. Further more this sentence creates an impacting scene of life in Provence; slow, yet productive. Due to the mediterranean climate and the landscape, the earth can be quite dry which may come as a bit of a shock to some seeing as the land itself produces such a bountiful selection of goods.
Aix boasts an array of museums, galleries and libraries, dominating cathedrals and historical buildings now converted into plush hotels and restaurants. It is famous for being a university town and also has several training colleges, a college of arts and design and is an internationally recognised centre for many international study programs.