A beautiful university city in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France, Aix-en-Provence is where Paul Cézanne the famous post-impressionist painter was born. The art lover can actually poke their nose into his childhood home and his former studio on a walking trail around this leafy city. Aix-en-Provence is about 30km north of Marseille, so it's easy to have a change of city when the fancy takes you. With a population of about 143,000 you will find many perched on chairs outside cafes sipping espresso and munching on croissants before heading to a coworking venue to get their stuff done.
Dominated by the white limestone Sainte-Victoire Mountain,
Aix-en-Provence is where you can lose yourself in wide boulevards and public squares without a worry in the world. From its 16th, 17th and 18th century mansions to stone lions guarding its grand avenue, its cosmopolitan vibe defies its long history. The old town is totally pedestrianized; so don't even think about trying to drive a car into it. Often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains, you will hear the tinkling of water everywhere you go. Make sure you check out the most famous brasserie in the city that was built in 1792 and frequented by the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Paul Cezanne, the Deux Garçons.
Everything is changing in France at the moment with reforms aimed to help startups rather than hinder them, with efforts made to open both its economy and its borders to tech startups. The French mentality is evolving and taking into account the whole world, not just its own country. The opening of coworking venues is merely one more step in the ecosystem that may see France leading the European scene.
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