Anyone else going to Aix-en-Provence in Feb 2018?

This will be my first RS program and I chose this one in Provence.  Anxious to freshen up on my French language skills (or lack thereof) and learn a little French cooking as well.  It would be nice to get to know some of the other participants on this trip and where they are from.

I'm a single lady living outside of Phoenix AZ.  I love to travel and hope to take advantage of the weekends to see some of the places in France that I haven't been to yet.

Hope to hear from my other classmates.


  • Hi All

    A few more thoughts

    Diane: My flight from Amsterdam (Air France/Delta) arrives at 11:40AM. I would be interested in sharing a taxi/Uber with you but do not want you to have to wait to long. I've never used Uber but have the App on my phone. My research says Uber will cost €46-61, 17 miles, 31minutes. I'm estimating that I'll be out of passport control/customs/etc. at 12:30. By then I'll have a backpack and 1 black suitcase with an orange strap.

    Important: My research is not infallible, just the best info I could gather using a lot of sources.

    One reason I wrote the following is that Google Maps/Earth will direct you to take a bus into Marseille then take a TER to Aix. This is an awful choice since you are already about halfway to Aix when you are at the airport.

    All: The cheapest/best way to get to the hotel from the airport is to exit Terminal 1 at the middle left (facing the exit, not the planes), You will see a bus ticket office in a separate building, look for Aix shuttle, buy ticket, cost for a 1-way trip is €8,60 (seniors might get by for €1,50?), busses run every 30 min., you might be able to buy the ticket on the bus, you load your luggage under the bus (don't have to lug it up stairs/ narrow aisles, etc). the bus runs to the Aix bus station (near the Aix train station) with a few stops along the way (one stop is at the Aix TGV station - don't get off here). From the bus station you have a number of choices, 1. taxi/Uber 2. Bus #11 (about 11min) to stop De La Molle, €1, exact change, then a 5 min (2 blocks) fairly level walk to hotel 3. Walk to hotel (might be very grim with luggage, poor weather, and uphill stretch at end) - without luggage the walk should take about 15 min.

    Shuttle web sit:
    Look for the pdf download on the above web page.

    Cheers, Doug
  • Hi Doug, I sent a reply to your posting above, but it appears not to be displayed. So, let me see if I can recount what I had written in my earlier response.

    I will be arriving on February 16 at 11:15 AM, AF#7662 which proceeds your flight arrival by about half an hour. My flight arrives at Terminal 1B. Is that where you are arriving as well? We can plan to meet at a specific place in the terminal.

    I do not mind waiting for your flight to arrive if it is not significantly delayed. We can share contact info to keep in touch.

    I believe many airports do not permit Ubers to pick up passengers at airport terminals due to traffic logistical issues. A taxi from MRS to Aix is around €50, which we can split, and should take about ½ hour.

    Let me know if you want to proceed with a plan to share a taxi, and we can give further details.

    Best regards, Diane
  • Hi Diane

    My flight (DL8364/AF1807) on 16Feb18 is scheduled into MRS terminal 1B at 11h40 from Amsterdam.

    My phone is 001-406-304-9278 (I'm on Google's Project Fi, it has been working all over Europe)

    Where to meet?
    The Marseille Provence airport is in the middle of a huge project which started about 1 1/2 years ago. One of the first areas to be "changed" is Terminal 1; thus all the maps available on the web may/may not be valid. The map I've got and Google Street view show the Taxi pick-up right between terminal 1B and 1A. Both may be out of date?? In any case, I'll head toward that spot. As I mentioned earlier, look for a black "spinner" suitcase with a wide orange strap "led" by tired looking "old" dude wearing a black backpack.

    Taxi is ok but I think your €50 taxi estimate is from 2012, I would not be surprised to see €65-80 now (correct me if I'm mistaken). I can easily afford it but my Scottish ancestors will be very unhappy. Just for the novelty and to keep challenging myself I'm still interested in Uber.

    Please go on ahead if there is any delay. We might get "lucky" and land in the middle of a nation-wide strike! It's only a 17 mile walk to Aix :-)

    Enough humor! Time is drawing short & my French keeps going in one ear and out the same one!
    Cheers, Doug
  • Hello All:
    Robert and Nancy (Spokane, WA) will be flying into Marseille Feb 16 at 1405 and taking the bus to Aix. We look forward to meeting the rest of the Road Scholar group. We hope to do some side trips while in France. Robert really wants to see the Lascaux Cave area (Montignac) if possible.
  • Bonjour Doug,

    Want to supply you with my cell number - 703.627.3604. You can text me if you are running late, and I will do the same. I found a map of Terminal 1 at MRS, and you are correct, the taxi stand is between Halls A and B - . I also checked taxi fares and still am finding an estimate of around €50. I will have a RS tag on my suitcase - and green ribbon. See you next week! Bon voyage, Diane   

  • Bonjour Diane,

    Merci beaucoup! Je serai celui qui parle avec Macron ... entouré par la Garde républicaine! ;-)

    Bon voyage,
    François-Marie Arouet (aka Doug)
  • Bonjour à tous!

    especially to Monsieur V. aka Doug.

    The taxi I got from the airport to Aix costs 60Euro on the way to Aix and then 80E going back the other way. The walk from the bus without luggage is pretty easy -- maybe 8 blocks, the last one uphill. I'm going to take a cab after the long flight. (I'm coming in on February 14.)

    Last year the group exchanged emails and room numbers with each other. RS won't do this for us. I can bring a spreadsheet we can pass around at our first meeting Friday evening. The desk will make copies for people.

    Anyway, here is my email:

    Some random thoughts about practical things. There is a grocery two blocks from the hotel, and a Monoprix with food about 6 blocks away. Two bakeries -- one plain, one fancy -- a tabac, and a traiteur (selling prepared food to take away) within a block. Also a yarn store, an office supply store, and a funky hardware store. And an oral surgeon. OK, enough. If you have any practical questions that I might be able to help with, please ask.
  • HI Lanie,

        You have made a great choice in going on your first RS program...the first of many, I’m sure! I started 16 years ago, have been on a variety of over 20 programs, and have a Wish List of 50!

        I went on a similar program to Aix last spring with a different company. It was a terrific experience but I plan on returning to Aix with Road Scholar. I like the fact that it stays longer in Aix. The Adagio is a very nice modern hotel with a terrific staff. It is a block from a grocery store (be sure to bring your own bags or buy the inexpensive bags at the check out counter). You can walk everywhere easily and there are markets scattered all over at various times of the week where you can buy flowers, clothes, veggies, sausages, and more. The Tourist Bureau is fantastic and an easy walk from the hotel. Some people rented cars and took drives on off days. Others of us preferred getting a tour in a van through the Tourist Bureau. There need to be at least 2 people taking the tour for it to go. I did half day tours to see the Lavendar Fields (in June) and Cassis with an added boat ride to the Calanques, inlets from the Mediterranean with rocky cliffs. One time a group of us hired a large taxi to take us to a modern winery which also had an outdoor cafe for lunch. Once you are there many opportunities will arise.

      FYI When you want to continue learning French try the RS “French Immersion: A Key to the Francophone World”. I’m returning for the third time.

    Bon Voyage!

  • Hi Joyce,
    Your French Immersion trip sounds great too! Maybe next year for me. Thanks for the info on Aix and side trips. good to know. Enjoy your trip and I'll do the same and maybe we can compare notes. Take Care! Lanie