Newly arrived AUCP summer students get their bearings during a walking tour of Aix-en-Provence. Scheduled on the first day of the program, the tour is led by AUCP professor Pamela Morton who will share her knowledge and inside tips of the city that AUCP students will be calling home for the next six weeks. Repeatedly voted the favorite city of the French themselves, Aix, unlike Paris, allows students to feel comfortable and at home within a very short time. Intimate yet cosmopolitan, sunny and studious, with a vibrant student population and an active nightlife, Aix offers countless opportunities for rich cultural contacts and lasting friendships. Aix-en-Provence lies at the heart of one of the most charmed regions in France…Provence. Founded by the Romans, ruled by the Counts of Provence, birthplace of Emile Zola and Paul Cézanne, Aix combines stately historical beauty and a lively, modern spirit. Numerous sidewalk cafés, open-air markets, restaurants, shops, museums and cinemas set the scene for an active social life. The city is home to a world-renowned international music and opera festival and hosts the Ballet Preljocaj directed by one of France’s foremost contemporary choreographers.
Aix is just thirty minutes by train from France’s bustling second city, Marseille, fifteen minutes from the TGV high-speed train line to Avignon, Lyon and Paris, and midway on the main route joining Barcelona and Northern Italy. The Marseille-Provence airport, France’s most active airport outside Paris, offers easy international access to Aix and the region.
Pamela Morton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting & Sculpture and a Graduate Degree from Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Art Restauration Institute), Florence with a Specialization in Museum Education. Senior Lecturer of Painting and Drawing at the AUCP, she also works as a guide and lecturer on Art History and Architecture in the region. She enjoys the arts and traveling.