With a total area of 75sqmi, this little French city (with the appropriately short nickname of Aix, pronounced like "Ex") offers visitors a quaint, walkable alternative to Marseille, France's second most populous metropolis. Yes, it's a bit on the expensive side, but that's par for the course in the South of France, and with an average of 300 annual days of sunshine, it's pretty easy to see why Cézanne drew so much inspiration from this town. The residential district of Quartier Mazarin is home to a number of "hôtels particuliers," grand townhouses which, although they aren't actual hotels and you can't stay in them, are still incredible to look at.
Aix is also known as "the city of a thousand fountains," and that's not hyperbole -- there are seriously a ton of ornate fountains scattered throughout the place. Whether or not that includes bidets is anyone's guess.