I studied in Aix for a semester back in 1987, and have forgotten just about all my French, but I would love to go back and visit. I'm sure all has changed and I've not ventured to Europe since I left. Many here have recently traveled to Aix or have a good memory of your trip. If you had to re-due it, I'd love to hear the perfect plan.
I had thought of Flying into Paris, then renting a car and driving to Aix, too far? Should take a train? plane? I managed without a car quite well almost 30 years ago, but I was single and now have a wife and son to join me. Not worried about where to stay so much as mobility.