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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Saint Paul de Vence

The medieval hilltop town of Saint Paul de Vence is a short, economical bus ride from Nice. For 3 euros per person (round trip) the #400 bus leaves from the Albert 1er bus stop and takes approximately 55 minutes before arriving in Saint Paul.

St. Paul de Vence bus stop with town up the hill on the right
Saint Paul de Vence's narrow, windy and steep cobble streets make one feel like having stepped back in time.

Every few steps there are art galleries, gift, clothing and souvenir shops.

If shopping is not of interest, no worries. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.

One could even argue the many ups and downs provide a reasonably good work out. No? Well, there are certainly plenty of photo opportunities.

In the little shop to the right (below) we purchased our very first ever macarons - sweet meringue based cookies filled with virtually every delicious thing under the sun. We opted for the more traditional fare, namely chocolate raspberry and lemon. Delicious, melt-in-your-mouth-Mmm!

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There is no shortage of greenery and Mother Nature becomes one with the stone and brick.

Around every corner we spotted something new and delightful, and often it was accomplished via the minutest of details.

Saint Paul de Vence is a walled town and the outskirt sections now incorporate automobiles. A parking lot is tucked beside this building to the left.

To the south and just outside the medieval fortifications is the cemetery and artist Marc Chagall's final resting place. (Chagall moved to Saint Paul de Vence in 1966. He died in 1985.)

Continuing along the roadway fortification allows lovely views of the town and surrounding countryside.

The route includes more art galleries, shops, restaurants and even more photographic opportunities.

Following the steep roadway back down the hill one passes a discreet public restroom (on the left).

At the base of the fortifications and not far from the bus stop are more shops and restaurants.

We did stop for lunch btw, but did so earlier in the old part of town. The theory being we would walk some of it off afterward. (Haha!)

Good times and many wonderful memories while visiting Saint Paul de Vence. 💕

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  1. Wow, Wow, Wow. Your adventures are just amazing! What a pretty place to visit and your pictures are beautiful!

    1. That was our reaction as well, Rosella! It was a total delight for the senses.

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  3. Those narrow walkway...just WOW! It's mind boggling that time seems to have stood still there.
    Our friends in Manotick brought back some Macarons last year. They didn't last long! When we were atop the Eiffel Tower just recently, there was a display case by the restaurant which had a model of the tower made out of Macarons! Delicious!
    Great blog, once again! We must get to Nice for sure.

    1. That's one of the things we enjoyed most about it - that time has appeared to stand still. Sadly, other villages have either been abandoned or parts destroyed to make way for the automobile, but St. Paul de Vence's hilltop location and the influx of tourism has ensured its future.

  4. Beautiful, this is definitely our kind of town, minus the tourist shops! ;-)

    Love the horse made of horseshoes, the imagination that went into creating that!


    1. This was the most touristy village we visited, Ruth. There are plenty of others to explore and I'll be adding those we explored soon. As for the sculptures, that is one of my favourite things about France - the inclusion of art EVERYWHERE!