Blogs from Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France, Europe


A day planned inland to St Paul de Vence. A hilltop Village..20min tram to Parc Phinox then the 400 bus to St Paul. Great bus journey into a region where there are not so many apartments but detached houses. Lots of greenery & very clean. We passed through Cagnes sur Mer which appears to be another weathly area on the Cote d'Azur. Chaghall is buried in the cemetary which sits ontop of the hill just outside the Village wall. The Village was full of art shops.... read more
Entrance through the old wall
Info Centre

Tom and I have been meaning to make the trip to St. Paul de Vence for a long time. Previously with only a 3-5 day stay in Villefranche-sur-Mer time always seemed to run out. Within the last few years many people, especially our French friends, have really encouraged us to go when we are in the South of France. It really is only an hour away by car but then again it seems everything is just an hour from Villefranche-sur-Mer. Last year we made a sincere attempt planning a day trip there but once again time (and a towed car) was our enemy. Now that we've had the ultimate luxury of our extended stay here time is on our side and luckily the excuses have run out. This is a car trip as the village sits ... read more
Entrance Portal
Grande Fountain
View of the Alps

Raining and doubtful whether to head into the hills... 10.30am and plan A&B were devised...tram to Massina & walk to Albert Ier to catch the 400 bus. So far so good. Once on the bus and made the many many stops along the promenade towards the Var valley it really started to we get off & go to plan B or carry on. Stuck with it and by the time we got inland most of the rain had settled to a mild drizzle. A heavily overcast day (not much good for photography) we decided to get off the bus on an earlier stop to get a view of the hilltop village from a distance. Walked up the hill to the village where a few bus tour groups were just arriving. This is an amazing working ... read more
Blue shutters
St Paul De Vence

Bus number 400 from Nice to St Paul de Vence took one hour and the journey was well worth the effort. The village sits in magnificent splendour, perched on a hill top with walled ramparts. This ancient village with its old stone walls and red pantile roofs is very attractive. We walked around the exterior of the 16th century ramparts with fantastic views of the surrounding hills and countryside. We made our way back through the walls and into the narrow cobbled streets of the village. There were many galleries and art studios. The Chappelle des Penitents Blancs and the nearby museum were interesting places to visit. Folon a Belgian artist had decorated the 17th Century chapel with an outstanding 106m2 mural mosaic and there were also stained glass windows and sculptures. The pieces forming the ... read more
countryside view
view from st Paul de Vence
Walking the ramparts

This piece of living history, perched 600 ft up on a hill between Nice and the nearby town of Vence, is an absolute “must” for anyone visiting the Côte d’Azur. It is authentic, unspoiled, and so incredibly picturesque that today its 400 residents receive 2 ½ million visitors per year. It is not a “tourist trap”, however ! I was fortunate to be able to visit it twice. Starting in the 1100s, a tiny existing settlement was gradually fortified, and the surrounding ramparts were added in the mid-1500s. When King François I visited, Saint Paul became a “Royal City” and thenceforth could only be entered through a well-defended “Royal Gate”. By 1850 its “Grande Fontaine” had become the symbol of the village, and many consider it the most photogenic fountain in all of France. It is ... read more
approaching the mediaeval walled perched village of St Paul de Vence
cafe near the entrance to the walled village
The Royal Gate entrance was originally reserved for the King.

Today we went for a tiki tour into the hills behind Nice and Cannes to see a beautiful old walled city - Saint-Paul-de-Vence. It is way up the cliffs, full of amazing art galleries and sculptures etc. Foot traffic only. Amazing sites at every turn, narrow cobbled streets with buildings of rock and stone. Another day of incredible sites.... read more

The next day was Cannes, a gorgeous seaside city, which has a lot to offer vicitors besides the yearly Film Festival. The beaches are pristine sand, unlike most of the Cote d'Azur. We tendered in and out of this port, and of my entire cruise, it was the only time there was a wait to board the ship. It was only abour 30 minutes wait, and at the end of the line we were offered cold lemonade or water, there were nice, clean portable restrooms about halfway through, and they had boarding the tender very well organized. This is where I opted for the Grasse & St.Paul de Vence tour, another hill town, but very different that in Italy, with much narrower streets, and mosaic patterns all the way up the hill. In Grasse we went ... read more
Fraccionar factory in Grasse
Beautiful St. Paul de Vence
Beauty around every corner

We woke early, had breakfast delivered early, and met on deck 4 by the theater at 9:15. Cannes is a tender port so we had to get on the tender to get on shore. Andrew and Erika had gotten downstairs to get the tender tickets and Julie was already in line. She said, “I was told I was getting the tender tickets.” We need to have a dinner summit of what the next day’s plan is going to be. Getting all of the troops rounded up was a predictable problem. One thing about that Erika—she is a timely thing. You tell her 9:15, she’s there at 9:14:30 just to be safe, with Andrew in tow, which is the real miracle of all. We were relatively on time but a few of the twenty-somethings had a hard ... read more

SInt-Paul-de-Vence and Gourdon, France... read more

Pictures from St. Paul de Vence ...A real highlight of our trip!... read more
July 12 - St. Paul de Vence, France

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