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St Paul de Vence

  • By SilverTraveller Jenjens

    99 reviews

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  • Sep 2012
  • Husband

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If you are staying in the Cote d’Azur or surrounding area I would recommend going to St Paul de Vence, particularly if you are of an artistic bent. This pretty little town in the French countryside is definitely worth a visit. It is easily accessible by bus from the town of Cagnes , and is close to Vence where D. H. Lawrence died. The ex Rolling Stone Bill Wyman apparently owns a house in St Paul – and I can understand why; but I can only dream …….



The town itself consists mainly of picturesque winding alleys with an abundance of art galleries and shops, many of which sell paintings and handmade goods. There are a number of restaurants and cafes, including the famous Colombe d’Or which is a haunt of the rich and famous, opposite which is the Cafe de la Place where one can sit and pass the time watching a game of boules whilst eating and drinking very reasonably priced and delicious food with a carafe of excellent wine, as we did.



Nearby is the Fragonard shop which sells reasonably priced perfumes and souvenirs, and in the hills a short walk from the centre is the Fondation Maeght which houses many works of modern art including works by Chagall, Miro and Braque amongst others.



If I am fortunate to return to the South of France one day I will definitely go back to St Paul de Vence for another stroll round the peaceful alleyways and perhaps I might even save up to eat at La Colombe d’Or!

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