A short walk up a few stairs will take you to the Solarium Panoramic at the hotel Le Hameau, located just outside the walls of St. Paul de Vence.
The village of St. Paul de Vence is located at the base of the Alps, in the Alpes-Maritimes region. This section of France offers incredible views of the valleys and the Mediterranean Sea from the calm and cool setting of the hills.
I love staying in this section when visiting the south of France. Here, one can enjoy the best of both worlds. In the hills, you can become a part of the french village life, explore the historical towns, and enjoy the botany of the region while hiking the many spectacular trails. Or, for a little more action, drive down the hill to get into the glitzy, lively beach scene of the Côte d’Azur.
The Solarium Panoramic is a perfect place to perch and enjoy an overall view of this area. To make the experience even more sensual, the sitting area is located beneath the fragrant leaves of this mature grove of fig trees.
The fragrance of figs is clearly appreciated in this, and many other warm climates. Fig trees are often found outside bedroom and bathroom windows, or by a front door where the sun frequently shines. As the sun hits these historically famous leaves, the oils warm and release their scent to the surrounding area. It helps if the trees are planted near a wall where the sun can be absorbed and reflect onto the tree for added warmth.
To enjoy this fragrance indoors, even if you don’t have a place to plant a fig tree, try the lovely room fragrance Pico Verde, from Antica Farmacista. They have managed to capture the true fragrance of fig leaves in a bottle. Read about why we love the Antica Farmacista PicoVerde products by clicking on Is your Powder Room ready to Party?, and It’s Our Birthday and We’ll Give if We Want To.
Anyway, back to this fragrant platform at Le Hameau, from where one can look down towards the lower town of St. Paul de Vence and on to the Med;
or, up to see the ramparts of St. Paul de Vence;