It’s been a few years since we’ve visited this special town, and let me tell you, it’s charms are not a secret anymore! The ancient, winding, roads were quite busy on this hot summer day.
Crowded as it may have been, this artistically fertile village is well worth a visit (but, it may be more pleasant during the shoulder season!). The crowds are more of an issue during the day, by late afternoon/ early evening, most have moved on.
I must say, even with the crowds, we had a splendid visit. With the art, shops and history in the village, the beauty of the surrounding area, and the chance to experience this quality of life, I really cannot complain. The exceptional light of the area is captivating. I can see why so many famous artists, painters, writers and poets, many of whom lived in and around the village, have found this area to be so inspiring.
In addition to hotels, there are many apartments available for rent in and around the village. Oh, how I’d love to spend a month in a village like this to work on my French and truly master their detente et art de vivre (relaxation and the art of living)! To learn more about accommodations, click on St. Paul de Vence.
Only pedestrians are allowed on the maze of streets inside the ramparts, which are so narrow, only a Smartcar would be able to make it through. Most of the roads are made of old cobblestones, some are decorated with beautiful mosaics of smooth stones.
One can look over the walls to see the vineyards which encircle the walls. Inside, we felt compelled to walk along the ramparts and up through the village.
Up the hill, this grand fountain is the centerpiece of the village, it dates back to 1850.
Above the fountain is the tower, the highest point of the village. Near the tower are some of the older buildings, including the dungeon (13 c) and the Chapell Falon (17 c).
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, market stalls can be found on place du Jeu de Boules.