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Weekend in St Paul De Vence

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This painting is a perfect way to represent the medieval village of  St. Paul De Vence. Located in the Alpes-Maritime area of the French Riviera, it is the oldest medieval village dating back from 1537 but it is also well known as the centre of modern and contemporary art in the region. As the painting shows the juxtaposition of an old medieval village portrayed here in a modern melange of colours. 

I am one of those people that love visiting medieval villages in Europe. These villages perches or perched villages rise like jagged summits on the hilltops, requires lots of walking around the village to explore it,  discovering little nooks and alleys to discover their way of life and learn about their stories. As we arrived in the village, we had to get off our car to enter the village, climbing narrow stairs and alleys to discover their beautiful stone houses, churches, lots of art galleries, art shops and of course, I discovered a store selling very stylish bags. There are many great restaurants in the area too, of course serving Provençal cuisine and my new favourite, Provençal  Rosé wine. The seafood in the region are so abundant and fresh. Then the french pastries and cakes are just so decadent. So every walking step in this medieval village was just worth it! 

It was very easy to get lost around this beautiful and artistic village. But who wouldn't mind getting lost here? I had fun discovering every corner in this medieval village. Every turn was a new discovery of works of art, as some famous artists like Miro, Marc Chagall and Picasso have visited this area. We also saw the grand view of the Alpes-Maritimes area. Then on a clear, sunny day, we were lucky to see the view of the Mediterranean Sea. For the first time in my life, I thought about how nice it would be to live here, in a small medieval  French village with driving distance to the Cote D' Azur. Ah, wishful thinking! 
St. Paul De Vence surrounded by high medieval walls and vineyards.

Here I am climbing narrow stairs and getting lost to discover this medieval village.




Restaurants and shops in the village.

A colourful shop of candies and biscuits, La Cure Gourmande.

A restaurant in this centuries old stone house and a modern art Sculpture titled Le Chat (The Cat) by Mancini, year 2000.

Modern art sculptures are scattered around the village.
Provencal houses and vineyards surrounding St. Paul De Vence. Beyond those mountains in the horizon is the Mediterranean Sea.


Works of Art



Art galleries are all over the village.



Here is an Art shop in a stone building. It was like going down a cave filled with art treasures.

Such lovely art, especially the painting of the Pugs in the middle.
For those who read the popular book, Fifty Shades of Grey, Christian and Anastasia visited St. Paul De Vence during their honeymoon to buy some art.

This is the entrance to the village. As we arrived, there were old French men playing boules in the sandy field in front of the restaurant. Across from this plaza is the well known and prestigious Hotel & Restaurant in the area, La Colombe D'Or. Visitors in this restaurant and in the village were famous artists like Miro, Marc Chagall, Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Greta Garbo, among others. Some of these artists have left their works of arts in lieu of payment for their lodging bills. Don't miss visiting St. Paul De Vence when in the French Riviera. It was truly an enchanting medieval village to visit.


Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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25 comments

  1. What a lovely place :D i love it 1!

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    A chic kiss ;)

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  2. wow, so beautiful.

    kisses,
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  3. Saint Paul is one of the most enchanting and magical little villages. Every year, we have dinner at Le Tilleul restaurant overlooking the hills of Saint Paul .... it's so beautiful. Growing up in Nice, I visited Saint Paul often with my parents .... now living in the US, I visit it with my children every year and they love it. Thank you for sharing your breathtaking photos ....
    Have a great weekend.
    x

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    1. That's so nice. I am glad you still come back with your children and that they enjoy it too.it really is a wonderful place to visit.

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  4. This pictures look beautiful! Cant wait to go :)
    Im now following you on GFC :)
    xoxo

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  5. I visited St Pul De Vence many many years ago. So wonderful. Thanks for taking me back. So cute to see a photo of you :-)
    Connie*

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  6. Thanks Connie. I am glad you enjoyed it. Once in a while I will add a photo of me so that people will know that I exist. :)

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  7. awesome....very nice indeed...

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  8. I love the photo of YOU climbing the stair to discover the village! I am the same..getting lost, sometime don't know where I am to discover fun things!!!!! Love your travel photos Pam..it always make me so happy:)

    xoxoxo..and take care:)

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  9. great post dear.I am already following and waiting 4 you,
    kisses,
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  10. Wow ,amazing Pictures! Great Post!

    kisses :)

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  11. What a beautiful and lovely place. I'd love to go there so much! Have a fabulous weekend!
    LA By Diana Live Magazine

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    1. Thanks for following me on Instagram. I followed you as well. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Have a great week ;)
      LA By Diana Live Magazine

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  12. Looks like you had a great time Pamela. The views look absolutely gorgeous. I love the way your handbag radar is always switched on:)

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    1. funny Paul that you mentioned my radar. It is like your radar too for noticing a blooming flower, plants or a sighting of a squirrel. :)

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  13. Hi Pamela! it must be a place to visit, looks so beautiful! As well as the art! Kisses dear! xoxo

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  14. great post honey,nice weekend you had!

    xx

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  15. Pam looks like an amazing place to visit, Never heard about that place before, really cute and those stoned floor are always my favourite I hope you had an stunning weekend.
    Kisses
    Laia

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  16. What an amazing place! Love that it is full of historical buildings.

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  17. These are great travel photos~ Love your blog ~

    -liv
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  18. Very nice!
    If you want we can follow each other, Join me on the site and I will come back to you!

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  19. I love those kind of villages too, they're so atmospheric and feel so full of mystery--especially when there's a bit of winetasting at the end of the road, haha! Looks like you had a lovely day!

    xo Mary Jo

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  20. Pam,
    Cute photo on the steps! I just love towns like this with winding stairs and paths. There is just so much to see in France!
    Kim

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Pamela lives in Toronto, Canada, currently working in Banking in the field of Credit and Finance. The Chic Delights blog has evolved into an on-line magazine about my experiences and inspirations on style, travel, people, lifestyle and current events. My features are not sponsored posts. The photographs and stories featured here are all from my own resources and experiences. [Pamela RG] (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-43Wqs-SmwEU/UggtnO60INI/AAAAAAAAQw0/HZa9oGRC8Bc/w200-h200-no/DSCN0550.jpg)