Monday, July 29, 2013

Saint Paul de Vence

A distant view of Saint Paul de Vence
The other day we visited the historical hill-top town of Saint Paul de Vence. It's an annual pilgrimage for us and seeing as its just a five minute drive, one that we make easily and readily. We always go for the ice-cream, although it's a joy to simply stroll through the narrow pedestrian streets which offer a mild reprieve from the oppressive heat. Admittedly, Saint Paul is riddled with tourists, which can be a bit much at times, but the history and beauty of the place more than makes up for any inconvenience. Entering the town on foot, you walk through a passage that dates back to the fourteenth century. I was trying to impress this titbit on my boys, but they only had eyes for an old canon gracing the entrance. So much for history lessons!

Anyway, here are a few pictures I took, which might entice you to make the journey, if you haven't already. It's interesting to note that Saint Paul is also the home of the famous hotel-restaurant La Colombe d'Or, which houses an impressive collection of modern art, including Fernand L├ęger and Chagall.

The entrance to the walled town

Even the street signs are charming!