Saint-Paul de Vence

View of Saint-Paul de Vence from the parking at the village entrance

View of Saint-Paul de Vence from the parking at the village entrance

Saint-Paul de Vence is one of the best known villages in this area, and consequently one of the most touristy ones. It's pretty much impossible to find a day in the year when one can leisurely walk through the narrow streets of Saint-Paul de Vence without bumping into tourists, either individuals or members of tour groups. In addition to its unquestionably picturesque qualities, the list of celebrities who have spent a part of their life here contributes to the fascination: James Baldwin, Marc Chagall, Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, as well as many others. For more information on Saint-Paul de Vence, you can check out its own web site.

The original Saint-Paul de Vence page was one of the first ones we published on our site, and that was over 15 years ago! High time, then, for an update. The photos on this page were all taken on May 30, 2014. We hope you enjoy the visit!

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The 'boulodrome' by the village entrance The 'Café de la place'

The boulodrome by the village entrance
The Café de la place


The terrace is starting to fill up... ..whereas it's still a little early for the 'Colombe d'Or'.

The terrace is starting to fill up...

...whereas it's still a little early for the Colombe d'Or.

The Colombe d'Or was a favorite place of many artists, such as Matisse, Braque, Léger, Calder, and others,
all of whom have works that can be admired on the premises. Perusing the guest book alone is worth a visit!


Cat sculpture by Giuliano Mancini Looking up at the village walls

Cat sculpture by Giuliano Mancini

Looking up at the village walls


The entrance to the village is to the left Entering through the 'Porte de Vence' The 'Rue Grande' (really!)

The entrance to the village is to the left

Entering through the Porte de Vence

The Rue Grande (really!)


Someone is definitely fond of plants! By the 'Place du Tilleul'

Someone is definitely fond of plants!

By the Place du Tilleul


The watch dog is taking a break Side street Front door

The watch dog is taking a break

Side street

Front door


'Place de la Mairie' Inside the 'Église Collégiale'

Place de la Mairie

Inside the Église Collégiale


Stained glass window 'Chapelle des pénitents blancs' Entrance to the 'Mairie' Side street

Stained glass window

Chapelle des pénitents blancs

Entrance to the Mairie

Side street


"Behind-the-church Street" Off the 'Rue Grande' Descente de la Castre

"Behind-the-church Street"

Off the Rue Grande

Descente de la Castre


A Windstar cruise group admiring the... ...'Place de la Grande Fontaine', located ...

A Windstar cruise group admiring the...

...Place de la Grande Fontaine, located...


...at the very heart of the village. On the 'Courtine Saint-Michel'

...at the very heart of the village.

On the Courtine Saint-Michel


At the southernmost edge... ...of the old village.

At the southernmost edge...

...of the old village.


The cemetery Looking north along the ramparts of the village

The cemetery

Looking north along the ramparts of the village


Entering the 'Rue Grande' from the south Side street Photo op

Entering the Rue Grande from the south

Side street

Photo op


On the 'Rue Grande' Water that's safe to drink Side street

On the Rue Grande

Water that's safe to drink

Side street


Most stores cater to tourists by selling local products Back at the north end of the village

Most stores cater to tourists by selling local products

Back at the north end of the village


Looking down onto the 'boulodrome' The view to the northeast

Looking down onto the boulodrome

The view to the northeast


Along the eastern village wall 'Rue de la prison'

Along the eastern village wall

Rue de la prison


Looking back to the village The Saint-Paul de Vence bus stop and the 'Chapelle Sainte Claire'

Looking back to the village

The Saint-Paul de Vence bus stop and the Chapelle Sainte Claire


Do you miss our old Saint-Paul de Vence page? You can still take a look at it here.
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