St. Paul de Vence, France

Saint Paul de Vence Travel Blog

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From afar.
The ship stopped at the world famous port of Cannes, where the famous film festival takes place. But first we would be visiting St. Paul de Vence, a very picturesque, medieval town perched atop a hill in southern France. While on the way to the town, we drove through Cannes, seeing the famous hotels that line its beaches. Later on, when we entered the countryside, we started to see vineyards and fields full of beautiful sunflowers. It was truly an amazing sight just driving there. When we arrived, we had to walk towards the town, as it was perched atop a hill, and had tiny streets. This town is very special, as it still carries its medieval style and architecture. What I mean by style is that the streets were very narrow, and the buildings made of beautiful stone.
Narrow street.
The church sat at the center of it all, and there were many quaint fountains throughout the small town. As with many medieval towns, the cemetery was right outside the walls. Inside the town there were many little shops, selling from bead necklaces to French flags and beyond! One small shop that caught by attention was one that sold old posters of different famous icons back then (like the Beatles). It was located on a very narrow, ascending street. I liked how the church seemed to top the entire town like a cherry on a pie. We entered the relatively small church, and saw the quaintness of it all. After I visited the church, I crossed the town until I saw this other, small fountain which had a sign on top that read "Eux potable", which means potable water in French. So, I tried it myself and was refreshed by its cool taste under the hot summer sun.
On one side of the town near the wall there was this imitation of Rodin's "The Thinker" sculpture. I took a picture of myself with the sculpture, trying to copy the deep, relaxed expression of it. After walking through the quaint streets of the town, I decided to buy myself a delicious chocolate crepe at one of the local venues. It was interesting how the person put the pancake-like mixture in this circular "pan". He used a roller to spread the mixture evenly in the pan, until it hardened to form the outside of the crepe. He then put the delicious chocolate inside, and wrapped it all up for me. I wandered off to heaven for a while when I tasted it, =D. After eating the awesome crepe, I said goodbye to St. Paul, an amazing medieval town. I would recommend this town to anyone planning a trip to southern France. It was truly magnificent!!
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From afar.
From afar.
Narrow street.
Narrow street.
One of the many fountains here in …
One of the many fountains here in…
More streets.
More streets.
Inside of the many shops here in S…
Inside of the many shops here in …
One of the narrow streets inside.
One of the narrow streets inside.
The town wall.
The town wall.
St, Paul de Vence from afar. Note …
St, Paul de Vence from afar. Note…
Nice, quaint scene right outside o…
Nice, quaint scene right outside …
Right outside the town walls.
Right outside the town walls.
One of the larger fountains in the…
One of the larger fountains in th…
Inside the church.
Inside the church.
The town cemetery.
The town cemetery.
Houses in the town.
Houses in the town.
The cemetery.
The cemetery.
Another fountain, but this time th…
Another fountain, but this time t…
The belltower from afar.
The belltower from afar.
A quaint sign along the street.
A quaint sign along the street.
Inside the church.
Inside the church.
St. George and the dragon on tinte…
St. George and the dragon on tint…
The churchs belltower.
The church's belltower.
Near the wall.
Near the wall.
Saint Paul de Vence
photo by: Vikram