St Paul-de-Vence is one of the most famous hilltop villages in the Nice hinterland. ” It was once a French frontier post facing Savoy. Its 16th century ramparts offer views over a landscape of cypress trees, and red-roofed villas with palm trees and swimming pools. The winding streets and medieval buildings are authentic. It has proved a magnet for artists, both established and aspiring throughout the 20th century. Today galleries and studios dominate the village.” (quote-Eyewitness Travel-France)
The bus park is quite a distance from the village – this photo above is taken from a short disance from the bus park – we had to go on foot on pavements lined with colourful Oleanders ..
Before entering the village enclosed with ramparts there is a beautiful guest house and restaurant – Auberge de la Colombe d’Or (Golden Dove) – which caught my eye for a photo or two ..
It was popular for artists and writers who flocked to the Riviera in the 1920’s. Picasso was an earlier patron along with other famous artists, who often paid for their rooms and meals with paintings, resulting in the priceless collections that can be seen by diners today. Celebrity visitors included Greta Garbo, Sophia Loren, Burt Lancaster and Catherine Deneuve. Artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) moved to St Paul-de-Vence in 1950 and is buried there
There is a Fernand Léger mural on the terrace, a Braque dove by the pool, a Picasso and a Matisse in the dining room – how I would love to have had a peek 🙂