Photo Diary: Saint-Paul de Vence, France

Photo Diary: Saint-Paul de Vence, France

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I had three hours to myself. I wasn’t interested in navigating solo through Nice but instead wanted to get a taste for the peaceful Provencial countryside. While the French Riviera lies within the historical region of Provence, the towns along the coast have other ideas of beauty – and they certainly attain it. I didn’t quite have time to see the famed rows of lavender but learned of a beautiful, medieval town not far from Nice’s airport, Saint-Paul de Vence. After twenty minutes of driving winding backroads and I arrived at a very petite parking garage. After finagling the SUV the girls and I had rented into a uncomfortably narrow spot, I made my way into town. It was a warm mid-June day, slightly overcast and incredibly windy. Saint-Paul de Vence is popular with tourists but not overly-so. There was room to breath. Seated on a hilltop, the town is made up of nothing else but a spaghetti route of narrow alleys, nodding to it’s medieval past. As I got my bearings, I passed one art gallery after another, and was reminded of La Jolla (California) plus a heap of history, flowers and cobbled stone.

As is the case with the rest of my photo diaries (like in RomeCannes & Santorini), my time in town was uneventful. I had coffee, window shopped and people watched. Mostly though, I took pictures. You could chalk up “taking a photo walk through a beautiful village” as one of my absolute favorite things to do.

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Have a great weekend, friends!


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  • Beautiful! Wandering around beautiful places taking pictures is also one of my favorite things to do 🙂

    • yay, we’re definitely one in the same then! 😀 For me it’s the bessst way to spend a day of travel!

  • Yes!! I LOVE Saint Paul de Vence!! I spent my birthday there two years ago and it was the most incredible birthday ever – we went wine tasting at one of the local vineyards and spent most of the day photographing and perusing through the alleys before going to Grasse. It is such an incredibly photogenic village, isn’t it?? Gosh I could just live there and photograph all day. It makes me so excited looking through your photos. So glad you got to experience it’s beauty 🙂

    • oh wow! that sounds like an incredible day! I just celebrated my 30th a few weeks ago and also went to a vineyard… but here in VA! It was a fun day but if I could thrown in a french vineyard and Saint Paul de Vence I’m pretty sure it could never be topped!!

  • Wow, this place is so charming! It’s like a little fairy tale town <3 I love all the stone buildings and streets!

    http://www.deasynoel.com

    • I totally agree, Saint Paul de Vence would make a great shooting location for a rom com/love story with matthew mccanughey wouldn’t it?! 😀

      • Well, alriiiight ;D haha, jk. But you’re right!!

  • How beautiful!

  • Those cobblestone streets are everything that is right with the world.

    • ha! AMEN. Europe in a nutshell: cobblestones of Saint Peter de Vence. The slogan should be: “If you don’t love them then there’s something wrong with you.”

  • Oh… wow. I think I’m in love! What a great place to stop in on your own– I could have wandered those cobblestone streets forever!

    • seriously! I feel like only in europe can you stop in a town (near a major airport, mind you!) and spend a few hours totally in bliss! so beautiful!

  • This place looks absolutely amazing! It kind of reminds me a little of a mix between England, France and Italy haha! I don’t know how you’d actually be able to go there and not just casually take photos – that’s my absolute favourite thing to do too!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • agreed! even when I’m old and gray without a blog I’m sure I’ll still HAVE to stop and take pictures in places like these! at that point I’m sure they’ll have like virtual scrapbooks or something that’ll I’ll want to fill. ha

  • Adorable! I love little hillside towns, the view is beautiful and it looks so charming <3

  • That car and those flowers! Holy cow so pretty! <3 Love your photos!

  • Gorgeous pictures dear! Those buildings and little streets, I just love European towns:)

  • What a charming looking little place!

  • nice photos! it’s one of my fav towns at French Riviera:)

  • MissLilly

    such a charming and beautiful place!!! Love the photos too

  • so beautiful.. Europe has a charm like no other

    • I hear ya! Sure this village is popular but it’s not like it’s the main tourist site in the region. If someone were to throw St. Paul de Vence into Virginia I swear it’d be the next disneyworld!

  • I love your photos! I’ve never been anywhere in France other than Paris. I want to go see some smaller towns next time.

    • yeah! right there with ya! I love Paris but have found that even the smallest villages can be just as breathtaking!

  • The slow pace

    Gorgeous pics!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • Beautiful pictures! I can’t wait to go to the South of France!