St. Paul de Vence, Côte d’Azur, France

Saint-Paul de Vence entry gate and cannon, Alpes-Maritimes, South of France

St. Paul de Vence entry gate, Côte d’Azur, France.

Saint-Paul is another affluent, tourist-friendly hilltop town near Nice in France’s Alpes-Maritimes department, with substantial walls, labyrinthine pedestrian paths, an upper-crust art speciality visible in any number of pricey art galleries, quirky artefacts, hordes of visitors in season and a mass of celebrity inhabitants both old and new, ranging from Yves Montand (French actor), Marc Chagall (Russian-French artist), Bernard Henri-Levi (French philosopher) and James Baldwin (American writer).

The BugCrew saw Jack Nicholson there (looking decidedly porky and unravelled), though he was probably just visiting.

Saint-Paul de Vence terrace, Alpes-Maritimes, South of France

A terraced area outside Saint-Paul town walls.

If you’re driving to St. Paul de Vence from the A8 autoroute follow signs to Saint-Paul, or Saint-Paul de Vence, but NOT to Vence which is another town.

Saint-Paul de Vence town wall, Alpes-Maritimes, South of France

The town walls and walk.

Saint-Paul de Vence statue, France

A typical, well-preserved street in St. Paul de Vence’s centre, lined with art galleries; more than 20 in this small town.

Saint-Paul de Vence, street and art gallery, Cote d'Azur, France

More galleries, scarily without prices on display, and we all know what that means.

Saint-Paul de Vence, quirky carving, Cote d'Azur, France

One of many unique and quirky features.

St. Paul de Vence coloured postbox

Hand-painted post boxes, c’ est la vie a St. Paul de Vence.

Saint-Paul de Vence, fine medieval house and ancient vine, Cote d'Azur, France

Notice the ancient vine wrapping around the window bars.

Saint-Paul de Vence flower pot, Cote d'Azur, France

A splendid half-evolved flower-pot. Next, nearby Nice Pictures.

Getting to Saint-Paul de Vence

– The nearest large town is Nice, airport too; it’s one hour by bus #400. By car take the A8 to exit 47.
– The nearest train station is at Cagnes-sur-Mer, the next town to Nice.
– Other popular Côte d’Azur destinations within 40 kms are Gourdon, Mougins, Cannes, Antibes, Eze, Monaco.