Saint-Paul-de-Vence, The French Rivieria

My final stop was Saint-Paul-de-Vence which is one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera with cobblestones and narrow roadways. It is well-known for its art museums and galleries. You will find the works of Picasso, Chagall and Matisse around town. Artists would hang out, eat and drink and pay in art.

Perched on top of a verdant hill 15 minutes from the sea, the medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence enjoys an exceptional panoramic view that stretches from the coast to the pre-alpine mountains.

The town has a population of 3,548 but only 300 people reside in the village itself. The others live in the houses and luxurious villas scattered throughout the valley and on the heights.

One of the renowned novelist, James Baldwin, lived in Saint Paul until his death in 1970. Baldwin wrote “Remember This House”, which was recently adapted for cinema as the documentary film “I Am Not Your Negro”. Actors Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Josephine Baker, Nina Simone, and many others would visit him.

So let’s explore and see the beauty of this village.

Whew! I am beat! It was a long full day and I was able to get a taste of the French Rivieria.

I hope you enjoyed visiting the French Rivieria with me.

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