Wednesday, May 16, 2012

St. Paul de Vence - Day 10

It was another wet morning the next day, the bane of all travellers. What's more, this is in supposedly sunny Riviera. After our breakfast at the hotel we set off for our (optional) visit to the medieval hill village of St. Paul de Vence. The rain gives the view along the way a misty and mystic look.

After parking the bus, we made our way to the village on foot.

Looks like most of the tourists are well prepared for the wet weather.

The road was rather slippery because of the rain and the slope and it is a good thing that the road is paved with decorative stone pattens to provide better grip.

We took shelter from the rain in the Collegiate Church that is well-decorated with many paintings and ornaments.

And some colourful stained glass pieces.

Outside, there are many shops in beautiful setting.

There are numerous studios and galleries selling all types of arts

and crafts.

There are signpost leading to the urn-shaped Grande Fountain in one of the squares.

You can also walk along the ramparts around the village or visit the small cemetery that looks mysterious in the rain.

Just wandering around the narrow winding streets among the medieval buildings is very soothing for the eyes and the soul. No wonder so many artists and tourists visit this place.

There is a cafe just outside the village wall where we sipped coffee and watched the world go round before we made our way back to our bus.

After the hill visit, we were dropped off at the sea front of Cannes for our lunch and free time to explore the resort. And finally we saw the sun!

Ronald Kwok


  1. Thanks Ronald for the wonderful write-up.

    Really enjoyed your fun and informative descriptions and the beautiful photos you posted.