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Saint-Paul de Vence

Published on April 24, 2015 by Ralph and Karen

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Saint-Paul de Vence. Photo: David Van Der Mark.

Saint-Paul de Vence, a hilltop town about a 30-minute drive from Nice, is a unique place where a storied medieval history meets today’s rich and famous jet-setters.

It also provides a wealth of photo ops: 11th century architecture (like the old church of Saint Michel du Puy), narrow, boutique-lined streets, and, on a clear day a spectacular vantage point for the Mediterranean to the south and the Alps to the north.

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Fortified walls of Saint-Paul de Vence. Photo: Winniepix.

Because of its strategic position, fortified walls – built in the 14th century for protection against artillery fire – encircle the city.

If you think you might visit Saint-Paul de Vence, make an advanced reservation at La Colombe d’Or, a hotel/restaurant/art gallery with a fascinating backstory:

In the 1920s artists like Bonnard, Modigliana, Soutine and Signac, used to gather at the restaurant, paying for their meals and rooms in paintings and sculptures. This was a grand investment for the owners, who assembled a priceless collection of art, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Miro and Braque.

Meet The Author
Hello! We are Ralph and Karen, an Anglo-American couple who fell in love with Paris and France over 20 years ago. Work-related trips brought us here, but we kept coming back for holidays, then extended visits, and then… In 2005, we decided nothing was stopping us from buying a place of our own in Paris. Lots of research, learning, and many kilometers of sneaker-rubber later, we put our house in the United States on the market. It sold in 10 days, and we found our apartment in Montmartre two months later. After a massive, year-long renovation project and its many challenges, we hit our biggest bump yet. As it turned out, we had to stay based in the US after all. Our lovingly remodeled apartment in Paris became a place where we returned only for short visits. In 2008, we started renting to guests—travelers like we once were (we always preferred apartments over expensive, cramped hotels). And the rest, as they say, is history. Le Trésor de Montmartre has proved quite popular, to the extent that we have trouble finding a break in the booking calendar to stay there ourselves! In the midst of this, we found Nice. After several holidays in and around Nice, we thought, why not buy a pied-à-terre in the area? Despite the challenges involved in renovating from afar—which we knew very well at that point—we jumped in again in late 2010. After another renovation, another year, and hundreds more gray hairs between us, we added Le Trésor de Nice to our rental portfolio. A year so so later we picked up 3 other apartment to manage. We hope you find the properties inviting, and hope even more that you will come see them for yourselves! Please get in touch with questions, or to book your stay at one of our apartments. We’d be happy to share our insider knowledge of these places we love so much.
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