My love for France has grown over the years. Like an ever-adapting and changing relationship, it grows in memories and through small fragmented moments that have both swept me away and enlightened my soul. Paris stole my heart from our first meeting years ago. But knowing that there is so much more of France that my two eyes have not seen or my two feet have left unexplored has left me eager to know some of the more underrated parts of France. While on board the Azamara Journey, sailing up the coast of Cannes, I decided to opt for a day trip inland to the town of Saint-Paul de Vence to get my French countryside fix.
Located just north of Nice is the 9th century medieval town of Saint-Paul de Vence, an absolute gem with tons of charm and character. Slightly unknown and untouched by the masses of tourists, this town enamored me. Blooming flowers, cobblestoned alleyways… it’s all lush and romantic in Saint-Paul de Vence. Perfect for a gal already passionately in love with France.
You can’t visit the South of France and not enjoy a glass of rosé, which comes from the nearby region of Provence. It’s quintessentially French. I happily sipped my pink bubbly overlooking this small town.
Set way up on a magnificent hilltop, the views from this town are awe-inspiring. The rolling French countryside below envelops hills and fields in ways that will boggle your mind.
Much of the town is made up of high walls and narrow alleyways, but there’s nothing intimidating about this walled town. It’s incredibly charming and romantic. It’s quite the place to find yourself a bit lost in.
Strolling through the streets, you can’t help but experience an incredible sense of calm with the beautiful aromas and warm color palette. Like a scene from a fairytale, every flower was in bloom in full color.
And if you end up falling in love with this town and plan to come back, it’s quite affordable with room rates start from $80 in small local hotels. One of the best in the town is La Colombe D’Or, a restaurant (and hotel).
I’ll now leave you with these photos that speak for themselves:
I was invited as guest by Azamara Club Cruises. As always, all opinions are my own.