Exploring the Villages

IMG_1285Yesterday I explored three of the most beautiful medieval villages close to the Riviera in the Alpes-Maritimes region; Saint-Paul de Vence, Gourdon and Valbonne, all set in the mountains above the Riviera.

Each village has a spectacular view and it was perfect weather to explore, cold and crisp with almost no other visitors. I can imagine that in summer tourists plough shoulder-to-shoulder down the tiny lane ways.

Looking at these locations, I’m always trying to picture them back in the 1950s which was such an interesting time creatively for this region. For example, back then, Marc Chagall would have lived in Saint-Paul de Vance where he would have enjoyed regular visits from Picasso.

These days mainly it’s cashed up expats and rock stars who can afford to live in these quaint villages without the complication of having to work.


2 thoughts on “Exploring the Villages

  1. You are seeing these villages now as they were in the late 50’s as I remember Europe. I left Belgium at 10p.m. at night bound for Denmark and also worried if I were on the right train. Doubly worried as I was travelling alone with about 8 years schoolgirl French and English as my companions;;;;both pretty useless and I found sign language and a smile my only aids. However, what memories you will have when you reach my age, and such a boost in self esteem when you remember you actually survived. Enjoy ! f.f.


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