This is an amazing modern art museum way up on top of a huge hill, but worth it once you get there. Lots of incredible Giacometti statues and other art amongst the grounds and galleries. We spent a good hour and a half there, even though it is not that big---lots to see though.
This small town has only two points for entrance or exit. So all city is like fortress. When you enter there you probably will reach long street along side of the town. This one of the best place for great panoramas and take a snapshot.
Because of popularity of painting there you can buy an artwork what you like. Painting - shops there are plenty so you can choose what is interesting for you. Of course there are available souvenir shops but Painting - shops there are in force. Almost every other shop is shop for various artworks.
I have to admit that I didn't visit this restaurant but I would like to do it. This restaurant is famous because of artworks of famous painters decorating walls of restaurant.
The thing is that time these painters instead of money for meal in restaurant gave their artworks. Manager of restaurant was provident and kept all these artworks and later when painters became popular all artworks get big value. So restaurant get all paintings for comparatively small price. If you like painting and have enough money (price there is more expensive than average) then visit this restaurant.
Walking aroung the walled city you can see why St. Paul is a favorite subject for artists. The streets are narrow and picturesque. They form a sort of maze mixed in with garfens, little shady squares, ancient fountains, gateways and porches, and wonderful windows and doorways.
Be sure to make time to visit some of the artists' and craft workshops and to go shopping in the provençal boutiques.
This little cemetery, located at the far end of the southern raparts, is protected by 100 year old cypress trees through which you can glimpse the sea. Many famous artists including Marc Chagall who lived in St. Paul were laid to rest in this cemetery.
One of Europe's finest modern art museums, the Fondation Maeght opened in 1964, based on the private collection of Cannes art dealers Aime and Marguerite Maeght. Their friendships with leading 20th century artists are reflected in the Cour Giacometti and the Labyrinthe de Miro, and works of Chagall, Braque, Legere, Soto, and Bernard, which are part of the architectural design of the museum, as well as the permanent sculptures on the grounds. Allow time to visit the bookstore, library, and cinema.
Begun in the 12th century, the rather simple exterior boasts some beautiful Baroque details inside, and a painting of St. Catherine of Alexandria, attributed to Tintoretto. The belltower dates to the 18th century.
Boules is a great spectator sport, and in the Place de Gaulle there is a large sand-pitch, with many players, showing off their skills. The Cafe de la Place is the best viewing area. It's a very fun game to watch, as each player has a specific stance and throw to get the best distance.
Boules is also called petanque, which is an amalgamation of "pieds tanques" - literally "feet together on the ground".
We had been in Vence earlier in the day, and this odd man in a poncho was serenading diners at the outdoor restaurant where we had lunch. We arrived in Saint-Paul, walked all over, then sat at the cafe for a glass of wine. And there was Poncho Man, playing boules with a group of men! Wish I had taken his picture....
The fortified walls of Saint-Paul were built in the 1540's, by Francois the First, and have remained nearly intact since. The views as you make your way around the village are stunning. There are several lookout areas to take in the surrounding countryside, one of them, the Place Neuve, is filled with olive trees, and you can climb up onto the ramparts.
One of the many sculptures by Joan Miro displayed in an outdoor setting.
This is the relationship between the outside world and the art gallery turned inside out. Sculptures in a natural setting rather than an art gallery.
The indoor gallery is full Ferdinand Leger, Braque and more Miro
This picturesque cemetery on the southwest corner of the village is the final resting place of many noted people, including Marc Chagall. A lovely vantage point, with views leading to the Mediterranean, it makes a nice spot to stop and contemplate.
Village of artists! So, Saint Paul de Vence is very famous in France for this reason. Matisse, Chagalle and other artists come here and spend lot of time paintings or just living in Saint Paul.
Today the village is very comfortable, clean, and maybe too touristic. But here you can find the magical "medieval" air, you can imagine to be a merchant in the past here to generate your profit or to spend some hours in a ancient inn. :)
The medieval village of Saint-Paul de Vence is now full of chic art galleries. After all, Matisse and Chargall spent long periods of time in this medieval village to get inspiration for their art.
Enjoy a walk around this authentic lil villages with cobblestone streets and nice views over the area