If you are visiting St. Paul de Vence (and you should), take the time to climb the hill and visit the Maeght Foundation. Even if you don't like modern art, this is a marvlous place to visit. The building is a work of art and the grounds are covered with all sorts of fountains and sculptures.
The permanent collection is excellent, but they often have visiting collections and one may be just what you are looking for.
On a beautiful day, it is tremendous fun to wander the grounds, visit the chapel, enjoy the fountains and the fabulous views. There is a cafe that is open except on Mondays. Otherwise, the Maeght is open every day of the year so a good place to go on those days other museums are closed.
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Open every day, without exception:
October-March: 10 am -1 pm / 2 pm - 6 pm
April-June: 10 am - 6 pm
July-September: 10 am - 7 pm
I tried doing a St. Paul de Vence Travel Page but it doesn't exist on Virtual Tourist and virtually all of the Travel Pages are mistakenly listed under St. Paul sur Ubaye up in the Alps. You only discover this if you click on the VT map so perhaps it's a good idea to avoid it and use Google maps instead.
At any rate, I would consider St. Paul de Vence to be the destination from Nice and Vence to be Off the Beaten Path but circumstances preclude my treating it that way. If you are in either Nice or Vence, St. Paul de Vence (or St. Paul) is the perfect day trip. It's a lovely cobblestone perched village filled with fun shops and pleasant restaurants. Views from the village are spectacular.
You can drive and there is lots of free parking just downhill from the Maeght Foundation. From there it's a short walk to St. Paul old town where you can have a drink while you watch numerous games of petanque, attend the local market or simply walk through the gate into Old Town and enjoy stepping back in time.
At the Rond Point of Vence, near the bus terminus, visitors to Vence will be greeted by this striking large urban sculpture. Its definitely a bird, though I have yet to figure what its connection is to Vence. May be it was intended for somewhere else, or the local council picked it up going cheap on EBay, who knows
Take a turn off the Place Godeau and find yourself in this special courtyard. With a passageway built for one, gentle curved steps, and blooming geraniums, this haven will warm your heart.