Remember when I told you about Jaisalmer, the fort in Rajasthan made of mud and sand? Well, last week we were in the south of France and on one of our road trips we came across Saint Paul de Vence, a little village that – from a distance – looks a bit like Jaisalmer. Ok, instead of the sand colored stone, the desert backdrop and colorful saris hanging to dry in the hot dry wind, this French version is surrounded by fresh green palm trees, medieval houses painted orange and a turquoise sea somewhere in the distance, its giant waves flickering in the mediterranean sun. Ok, not really similar, but with your eyes almost closed you can imagine my idea.
Anyway, Saint Paul de Vence is a cute little village famous for its galleries (one of my favorite artists, Marc Chagall, once lived here!). It’s easy to spend you day here walking through the narrow cobbled streets, having a croissant-picnic on the village wall (you can even follow a path on top of it around the village) and drinking wine in one of the terraced restaurants overlooking the countryside. Make sure to visit on a crispy but sunny winter day in January like we did. During the peak season the streets are crowded and his place becomes a main attraction for tourists.