Amidst the rather “famous” cities in Southern France such as Cannes and Nice, there lies several captivating small villages that are really worth going. They might all look kind of similar at first glance, but to actually be there you can feel the subtle differences amongst the lay out of the village, the pavements, the twists and turns between the alleys.
Saint Paul de Vence
Traveling back to Medieval Ages, the entire village was erected back in the 14th-15th century but amongst the old fortress and cottages, the place was painted with a modernistic aura.
Right above the tourism office is a free art gallery. (With random black and white rocks that I have no clue about…)
Although art is not my thing, it really added a special coating to the entire village. Art galleries of different themes and styles were on every corner, each with a beautifully crafted sign hanging from the top.
Then there were always random art pieces, sculptures just lying all over the village, blending in. (Or standing out) Art is inextricably linked to the village, not a single piece can be left out.
It was as if I were in the Middle Earth of Lord of the Rings.
I know.. photos overload, but it was just hard to describe with words! See for yourself 🙂
Have a nice day! More on other villages tomorrow.
Now heading towards Monaco/Italy, there lies an even smaller village all the way up the top of a mountain – Eze. It is famous for even Nietzsche found the truth of life while hiking up the hill top. Of course I just took the bus up for I am no philosopher… I thought I could just go to one of the two and I would have seen it all, but the truth is, the view up Eze is very different.
From the top you can have a gorgeous view of the ocean (the weather was not perfect unfortunately…) and on one side you see the old clock tower.
Eze feels even older, and less touristic. There were so few stores (or perhaps it’s off season) and the style is slightly more reserved.
There were also metal giraffes in a hotel! (I love giraffes for reasons that I am not quite sure of) It’s like how I felt towards stars and chocolates and all other adorable things.