Vence, marvel of Provence

Garden of Vence, marvel of Provence
(Nostradamus, 1503 – 1566)


The first stop of our short stay in the Riviera is the historic town of Vence.   It is a place that holds a special spot in our hearts as we used to live there and because of H’s annual visit to his medicin, we get the opportunity to walk back memory lane, such as today.

The road to Vence has a certain kind of magic especially in the winter when snow-capped mountains of the Alps form a postcard backdrop.

Vence’s neighbour,  St Paul de Vence, above has been listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France, and hence, a favorite destination among artists, movie stars and celebrities from around the world.


The medieval town of Vence

It is a city of art and a favorite haunt of artists and writers.  Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, D. H. Lawrence, to name a few.

This is the Mairie or Town Hall

Facade of the 11/12th century Notre Dame de la Nativité

The hills surrounding the town,
and in the foreground is a reproduction of the 1961 work
of Jean Dubuffet entitled, La Vue sur L’Adret.

The stone steps to Chapelle Pénitents Blancs

The “Holy Bible” in the front yard of the Chapelle Pénitents Blancs

A Baroque-style lintel

Just one of the residential buildings in the old town

Bye Vence…see you again next year!


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