Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Provence Day Two

Today I visited the charming ancient hilltop village of Saint Paul de Vence. The village is filled with art galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls and romantic archways. There are breathtaking views of mountains and the sea. Even the ground below is attractive, as the cobblestones are laid into the shapes of flowers.

The fortified village itself is a site, with its medieval fortress walls surrounding the city. The entrance was erected in the 1400s, and features a canon muzzle that was a trophy from the 1544 Battle of Cerisoles in Italy.

As I walked towards the south side of the village and climbed the steps, I discovered a gorgeous ancient cemetery, surrounding hills and mountains. In Saint Paul, you can see the snow-covered Alps to one side and the glistening Mediterranean Sea in the other direction.

I can’t help but wonder about the people who lived there thousands of years ago.

See today’s photos at: - select “Provence_2”

Bonne nuit!

1 comment:

Deb said...

I am really enjoying reading about your trip and check the blog site ever day to see what you're up to now. The pictures are beautiful.