Thursday, April 13, 2017

a charming town in France

If you took a survey asking people where they would most like to visit in Europe, the majority would say France, particularly Paris. And I was the same way, until I was actually there that is. While I have fond memories of Paris....climbing the stairs of the Eiffel Tower, visiting Mona Lisa at the Louvre, touring Versailles, I decided Paris and France in general were not for me.
st paul du vance
The people and my interactions there made me never want to step foot into France again. So when my Europe trip with my sister rolled around, I was not exactly happy that our itinerary included several stops through France. But when we visited the charming little town of St. Paul du Vance, this place has completely changed my mind. France is redeemed in my eyes and I can now completely understand why it is the most visited country in Europe.
st paul du vance
the gorgeous town on a hilltop coming into view in the early morning light 
 Kicking off the day with a breakfast of apple pie and espresso, 2 things the French do well!

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 can't get enough of these ivy covered buildings 
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 how cute is their police station with it's ming green shutters and door? 
 and the pharmacy? 
lots of cute French shops selling lavender and wine 
I can't explain the magic of this place. It's just a cozy simple town, but is so well known for it's architecture and art scene. St Paul du Vance is exactly what I picture when I think of a European escape. And it has completely changed my outlook on France. Can't wait to make it back over the pond again, only this time I will be looking forward to stopping through France.   


  1. I felt the same way about Paris...I'm glad I went and saw the sites, but it was more about checking off an item on the bucket list. When we visited Normandy, with all its WWII history, I fell in love with France. It's another region you should definitely visit, if you haven't already!

  2. No, I've never been to Normandy, but would love to explore all the history there and am much more interested in visiting more spots in France now