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  1. Wow what a wonderful place to visit. Your pictures are wonderful. Love the last picture and the capture of that basket handle wrapped around the tall jug on the windowsill.

    1. Thank you so much, Liz!! I love how you appreciate the tiniest details which are what really make the ordinary special… 🙂 Not that Saint-Paul is ordinary, but it’s just those kinds of details that really add to it’s character. Thanks for visiting and always taking the time to comment!!

  2. So beautiful. Looks just like a post card, how amazing you were able to view this in person.
    Have a beautiful French countryside day.

    Much love,
    Rose

    p.s. Love all the pretty flowers. Can’t wait to plant mine. Not till May.

    1. Thanks, Rose!! I dream of going back to this wonderful village all the time. But there’s so much else to see! I have a few more towns to share from this same trip and will do so in future posts… 🙂 I love flowers, too!!

  3. Lory,
    What a fun tour and what a great lil town…………So Beautiful……….
    We lived in Germany 40 yrs. ago and visited Paris……….there is just nothing like the european culture and architecture.
    I always loved those lil narrow streets, and love that they are never in a rush when they are eating and their is sort
    of a sweet formality to their meals…………
    Thanks for sharing your trip and all these lovely pictures, so enjoyed them. Loved that balcony with the blue shutters and all the plants, so neat. Just so much fun to see all the pretty terrain.

    Blessings, Nellie

    1. How lucky for you that you got to live in Europe for a while!! What a wonderful experience that must’ve been. Yes, I’m a huge Europhile and can’t get enough of travel there… 🙂 I’m so glad this post was appreciated. I had gotten away from posting about travel since my readers are mostly interested in decor, but it seems we all appreciate the travel that inspires our home decor, so I’m thinking I may get back to adding more travel posts into the mix.

  4. Merci de m’avoir fait profiter de ton beau voyage
    Les images de ton point de vue et tes mots
    apportent tant
    Encore merci
    Frieda

  5. Pat Crowder says:

    How beautiful. I could look at those pictures all day. Thanks for sharing.

  6. All of these pictures look like they are from a postcard! Such a pretty town, I find the little narrow streets in Europe so charming (but also scary if you’re driving them!). Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

    1. Thanks so much, Angelina! Yes, lovely and scary at the same time. But I’ll take the small village streets any day over the gorgeous but terrifying cliffside roads. Perhaps my next travel post will be of one of those way high up cliff towns that are stunning but oh-so-scary… 😉 Thanks for visiting!

  7. Beautiful post, full of lovely photos of France. The hilltop show cases so many wonderful old buildings. There is so much history. I never tire of looking at the photos. We spent two weeks in France. A barge trip down the Burgundy and then Paris.

    1. Ooooh, a barge trip! I’d love to do that!! And burgundy – my favorite wines are from the region, but I’ve never been. Hope to get there some time and I love the idea of a barge trip… 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me!!

  8. Lory,
    Seeing your photos of St. Paul de Vence makes me want to book a trip to France tonight! For years I traveled as a chaperone with high school students visiting France and got to see many small French villages, including St. Paul de Vence more than once. Your photos remind me of all the reasons we love France.

    Judith

    1. Oh, gosh, how lucky for you!! What a wonderful way to travel and see these gorgeous places through the eyes of teenagers… 🙂 Our kids were not with us on this trip, but we have taken them to Europe and it doubles the pleasure to see their reactions along with our own. I’m a firm believer in instilling the travel bug in your kids if you can, because it makes them so open to the world and its cultures. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. How gorgeous your trip was…getting lost in those narrow streets. Thanks so much for the tour, Sandi

  10. Dear Lory, this is a most beautiful post. Your photograph are sensational. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely hilltop village with us. Many of us would not know of it and what a shame that would be.

    1. My pleasure, Gina! How lovely to know that the post is appreciated… 🙂 It was such a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for stopping by!!

  11. BOBBI DUNCAN says:

    LOVED THE ARMCHAIR TRAVEL RESPITE–.BEAUTIFUL! THERE ARE SO MANY PLACES I HAVEN’T YET SEEN BUT, HOPEFULLY, WE’LL GET TO DO MORE LONG-RANGE TRAVELING WHEN OUR HOME REDO IS COMPLETED. THE PICTURES LOOK SO PROFESSIONAL, LORY.

    1. 🙂 It was a nice trip. I’d love to go back, but there are so many other lovely villages to see, as well! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. You’ve captured some beautiful pictures, Lory! I can see why France is close to your heart. These photos make me want to jump on a plane tomorrow 🙂

  13. Those flowers growing on the wall beside the charming door! Your photos are beautiful. Thank you for taking me around the world on a rainy morning.

    1. You’re most welcome and thank you for the kind words… 🙂 This trip was actually last year, so it was fun for me to re-live it too!

  14. Lory, this just couldn’t be any prettier. The village reminds me of a fairy tale because it’s so beautiful and clean. Where are the throngs of people? This trip must have been a dream come true.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. 🙂

    1. Ah, my pleasure, Stacey!! The throngs probably left by the time we got there. I have very peculiar timing… lol! We had actually intended to get there earlier, but it was a beautiful day so we stayed by the pool at our hotel for longer than expected. By the time we arrived, we were lucky to still catch a few shops open. It’s probably why the light in some of the photos is not so bright. It wasn’t cloudy… it was nearing evening! Lol… 🙂

  15. Wow! Such a beautiful place to visit, I wouldn’t want to come home! Such lovely architecture.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  16. I have added this to my “So you want to tour France” pinterest board. Your post was truly a joy to read and I hope that you will continue adding your ray of sunshine every week on Thoughts of Home on Thursdays.

  17. Hi lory – you had me dreaming of France so much! And you’ve been featured on Dishing It & Digging It this week!! Hope you’ll head over to check it out and link up what you’ve been up to lately.

  18. gorgeous! i am going to look through your other travel posts in case you have any tips/photos for my trip this summer to austria and germany. i was enchanted by etretat, in the normandy area of france, and another village called lyon a foret. all the shops were closed for the afternoon, but we were able to enjoy a delicious meal.
    b

    1. Thank you so much!! Unfortunately, I do not have a post on Austria or Germany. Vienna is way up on my list but have never been yet. I’ve been to several cities in Germany but never with my good camera, so I guess I’ll have to go back… 😉 I do have several posts from France and Italy and quite a few more coming in the near future, and if luck holds out, later in the year… maybe Greece! Thanks for stopping by!!

  19. Great pics Lory, thanks for sharing! I prefer the south-west myself but I will admit it’s pretty 🙂

  20. Your photos are amazing! I dream of visiting this village and hope to very soon!r

  21. Linda Caminada says:

    Hi Lory. I’m new to your blog. What wonderful pictures of Saint Paul. My sister and I were there last September. It was an extra excursion on our tour, and I had been there before but I wanted her to see it. It was also late afternoon. Did some shopping and had a wonderful dinner with fellow tourists. One of my favorite towns!

    1. Welcome, Linda! Yes, Saint Paul de Vence is truly exceptional. I would love to return and have more time to shop the galleries… 🙂

  22. Wow, your pictures are absolutely gorgeous, they are all favorites! Looks like a great place to visit. Thanks so much for sharing.

  23. Norma Rolader says:

    Such a beautiful place and thank you for sharing … hopefully one of these days I will get to travel there

  24. Lovely, lovely, lovey. And though not a structural engineer, I would hesitate to garden on some of those beautiful but not noticeably well supported balconies. Just admire them from below!

  25. Linda Clemmer says:

    Dear Lory: What a beautiful destination. The first photo reminded me of the narrow streets of Mykonos, Greece. We were so fortunate and blessed to travel to so many wonderful places when we were younger. At those times we said we would travel while we were able and pay for those times when we were older. Well we have reached that time and only travel to resorts within driving distance. You MUST travel now! All you will have eventually are memories. Enjoy! Linda

    1. Thank you so much for this comment! We visited Mykonos last June and it was blissful… 🙂 I will pay heed to this advice as best I can!

  26. Anna Moser-Gallego says:

    Oh Lory, your post brought back such a flood of happy memories of visiting St. Paul de Vence many years ago with my late husband and our 2 children! Yes it is absolutely the most beautiful village, and believe it when I say its beauty and charm have not changed over the years. We bought a painting in one of the galleries, and it still graces the walls of my house as a happy reminder of that trip. Thank you for your post!

  27. chardonnaylynn says:

    Tres magnifique!!!!

  28. Dianne Long says:

    Lori – What memories your post brought back to me. It is one of my fondest memories of France. My husband, daughter, and I were there several years ago. Hope to make it back some day. Thank you for the post.

  29. Constance Gagne says:

    Thank you so very much for the absolutely stunning pictures that you posted today. I can’t travel now but one day when I can again you have made it my hearts desire to go to France.

  30. MARY ANNE MCWHIRTER says:

    I was lucky enough to go to France in the fall THIS WAS BY FAR MY FAVORITE PLACE OF ALL. Was on a tour and did not get to spend much time there and most of the shops were closed…BUT IT WAS DELIGHTFUL IN EVERY WAY!!!!! It has charm like non other….there were not many people there that day and it was raining..which added to the magical charm!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE AND HOPE TO GO BACK! Thanks for the joy you bring to all of us who follow you…and to the amazing French ideas that we can incorporate into our homes and lives!

  31. MARY ANNE MCWHIRTER says:

    ps and please please please…continue to post travel ideas!!!!

    1. I’m so glad to hear this because I’m never sure how well the travel posts will be received. I have a new one coming up soon, so be on the lookout!

  32. What a lovely post, and a great way to start my day. These photos as well as your descriptions, are absolutely stunning. This brought back memories of the town my Mom is from in Italy. Winding narrow roads, rows of stone houses and shops with more charm than one can imagine, and gorgeous vistas. Thank you so much. I truly enjoyed it! Have a lovely weekend.

    1. Thank you so much, Joanne! Well, these comments have convinced me to do the post I’ve been trying to decide whether to do from a recent trip to Italy… 😉

  33. Oh my, so very lovely and charming! It has always been my dream to visit the French and English countrysides. I enjoyed these pics so much of France. So, thank you for sharing!

    1. I’d love to see more of the French countryside, too, and the English countryside is wonderful, as well. I just loved the Cotswolds!!

  34. Oh my…now I am daydreaming about a visit. Stunning and gorgeous and I MUST go. Thank you for sharing.

  35. Shirle Herchline says:

    St. Paul de vence is my very favorite French hill top village. When I saw your picture I knew exactly where it was. In fact I have 2 pictures of that same spot. The first one was taken with my 5 year old granddaughter and the second was of her sitting there as an adult

  36. I live in southwestern Ontario and we visited Paris, Lyon and the French Riviera end of March into mid April about 3 years ago. I am a photographer so spent everyday of our 3 week stay taking day trips to a different hill town. Saint-Paul-de-Vence is one of the prettiest. A year later, at the age of 70, we moved from a 9 year old, two bedroom, two bathroom adult lifestyle bungalow that we outgrew into a 4 bedroom 4 bathroom two story and I have been following your blog and decorating most of my home in a French Country style using furniture from the 60s and 70s and a few new pieces. It is a work in progress. I have always had silver pieces and have been collecting more along with Limoges china to compliment my White Wedgewood. I really love your style Lori and so happy I happened along your blog. A couple of weeks ago I filled my home with fresh, spring flowers, some real, some faux. Thanks for all the inspiration!

    1. First, I’m glad I’m not the only one who prefers a little more space, even as I get older… LOL!! I appreciate your kind words and it sounds like you’re really appreciating living with things you love! Your trip sounds wonderful too… 🙂

  37. Theses pictures are so very pretty. I love the homes, the stucco on the houses are like what we put on a home that we built here in Indiana. I couldn’t help but notice that on the balconies there are no outside chairs. Was just wondering doesn’t anyone set out on them ?

    1. I’m not sure, but it’s possible that since we were there in April, they don’t put chairs out until the summer months?

      I’m familiar with the limestone in Indiana… 🙂 My daughter went to IU, one of the most beautiful schools I’ve ever seen!

  38. Margot Gorske says:

    I lived in France and loved this town as well as Eze. When I brought each child to Europe for the first time, aka France, this is where we came as introduction. So many delights, And don’t forget the unique galette to this area street food made with garbanzo flour.

    1. How incredibly lucky to live in France! Must’ve been wonderful… 🙂 I never made it to Eze because I was terrified of the cliffside roads but the photos look gorgeous!

      1. Margot Gorske says:

        It’s worth the trip; especially as Fragonard’s factory is there!

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