St. Paul-de-Vence Cruise Ship Shore Excursion from Nice or Cannes

St. Paul de Vence

 Linda Garrison

Traditional Village Is Picturesque and Well Worth a Half-Day's Visit

Cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean often dock in Cannes or Nice on the French Riviera for the day. Passengers who wish to explore a traditional French village can take a half-day shore excursion to one of several nearby towns such as St. Paul-de-Vence or Eze.

I visited St. Paul-de-Vence for a few hours when our cruise ship was docked in Cannes, and found the picturesque 16th century village to be fascinating and well worth the time. Saint Paul de Vence sits high on a hilltop overlooking the surrounding French countryside. We strolled the cobbled streets and explored artisan's shops. The old buildings are fascinating, and the shops have many different types of handicrafts.

St. Paul-de-Vence is only one of the many similar villages in the area, but its views are much different than those at Eze since the town in inland and the Mediterranean Sea is not visible.

We also hiked the short distance (up a hill) from St. Paul to Fondation Maeght, a nearby modern art museum. The contrast between the old village and the modern museum was striking and made for a memorable day. The Maeght Foundation Museum is one of Europe's most famous modern art museums. The Maeght was built in 1964 and designed by Spanish architect Jose-Luis Sert, who worked with modern artists such as Miro and Chagall on the design.

St. Paul de Vence is a fascinating medieval French village to explore. However, its cobblestone streets are designed only for the able-bodied.

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St. Paul de Vence Building with Flowers

St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence (c) Linda Garrison

Many of the buildings in St. Paul de Vence are decorated with flowers.

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St. Paul de Vence Building

St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence (c) Linda Garrison

I love the old cobblestone buildings in St. Paul de Vence.

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St. Paul-de-Vence Gate

St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence (c) Linda Garrison
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St. Paul de Vence Gate

St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence (c) Linda Garrison
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St. Paul de Vence Street Scene

St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence (c) Linda Garrison
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St. Paul-de-Vence Street Scene

St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence (c) Linda Garrison
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Saint Paul de Vence Water Fountain

St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence (c) Linda Garrison
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Saint Paul de Vence Cemetery

St. Paul de Vence cemetery
St. Paul de Vence (c) Linda Garrison
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View of the French Countryside near St. Paul de Vence

St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence (c) Linda Garrison
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Scenic View on the Drive from Cannes to St. Paul de Vence, France

View from St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence (c) Linda Garrison
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St. Paul de Vence

St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence (c) Linda Garrison
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Typical Shop Front in St. Paul-de-Vence

Typical Shop Front in St. Paul-de-Vence
St. Paul de Vence Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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St. Paul-de-Vence Shopping Lane

St. Paul-de-Vence Shopping Lane
St. Paul de Vence Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Saint Paul de Vence has many small boutiques perfect for browsing. St. Paul can get very crowded in the summer.

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Traditional Residence in St. Paul de Vence

Traditional Residence in St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Typical Market in St. Paul de Vence

Typical Market in St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Spring Flowers in St. Paul de Vence

Spring Flowers in St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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St. Paul de Vence

St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Not all the artwork in St. Paul de Vence is medieval!

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Saint Paul de Vence

Saint Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Flower-covered Wall in St. Paul-de-Vence

Flower-covered Wall in St. Paul-de-Vence
St. Paul de Vence Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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St. Paul de Vence

St. Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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Walled City of Saint Paul de Vence

Walled City of Saint Paul de Vence
St. Paul de Vence Picture (c) Linda Garrison

Saint Paul de Vence sits high on a hilltop overlooking the French Countryside

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Walking from St. Paul de Vence to the Fondation Maeght

Walking from St. Paul de Vence to the Fondation Maeght
St. Paul de Vence Picture (c) Linda Garrison

It is only a short walk from St. Paul de Vence to the modern art museum of Fondation Maeght, but it is very hilly.

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Maeght Foundation Modern Art Museum in Saint Paul de Vence, France

Fondation Maeght Modern Art Museum
Fondation Maeght Modern Art Museum (c) Linda Garrison

The Fondation Maeght is an amazing modern art museum located just a short walk from the medieval hilltop French village of Saint Paul de Vence. Cruise ships often include half-day shore excursions to St. Paul de Vence from Cannes, Nice, or Monte Carlo.

We explored the narrow streets and artisan shops of St. Paul and still had enough time to stroll through the museum and its lovely grounds while on a half-day shore excursion from the Crystal Symphony.<p>The Maeght Foundation Museum is one of Europe's finest modern art museums. Constructed in 1964, the Maeght was designed by Spanish architect Jose-Luis Sert, who worked with famous modern artists such as Miro and Chagall on his design. The Maeght Foundation Museum includes works by such artists as Bonnard, Braque, Kandinsky, and Chagall. Set high on a piney hill overlooking St. Paul de Vence, the grounds of the Maeght has many interesting sculptures, mobiles, and mosaics.  

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