Apr 092007
 
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St. Paul de Vence is a very picturesque town which is famous for its beauty and also is the final resting place of Auguste Escoffier and Marc Chagall. It has narrow winding streets with small squares tucked in between. This is definitely a village for romance, whether you want to propose to someone, go on a honeymoon or just spend a romantic vacation with the one you love. I would recommend staying at Le St. Paul. Everyone wants to be at the Colombe d’Or because of its amazing collection of paintings and sculptures and because every movie star known to man has stayed there. The hotel is therefore always crowded with curious tourists. The Le St. Paul hotel is tucked away in the middle of the village, is beautiful and tranquil, and has an amazing view of the valley below.

A number of painters, founders of the 20th-century schools, flocked to Saint-Paul: Matisse, Soutine, Chagall, Renoir, Signac, Modigliani, Dufy… not to mention writers including Gide, Giono, Cocteau and Prévert.

In July 1964, the Fondation Maeght was inaugurated by André Malraux. It was the joint creation of Aimé and Marguerite Maeght and artists including Giacometti, Chagall, Miró and Calder. The museum and grounds are beautiful. If you like modern art, then it is a must-see.

There are a number of art galleries and other specialty shops. One that caught our eye was a shop that sold various liqueurs and olive oil.

The name of the shop is Les Trois Etoiles de St. Paul and it is owned by a lovely man named Horst.

Horst has a very interesting selection of liqueurs, such as honey, plum, peach, limoncello cream, strawberry, blackberry and pear, as well as several types of balsamico and local olive oil. He certainly believes in letting potential buyers try out his wares; we must have had about eight tastings before we chose a plum liqueur and lemoncello cream to take home as part of our swag.

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avatarMichelle Nordell (aka Baroness Tapuzina) was a foodie from the womb growing up in the House of Weird Vegetables, so named by a family friend because all of the unusual and exotic food cooked and eaten there. She loves to change recipes using herbs from her garden and spices from the spice shops she enjoys visiting.

  6 Responses to “St. Paul de Vence – Something to Wet Your Whistle”

  1. avatar

    I’ve always said I’m just a wistful armchair traveler… but your travel posts make it almost painful to stay at home.

    Wistfully,

    Miriam

  2. avatar

    I am trying to contact Les Trois Etoiles de St. Paul by e-mail. The address that is listed for him (3etoiles@imcn.net) does not work. Does anyone have a functioning e-mail for him?

    We purchased several products from him on a trip to St. Paul and would now like to order more.

    Thank you

    • avatar

      Hi Lowell,

      I can’t find another email address for him and I no longer see the store listed on the St. Paul de Vence website. I hope it hasn’t closed; it was such a lovely shop.

  3. You can still contact Horst (and Gisela) on the following address – 3etoiles@cote-dazur.com
    The liquers are still for sale in the village of St Paul – just round the corner from the old shop, right beside the fountain
    Still as friendly and delicious as ever!

    • avatar

      Hi William,
      Thank you for letting me know. Horst is such a lovely person and I look forward to going back for a visit and buy a new supply of liqueurs.

  4. avatar

    we were there in the spring and loved everything we bought and the experience..still trying to buy more wrapped herbs for cooking. would love to have the ingredients or have them ship to us!gail

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