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With many of its original charm and features well looked after including the 16th-century ramparts, the arcades, and the wells, this village is the second most visited in France Mont-St-Michel.
This quaint village has been attracting a steady flow of visitors since the 80’s and now welcomes an upwards of two million visitors a year. May to October are when the crowds are. With many famous visitors including Churchill who enjoyed sitting and paint at the fountain. The morning market just beyond the medieval walls sells local produce from the region. Pétanque is played seriously outside Twenties café-hotel La Colombe d’Or, where other famous guests like Hitchcock came to complete writing To Catch a Thief and where the walls are hung with paintings by Matisse and Braque, personal gifts from the artists. Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, James Baldwin: they all stayed here, sometimes for months at a time. Depending on when you visit the village, you will experience different colours of the buildings and sky due to the light. The warm colour of earthy hues during the sun setting illuminates the surrounding trees and flowers. Where to eat? La Fontaine or Le Caruso are great for casual lunches or for that extra treat, visit La Colombe D’or.
St Paul de Vence