The Sippers are on the go again. Wednesday on the way to somewhere else, we found my old friend, a third generation santon (little saint) maker. She was thrilled with a copy of my book which contained pictures of her santons from several trips there. On to Fontaine-du-Vaucluse where we found the source of the beautiful river Sorgue as well as the ancient paper-making factory, still in production. Some Sippers painted, some shopped, some enjoyed a cool drink by the water.
Thursday we were off to Nice – actually St. Paul de Vence – for lunch at the elegant La Colombe d’Or (422 euros for the 8 of us!). The small historic inn is filled with original art:
Picasso, Matisse, Dufy, Leger, Braque, Calder, Cesar…and on and on. We may have seen celebrities, but there were too many hats and sunglasses to be sure. The town of St. Paul was filled with art also, galleries and sculptures everywhere you looked.
Our last visit for the day was to the small Chapelle du Rosaire, Matisse’s last work (where we were not allowed to take pictures). So prayerfully impressive.
After a night in a tiny but charming hotel in St. Paul, we were to go to Renoir’s studio in Cagnes-sur-Mer, but alas… it is closed for renovations until July.Undaunted, the resourceful Sippers found their way to Cap d’ Antibes on the Cote d’ Azur where some painted, some lunched in a seaside cafe, and some found the Picasso Museum.