More beautiful days in Provence

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.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage   





10 thoughts on “More beautiful days in Provence

  1. Thanks for the update…sounds wonderful…so much history in such a small area.
    One can only wonder what all those great artists would say if they were suddenly
    dropped into their old haunts today!! Lives so fleeting…art so enduring. Paul

  2. Your photos are wonderful. I like your spirit of adventure and how you adapt to whatever changes are necessary. Liked the layout with all of the paintings. Keep having fun!

  3. What gorgeous colors in the river Sorgue, and some of you found it in paint. I am so happy to be able to see in on your travels. It’s the next best thing to being a blue vase!

  4. Oh, how beautiful. The scenery is so awesome. Many thanks for those wonderful pictures. It sounds like all of you are having a REAL vacation full of peace and joy. I look forward to your next book : )

  5. Looks like u guys are having a great time. The paintings are beautiful too. miss u guys want to see  everything when u get home. safe trip. Jules    jbp


  6. What a wonderful trip! And what a wonderful way to share it with us! I love the picture the little girl sketched in you sketchbook!

  7. Always wanted to go to the La Colombe d’Or… $69.00 a piece for lunch- wow- but can’t imagine how cool it would be to have a Calder by your swimming pool. You ladies are painting some beautiful memories!

  8. I really enjoy seeing what you all are doing. I was at Matisse’s chapel in 1954 and have postcards of the interior.

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