July 22, 2015

Saint-Paul de Vence

    Je keffe cette ville! Saint-Paul de Vence would have to be my most favorite place I had visited on this European exploration. This town is absolutely stunning, and I was amazed at all it's medieval glory. The muted neutral tones of the village inspired my color scheme, and while exploring I wanted to be comfortable yet proper for that night's dinner on the terrace. To keep it simple I wore a light distressed William Rast olive shirt over white levi skinny denim. I accessorized with a ring from a vintage spot in Barcelona and a woven bracelet from Dubai to elevate the simplicity of my attire.

William Rast Distressed Tee- Buffalo Exchange
Levi's Jeans- Urban Outfitter's Sale Rack
Silver Nácar Ring- Vintage Market in Barcelona
Braided Leather Bracelet- Gift from Dubai
Guess Suede Shoes- Thrifted

William Rast Tee- Lord & Taylor prices vary
510™ Skinny Fit Jeans- Levi's $68
Striped T-Shirt- H&M $15
'Willet' Nubuck Plain Toe Derby- Nordstrom $268

    Before dinner I built up an appetite by exploring the streets of Saint-Paul de Vence. It was amazing every inch of the village was a piece of history. I couldn't get over how handmade every building and stone walkways were. From the foliage to intricately stoned floors, there was just something so organic about my surroundings that left me in amazement at every turn of this town.

Saint-Paul de Vence on www.saint-pauldevence.com

    I swear every snap I took of this town was postcard worthy. If you walk inside the village you can find stores that vary from: clothing, art, chocolate, and jewelry. There are two benefits of exploring through the village until the end: 1. there is an epic viewpoint that is absolutely photo worthy. 2. You build an appetite to eat at Le Tilleul, which is where I recommend dining for the night. It is a good 30 minute walk to and from the ending viewpoint. Le Tilleul is located at the entrance of the beautiful Saint Paul de Vence. I had an evening meal sitting out on the open terrace just as the sun was beginning to set. The spacious outdoor terrace is under large trees that provide a perfect amount of shade for a cozy ambiance. Looking back on my whole trip, La Tilleul was some of the best food I had ever eaten. The atmosphere and service were second to none. The warm welcome from our server and delightful atmosphere set the tone for our meal. Their complimentary starter gave a divine precursor to what other exquisite food I was anxiously waiting to eat. I enjoyed the refreshing air, the intimate scenery, and their to die for dessert.
    For starters, I would recommend La Tilleul's home-made foie gras. It was the BEST foie gras that I had tried in Europe. This delicacy is served with a chutney of red onions and grapes, which elevate it's flavor to a whole other level, over a warm brioche. I also ordered the salmon in Gravlax way with crunchy vegetables for a counter balance of freshness. The thinly sliced salmon accompanied with the just as thin vegetables had the perfect amount of buttery goodness and crispness. My entree was fresh cod with little potatoes in a Gribiche sauce. It was the most light and delicately cooked fish! The moist fish combined with the citrus foam was a bite that was an out of this world experience.

Starter- foie gras de canard cuit au torchon, confiture d’oignons rouges & raisins
            saumon confit « façon » Gravlax, légumes croquants
Entree- pavé de cabillaud en croûte de citron & émulsion soja
Dessert- tarte aux fraises & tiramisù

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