La Columbe d’Or

Matisse, Chagall, Miro, Calder and Picasso all spent considerable time in Saint Paul de Vence, an ancient, picturesque hilltop town near Nice. Their local hangout was La Columbe d’Or, and they often paid for their room and board with their work. My husband stayed in the hotel in the 60s (he swears he saw Picasso) and so it was a reunion of sorts to return for lunch. There are still paintings in every room, a Calder mobile by the pool, and a restaurant that makes the lightest soufflés. And you can still feel the presence of the giants of twentieth century art in the bar and restaurant, by the pool and in the corridors of La Columbe d’Or.

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