Photos from Vence & Cagnes-sur-Mer (as requested :D). They didn't come out that great... hard to capture the atmosphere of dark, narrow alleys and lots of stone buildings, but, well, enjoy anyway I hope
The Matisse chapel in Vence - simple outside and in
Doorway in the old town, Vence. Maybe you can't tell, but it was significantly shorter than I am
Medieval house in Vence - note the overhanging upper storey
Nativity scene in the 11th-12th century Vence cathedral. I included this a) to demonstrate to my Mum that shock! horror! the laws of Epiphany have been disobeyed b) because it's supposed to be a model of the old town and c) because (you can't really see, but trust me) there is a sign saying that the nativity scene is under video surveillance. That's right, they thought about it and decided that the Chagall mosaic, the Roman sarcophagus and the Carolingian sculpted plaques could look after themselves, but the nativity MUST be protected.
Street in old Vence - hmmm, upon reflection this maybe looks pretty much exactly the same as a photo from Cagnes I uploaded below...
View of Vence from the bus
View *from* Vence of some hills
Alley in the medieval city, Cagnes. LOOK at that old ceiling, amazing!
This just looked too 'year in Provence-y' not to photograph - *cough* all shops in France are this picturesque and old-worldy
The Grimaldi Chateau in Cagnes
A faded (effaced?) crest on a wall next to the chateau
Vine-covered houses in Cagnes' old town
A reminder that the "villages perchés" - perched villages - of the area were built up on the hilltops in a (not always successful) attempt to resist Saracen raids
Street in the medieval bourg at Cagnes
The city wall in the Bourg Médiéval at Cagnes sur Mer
Renoir's garden with the old city in the background
Close up of the view of the old city framed by olive branches
Renoir's house with one of 'his' sculptures outside
A reproduction of one of Renoir's paintings (displayed inside) in front of the spot depicted