St Paul de Vence, a jewel on the French Riviera

The medieval city of SAINT-PAUL which is built within space-shaped walls and standing over green terraces of vineyards, bougainvillea, mimosa and cypress – plus lots of recently-built villas. The walled feudal city, with arch and cannon pointing right at the visitor, was built by François 1st in the 16th Century as a defence against Nice and the Dukes of Savoy.

It has long been famous as an heaven for artists, writers and movie stars. Picasso, Matisse and Chagall have all lived and created there, while numerous European stars and starlets call it their home. However, its notoriety has not detracted from its simple beauty and charm. People come to pay homage to its majestic Gothic church; its numerous sidestreets are quiet and clean. Craftsmen, such as olive-wood carvers, rope makers, weavers and silk painters sit working on doorsteps or in little shops.

Needless to say, the shopping is varied in the 40 little shops and 70 art galleries and it is not unusual to walk out unknowingly with an art piece that may one day become very valuable. Under the large plane trees of the “Place du Général de Gaulle”, local people usually play a lively game of Pétanque (bowls): this is the typical outdoor bowling game played with leaded balls, in southern France.


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Case Study : ABRACAF Incentive

case2•  Participants: 370
•  Period: 02-09 SEP 2016
•  Services:
– Transportation: Local coaches & minibus
– Accommodation: Hotel Fairmontecarlo
– Hospitality desks at hotel
– Meals: Horse racing Racetrack Cagnes sur Mer, Auberge des Gorges du Loup, Rio del Mulino San Remo, les Garçons Aix, Le Bistrot St Tropez, Chez Cane Nice
– Excursions: FD St Paul, Villefranche & Mco / FD Nice / FD Grasse & Eze / FD Cap d’Antibes & Juan / FD St Tropez & Port Grimaud / FD Aix/ FD San Remo
– Activity: Wine tasting
– Farewell dinner: Top Car Museum Monaco


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The Big Petanque Tournament in St Paul

petanque1Team Building :  Half a day

Petanque finds his meaning in the Provençal dialect “Pied Tanqués” (feet joined together). Come and take part of the great and fun tournament following the authentic rules, you will appreciate a traditional pass-time in authentic settings.
– welcome of the participants
– transfer by bus to St Paul
– arrival on “The place”, well known due to Yves Montand, who came regularly here to play “petanque” with the people from St Paul.
– a second animator will welcome the group here. Build different teams / Distribution of material (petanque balls with the “piggy”)
– the tournament can begin in a Provençal ambiance, the teams are in confrontation the one against the others. At the end of every party the results will be noted and winners play against winners until the Big Final!
During the medal ceremony refreshments (pastis, soft drinks) and very typical provençal snacks as Pissaladiere, Olives, Tapenade will be served on the terrace for the participants. (refreshments and snack in option – price on request!)
Rules: Bowls, or boccie, go back to the dawn of time. Both a game strength and skill, the players score points by sending their metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball, the cochonnet. They play on a field 15m long and 4m wide. Pétanque players stand in a circle, with their feet together to throw the balls towards the cochonnet. They can “shoot”, to replace the opponents’ balls when they are too close to the cochonnet.
Sometimes, they are so close, the distance has to be measured with a stick.


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Sailing boats with skipper

sailing2You will enjoy sailing side by side, the maneuvering, the comfort of sailing and at the steering wheel, the setup of the cabins. Depart from a beach or a harbor. The boats mono-shells Sloop of 40/42 feet or catamarans have always been appreciated by their experienced crew as well as by beginners for the pleasant moments they have received, sailing on the wide sea or anchored in a hidden creek.
Their security is maintained at the highest level even with many navigation errors permitted. An excellent starting point to discover learn to love the sea.
Pull on the sails and let the wind do the work, our experienced, professional skippers will guide you into the most beautiful spots to anchor.
Some excursion ideas: Welcome drink on the vessels and let’s make acquaintances, initiation into the security rules.
According to the type of service preferred, you can actually choose the number of pax per sailing boat ie Economic service 10 to 11 people, Normal 8 to 9, Luxurious 6 to 7, Prestige 1 to 5.
– L’Esterel : 10h/18h All sails ready, direction on the red rocks of the Esterel, a magnificent landscape you will discover; anchor in one of the dream creeks at Cap Roux, at le Dramont, at the Golden Island “Ile d’Or”, and boat side by side enjoy lunch, swim, relax, nautical activities; the return will be over the wide sea where it is not seldom that our friends the dolphins can be seen so close that you will realize the most exclusive pictures.
– Sunset cruise : 18h/20h, anchored in one of the hidden creeks, swim, aperitif, and admire the Mediterranean spectacular sunset…, dinner recommended. For more than 11 people, quotation is on request as we have to contact several boat owners and price may vary.


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