A couple of weeks ago, I made the bold statement that Tuscany may be my favorite spot in the world. Today, I am going to take back that statement and say that St. Tropez, France is definitely in the running for a top spot.
It is no denying that I loved every single minute of my brief stop there.
I have always wanted to go to the French Rivera…but mostly with my husband…. but must say my 12 year old and my 74 year old father are a close second.
Snuggled deep in the wine country, I found everything about my seacoast experience to enlighten the senses. The French food, the open air markets and the laid back lifestyle that people seemed to embrace certainly calls for a return….real soon.
Because school had started in France, this bustling, summer hot spot for the rich and famous was slowing down. Yachts of every size were in the waterfront and I had to question “Who were the owners and how come we weren’t friends?”
The alleyways were filled with French apartments and houses that seemed to scream to me…”This is a simple life here with minimal stress.” I could certainly get used to it’s Mediterranean climate and the smell of the water.
St. Tropez was home to the infamous Bridgette Bardot who vacationed there in the summer with her parents…She made it famous by inviting her starlet friends to the Riveria and Pablo Picasso used to have a home and paint from this classic fishing village.
Infact, many of the masters painted some of the very classics that I love from this area of France that they called the area of LIGHT. For an artist, the light was what made their masterpieces…well masterpieces. You can still find painters galore using watercolors and oils up and down the water front.
Ice cream and Gelatos continued to be part of our experience even after leaving Italy. The entire French rivera is such a different experience than Northern France and coastal Italy. I am definitely determined to spend some more time in this area.
Simplicity rocks St. Tropez!
I love this shot…..
Infact, I loved this pick on the map….It comes highly recommended!
(Everything but the top shot was shot with my Nikon d800…which was a dream to shoot with over there……yes, I finally decided to do some editing. The top shot…my iPhone)