“…in order to paint my pictures, i need to remain (in saint tropez) for several days in the same state of mind, and i do not find this in any atmosphere but that of the côte d’azur…” by henri matisse
cruising along the french riviera offered a glimpse of luxury town resorts charmingly tucked in the southern peninsula of france. hugged by sun-kissed beaches, calm deep blue waters and temperate mediterranean climate offer the perfect playgrounds for the rich and famous. ports are filled with luxury yachts and the two hour-and-a-half ferry each way to saint tropez from nice allowed us to soak up views of the stunning côte d’azur.
we had a fabulous day at saint trop. the place des lices, the town’s most charming central square is where the open-air market is held. it is simply awesome and not to be missed. the sun-dried tomato tapenade was superb, it made up for lunch at the park and many more snacks after that. vendors are very warm and even with just few words of french will get you far.
saint tropez is bustling yet relaxed. chic. fashionably casual. maybe even mythical. people were there just to be there. it is a happy place, laid back atmosphere, cozy and undisturbed even with throng of very watchable people effortlessly blending in with tourists and locals alike. saint tropez, whose humble beginnings as a military stronghold and a simple fishing village, is now an escape to international stars and socialites made famous by iconic celebrities and artists back in time.
we meandered cobble stoned alleys, shopped and browsed in boutiques and galleries, found our way at the foot of the citadel, sat at the square and people watched. the harbor was abuzz, filled with ritzy yachts. the entire town was humming, vibrant and so alive.