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St Tropez: landscape with boats

Monday, October 01, 2012

Today I take the bus to St Tropez.

(These are boats, not the bus. We'll get to the boats in a minute, but I put in a pic of the boats because the bus was not pretty. Well, it was ok, but not photogenic.)

It's quite a long way, one and a half hours, which is why I've never been there before. St Trop is notoriously hard to get to - there's no railway and it's round a mountain. In summer the traffic gets gridlocked and stays that way for 10 weeks.

So I buy the ticket and get on the bus. Realise I have forgotten to check that the semaine des voiles (end of summer regatta) is over but having spent 2 euro on the bus ticket, I'm not going to get off now. Settle down with iPod. Like anyone who's ever been on a journey by the sea, I've taken care to make sure I've got a window seat on the sea side of the bus. The weather is patchy cloud so I'm hoping for great things today. The views are stunning and there's a haze of woodsmoke in a lot of places, I think maybe from people burning off vine clippings. There are certainly a few vineyards. It is not, however, easy to take pix from a moving bus:

After the first half hour, the road becomes a corniche, hilly, twisty, with interestingly sheer drops at times. The sea is blue, there are forested hills everywhere, it's fairytale.

I'll try taking pix of this on the way back.

Arrive in St Trop, on time. No traffic jams. The only congestion is in my insides because of the lack of fibre for the last couple of days. My gut is giving me error messages and my intestines feel as though there are rats fighting in there. The bus terminus, you'll be interested to hear, is about as attractive as bus terminuses everywhere. I walk up the road a bit and decide to head for where I can see boats.

Boy, are there boats! From a sign I learn that the regatta is this week, starting on Saturday gone and finishing on 7 October. I make that nine days to be honest but I assume if you've got the money to run one of these boats, you can do what you want with your time.

Nice work if you can get it. Walk round the port taking pix of everything, including the harbourmaster's office which is on the picturesque side.

I'm sure I can smell money along here. Lots of it. People are sitting on boats with glasses of wine and aperitifs, people are standing around talking boats, people are hauling on ropes and hopping on and off decks. I read a few names and am particularly impressed with one called 'Pink Panther'. I'm also interested to see that there are boat real estate agents and one boat has a sign on it saying it's for sale: 49K euro. It's a nice looking boat but not out of the ordinary and the other day I was looking at an advert for a studio flat that was only 53K euro. There are boats from all over including the UK (right) and Malta (left).

Come to the far side of the harbour and walk through a little arch

take pix of the boats that are on the open sea

walk around to the viewpoint and take more pix

walk up to the end and take even more pix.

Isn't it gorgeous? Walk back along the row of restos and cafes and sit down with a coffee. It's packed, everyone is out in the sun - I have a feeling St Trop has one of these microclimates and gets more than its share, it's certainly getting plenty now.

Get up and wander round to the streets at the back. Here it's quiet, calm and shady.

It's also full of designer shops. I see Dolce and Gabbana and what looks to be a Dior restaurant. Can this be right? It's like a shopping mall for the kind of people who don't actually have to think about money. Ever.

Choose a quiet resto and order a salad nicoise. This is a salad that always has leaves, either tuna or anchovies or both, hard boiled egg and black olives in. Everything else is variable. This one has cucumber, tomato and green pepper in.

Purists say it must be raw veg only. Other purists says it can contain cooked green beans and even potatoes. Eat this one and wait to be offered the pudding menu. This doesn't arrive so get up feeling a bit disgruntled and frankly empty and go looking for an icecream. Find what I'm looking for and eat it in a harbour cafe. You don't need to know the details. I'm having a day off today

Didn't buy any of the glace fruit in this shop though. I was intrigued. Glace cactus fruit. That's a new one. Glace fruit is a real Provencal thing, there's a town called Apt where it's a huge industry.

I don't know how to track an hour of pottering around taking photos so I've left it off.

Continue to potter and take more pix. A lot of people seem to go barefoot on their boats, so there are piles of knackered footwear on the dock. At the more rustic end of the harbour, there piles of possessions being sorted.=

Oh, I'd love to be part of this. And that's the thing. Unless you have blooming great wodges of cash to spend, or an active interest in sailing, you're not really part of it. St Tropez feels like a gigantic club that anyone can join, but you have to fulfil at least one of these two criteria, preferably both.

You can still see the pretty little town it was until the 60s when it was discovered, if you look at the actual buildings and forget about the designer gear.

Nice place though. On the way back I attempt to take pix of the scenery. Bit wobbly but there you go.

Tomorrow I'm going ON a boat. Can't wait.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FIFIFRIZZLE 10/12/2012 7:19AM

    Amazing! Now I've been to St Tropez!

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TDWANDD2MYK9 10/7/2012 3:24AM

    Fantastic! emoticon emoticon

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JLLOVETT 10/5/2012 1:19PM

    emoticon Sounds truly wonderful, thank you for sharing!!!

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1BEACHWALKER 10/4/2012 3:34PM

    Wow-what a pretty place...always love areas with a marina with lots of boats! Sounds like you had a great vacation...I will have to check out your other blogs about it. I love to see ones blog like this! You take such great photos!! emoticon emoticon

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LISALGB 10/4/2012 1:18PM

    Simply beautiful!! Thank you for taking us along on your trip.

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L1ZB3TH354 10/2/2012 6:52PM

    As always, beautiful blog. I am sooooo jealous. Have fun! emoticon

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RUNGRL2013 10/2/2012 3:49PM

    wonderful account of a wonderful trip. That salad...mmm... emoticon ! Enjoy!!!

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IMEMINE1 10/2/2012 2:19PM

    That was beautiful.

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    The water was so clear and the sound of the sea lapping on the shore was so gentle. I loved St. Tropez. Thank you for reminding me of a beautiful day I spent there.

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DNRAE1 10/2/2012 10:25AM

    Ah, the lives of the rich and famous! They are fun to watch! Another lovely blog! Thank you again! emoticon

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KATHIC2 10/2/2012 8:34AM

  Lovely, just lovely, you write a book.

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REGILIEH 10/2/2012 6:05AM

    A great trip! Looking forward to tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 10/1/2012 11:21PM

    I know by now the photos aren't scratch n sniff, but I can smell the money in these.

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EABL81 10/1/2012 11:06PM

    This is such great fun - I've never been to France before!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 10/1/2012 10:53PM


There is just SOMETHING
about the beach/ocean

You Jet-Setter !
St Tropez !

Yesterday's food was more appealing to me


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COUPONS0216 10/1/2012 10:16PM

    I love anything to do with lots of water! Your pictures are truly grand!

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KIPPER15 10/1/2012 9:42PM

    What a marvelous journey "we" are having. emoticon

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CHRIS3874 10/1/2012 9:11PM

    Wow I think I can smell the sea air from here!! I just keep thinking of some Pink Floyd song off of "Meddle" (I have the cassette somewhere not one of my favourite albums).

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CARLIASTAR27 10/1/2012 8:49PM

    I love this holidaying vicariously through others - you just made my past hour bearable!

Keep enjoying - your photos are fantastic!

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ALDEBARANIAN 10/1/2012 8:34PM

    My, what lovely pictures. Wish I was there.

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LINDAK25 10/1/2012 8:19PM

    Fantastic pictures--the boats, the sea, the sun, the clouds, the food, all wonderful! We just need to get adopted by someone who can afford St. Tropez. (I'd have to be adopted because I'm already married and I like the husband I have, so I'm not ready for a trade-in.)

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JUNEAU2010 10/1/2012 8:02PM

    Thank you for sharing! I love the arch picture and the last one the most! Wow! A place I've heard of and your pictures and description may be the closest I get. It's 95 degrees here south of San Francisco so St Tropez sounds and looks fabulous!

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Great pictures!

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KELLIEBEAN 10/1/2012 6:21PM

    Thanks for sharing! Spectacular pictures!!!

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TIZSLIM 10/1/2012 6:18PM


Time to write my lines again;

Jealousy is not an attractive quality.
Jealousy is not an attractive quality.
Jealousy is not an attractive quality.
Jealousy is not an attractive quality.
Jealousy is not an attractive quality.
Jealousy is not an attractive quality............

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POPSY190 10/1/2012 4:57PM

    Thank you.

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MILLIE5522 10/1/2012 4:20PM

    Now I understand your latest status about the guy in the cream silk shorts. I thought you were in the UK still! Lol!

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LYNCHD05 10/1/2012 3:43PM

    Can I join you!

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    Just love your 'pottering' about with pictures... Your commentaries are stupendous. Thanks for bringing us along.

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DIZZYCOCOA 10/1/2012 2:40PM

    I love it! Sounds just like what I'd do. Guess I'll live vicariously through you (for now!)

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CLARALAW 10/1/2012 2:37PM

    Beautiful! Have fun!!

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MAMAOWLS 10/1/2012 2:09PM

    Another wonderful day on your trip. Thank you emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 10/1/2012 2:00PM

  What lovely pictures, and you showed a variety of landscapes. Thanks!

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ANNE1123 10/1/2012 1:46PM

    It was so great to take a part of your trip with you, thank you for making the post!

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MADAMES 10/1/2012 1:43PM

    I have vivid memories of ice cream in St. Tropez many years ago! I think I paid $5 for some really wonderful creme de cassis ice cream at a cafe which translated to a HUGE expense for a starving student! In most French cafes at that time you could get a whole meal for less. Somehow though, I didn't regret was one of those things you do and you savor every bite. They had yachts, and I had ice cream!

I remember riding a bus on those winding narrow highways and alternating between thinking...beautiful.......scary...
....beautiful.....scary! Thank you for taking me back there with your beautiful pictures!


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JAYEBEAN 10/1/2012 1:33PM

    I just love that you keep sharing beautiful pictures! Keep 'em coming!

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ADARKARA 10/1/2012 1:32PM

    beautiful pics!

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HISARTIST 10/1/2012 1:11PM

    Beautiful picts!! Makes me miss being by the sea even more!! Thanks for sharing...definitley a place to add to my list of wish visits.

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SPACEBOT1 10/1/2012 1:04PM

    Wants photo of ice cream!

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SANDRAREGINA 10/1/2012 1:03PM

    Boats!! I love boats. I think its in my blood (my Opa was a fisherman). I can smell the sea just from looking at the pictures. Very restful for the soul.

Your salad looks delicious.

Can you help me figure out how to post pictures in-line like you do? I can only seem to post links to pictures, which are not nearly as interesting (so I don't bother).

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HFAYE81 10/1/2012 12:49PM

    Beautiful! It's rainy and miserable here, I'm so jealous emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 10/1/2012 12:48PM

    I AM LOVING YOUR BLOGS ANNE, and the pics and OMG the food emoticon

I am going green with envy LOL

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LEXIE63 10/1/2012 12:18PM

    I'm sorry, but as I am currently reliving my childhood vicariously through your recent blogs, I must insist you include ALL food details, as it is one of my fondest memories of our frequent meanders around France with my Dad. emoticon
So, what were the tasty ice creamy things you went in search of?

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ESCHLETZ 10/1/2012 12:16PM

    Glace fruit? I'm going to have to look that up. I've never heard of it, but it does sound interesting. And the similarity in price for an apartment compared to a boat! WOW! I think I'll just keep dreaming about things like that, costs less and I can have a different one every day ;o)
Beautiful scenery, once again. You've got a real knack for photography.

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JACKIE542 10/1/2012 12:14PM

    Yes, just beautiful. What a great day to relax! I will probably never get to these places thank you for taking me along. If I ever would your travels would help me along. Have a good relaxing day! emoticon

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ALIHIKES 10/1/2012 12:10PM

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos of St Tropez. I have never been there, but your photos were inspirational emoticon

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