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Parked with Illustrious Company

Current Location: St. Tropez, France
Current Position: 43 16.26 N 006 37.78 E Click to view map.
Distance sailed since last post: 3 nautical miles. View the map of our voyage track here

Last night we were anchored with illustrious neighbours. In fact, we were by far the smallest yacht in the anchorage, the others all being 80 ft (or bigger) motor yachts.

Some of our big neighbours at St. Tropez

Some of our big neighbours at St. Tropez

Where were we? Just outside St. Tropez harbour, and all these boats are the ones that couldn’t find space inside the harbour.

It turns out that St. Tropez is actually quite pleasant. It is certainly upmarket, with some impressive art stores and designer boutiques. The restaurants are elegant. Every now and then a helicopter arrives to deliver another visitor who is quickly whisked away in a shiny black van with tinted windows.

A black helicopter delivering another VIP to St. Tropez

A black helicopter delivering another VIP to St. Tropez

 

Look at that amazing carved elephant tusk. Wouldn't be legal these days!

Look at that amazing carved elephant tusk. Wouldn’t be legal these days!

Noel's favorite car. But where would we park it?

Noel’s favorite car  – an MG TC. But where would we park it?

Some lovely art for, no doubt, some lovely prices

Some lovely art for, no doubt, some lovely prices

 

Sunset from St. Tropez

Sunset from St. Tropez

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Little boats to the left…

... and big boats to the right

… and big boats to the right

One of the classier restaurants

One of the classier restaurants, we also so a big motor yacht with the same name.

Just outside that same purple restaurant

Just outside that same purple restaurant

Perhaps the prettiest square (triangle) in St. Tropez

Perhaps the prettiest square (triangle) in St. Tropez

This Ferrari from Monaco got himself into a tight corner and had to back out again - after dropping off the lady with the suitcases

This Ferrari from Monaco got himself into a tight corner and had to back out again – after dropping off the lady with the suitcases

 

And it is blissfully short of tacky tourist souvenir stores. So we liked it.

But we liked Port Grimaud even more. This is a small town and port at the end of the St. Tropez bay that was designed and built in the 1960’s.

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It is like a mini-Venice, but with St. Tropez style buildings. Lots of canals that intersect and are crossed by cute bridges.

The houses are right up against the water, with small front gardens filled with well-kept foliage and so many flowers. In front of each house or building is a mooring place, usually filled with a huge yacht. In fact, many of the motor and sailing yachts parked in front of the houses are bigger than the houses.

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There are also some pleasant restaurants, creperies and ice cream parlours. Everything is done with some style and class.

Yes, it is totally artificial, being designed by an architect just 50 years ago. But even so, it is delightful.

St. Raphael and Frejus on the other hand are real towns. Yes there are the tourist stores – again done with style and class – but they are also real towns with real stores for ordinary people.

The canal leading from the harbour up to Frejus

The canal leading from the harbour up to Frejus

Many, many times we see groups of kids learning to sail and windsurf. So much more than any other Mediterranean country

Many, many times we see groups of kids learning to sail and windsurf. So much more than any other Mediterranean country

The old and the modern at St. Raphael

The old and the modern at St. Raphael

Look at the size of those garlic bulbs!

Look at the size of those garlic bulbs!

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