We hop aboard the Trans Cote d'Azur in Cannes and in just over an hour (passing a beautiful coastline of hillside villas, mountains, fishing villages), arrive at the jet-setting town of fabulous fashion boutiques, expensive restaurants, yachties, artists, and celebrities. St. Tropez hosts nearly 6,000 residents...and up to 100,000 tourists per day! Brigitte Bardot put this charming village (and the bikini) on the map in the 1950's, and today's stars keep it there.
Aside from great people-watching, St. Tropez is still a charming French port, discovered by artists, with cobbled back streets, markets, local shops ($5 paninis, with choice of drink), parks complete with games of boules and petanque. But restaurants like Senequier ($9 un café) and hotels like Byblos ($3kE pn) cater to the rich and famous in their own enchanted enclaves.
This summer's collection at Le Muséé de l'Annonciade, "The color in the light of the East: from Delacroix to Matisse", features Signac, Cross, Bonnard, Derain, Vlaminck, Delaunay, Picasso, Kandinsky, and of course Delacroix and Matisse. Fabulous!
We drop by one of the beaches, then hike up to l'Eglise Notre Dame. As the day lengthens and yachts come and go, the sky morphs even bluer, and on the boat trip back, we again zip by the famous Corniche D'Or, arriving back in Cannes before six...home sweet home :-)