Destination: France: St.-Tropez
The Appeal of St.-Tropez
Habitués of the Cote d’Azur love to downplay the jet-set lifestyle of St.-Tropez. “It’s just a little fishing village,” they shrug, “and we love the sea.” Technically, St.-Tropez is exactly that – a small village in the south of France. But there’s not much fishing going on these days. When I visited on a sunny weekend in April, the port was already lined with multi-million-dollar yachts, and the beautiful people had descended in full force to celebrate the kickoff of another season. St.-Tropez initially found fame when it served as the backdrop for Brigitte Bardot in And God Created Woman. Since then, it has become the see-and-be-seen spot for celebrities, royalty and well-heeled travelers from around the world. But for first-time visitors, the repeat guests’ nonchalance can be difficult to decipher.
The appeal of St.-Tropez is twofold – the scene and the setting. St.-Tropez truly is a gorgeous town. Many cities in the south of France were destroyed by bombs in WWII, including St.-Tropez. But unlike others that rebuilt willy-nilly in the current day’s architecture, St.-Tropez was already...
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