Take a bow Madame! Taken through the portal of the Place de l’Horloge in Menerbes, Luberon.

Running through the looking for the perfect angle – a Popyacollar shoot in the Luberon

Visitors to Bastide les Amis are entranced by the roses this year – so are we!

Cannes in June is Advertising Festival time. 2013 sees the 60th anniversary of this famous festival. We enjoyed the people, the posers and the vibe a day before the festival opened.

 

It amazes us how much of France is being dug up these days. As the recession seems to get worse, the local authorities attack the road infrastructure with increased zeal. So it was with Cannes – from the autoroute inot the city should take 10 minutes – it took us 60! Roadworks everywhere but once we reached La Croisette, things quietened down even though last minute Advertising Festival preparations were in full swing. f you like designer boutiques, then Cannes is your place. They’re jam packed side by side in front of the many glamorous hotels.

The entrance to the main Festival arena

 

La Croisette is famous for its flower baskets

 

The entrance to the ritzy, glitzy Carlton Hotel. That’s about it – even though Madame was carrying a Louis, the service was shocking and we left. Street food, we we come.

 

An exhibition we would liked to have seen.

Check out this lovely deli a road back from the harbour. They sell small containers with all sorts of delicacies.

 

Looking up at the entrance of the famed Hotel Byblos

 

The Byblos hotel rooms with their colourful shutters

 

Aperos at the Hotel Byblos

An evening at the Saint Tropez harbour is a must. We nestled into the bar at Hotel Sube, a haven for yachties and celebs with a lovely view over the harbour from the balcony. Expect to pay steep prices at the bar but it is a once-off experience.

The Saint Tropez harbour. Many $s of boats here!

 

The view from Hotel Sube. People and boat watching of the highest order.

 

Market day in Saint Tropez is Tuesdays and Saturdays in the Place dess Lices. It’s a large market packed with fabrics, clothing and food. Get there early, don’t expect to find a park close by and enjoy. The Bar des Sports serves a good coffee and you can watch the market parade on its large terrace.

Spring flowers at the market

After drinks at the Hotel Sube, we decided to eat at the nearby Cafe de Paris, a Saint Tropez landmark and institution. We were pleasantly surprised, sea-food pasta chock full of fish and great steaks.

 

 

Spotted in Nice

We found this chap, in Saint Tropez.

Swedish friends of ours are veteran Saint Tropez visitors. They told us – ‘you have to go to Tahiti Beach and Tabou Breach Club’. After  a glance and pre-requisite pictures at Le Club 55, we approached Tahiti Beach and Tabou a bit warily. What a pleasant surprise!

Warm, friendly staff, comfortable chairs, large parasols, a lovely beach and superb, affordable (by Saint Tropez standards) food.

Loved the logo. Sorry.

 

A lazy lunch under the parasols. Perfect medicine after a long evening at Hotel Sube.

 

Madame’s lobster risotto which passed the test. The others of us had the BIG Tabour burger – wow!

 

The oldies chilled while the youngies swam in the Med

Will and Sam arrived from Cape Town and we headed off for their first road trip with us and their first visit to the Riviera. Where else to start but Saint Tropez and Le Club 55?

Where it all started. Roger Vadim shot ‘And God created Women’ here and the restaurant was the crew’s watering hole. An original sign nestling in the sand dunes.

 

Typical vehicles parked outside the entrance.

 

The entrance to the restaurant. You can feel the expense!

 

Sam and Madame at the bar. The restaurant is in the background. At €12 a beer, €9 a glass of wine and €38 for a hamburger, we ate elsewhere.

 

Out on the beach – the loungers are reputed to cost €165 each to hire durng the peak season!

 

The Med…. Note the toys bobbing around as the owners come in for lunch

 

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