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Day 1, St. Tropez, France

The first stop on the cruise is St. Tropez, France.

According to a quick Google search, Saint-Tropez is a coastal town on the French Riviera, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeastern France. Long popular with artists, the town attracted the international “jet set” in the 1960s, and remains known for its beaches and nightlife. The cobblestoned La Ponche quarter recalls its past as a fishing village, although yachts now outnumber fishing boats in the Vieux Port (Old Port).

Saint-Tropez’s cafe-lined central square, Place des Lices, hosts a colorful twice-weekly market. The iconic sandy beaches of Plage de Pampelonne and Plage de Tahiti are lined with restaurants and nightclubs. The Musée de l’Annonciade houses paintings by 19th–20th century Post-Impressionists, including former resident Paul Signac. The 1602 Citadelle de Saint-Tropez stands above the town as a record of its turbulent past, and has a maritime museum in its dungeons. Both the citadel and the Sentier du Littoral coastal path have sweeping views of the coast and the Mediterranean Sea.

Area: 5.861 mi²
Weather: 81°F (27°C)
Local time: 9 hours ahead
Population: 4,305 (2015)

Hmm…I think I’m gonna like this place.

We’ll have less time here than any of the other stops. Maybe because it’s smaller, with fewer things to do.

Nevertheless, let’s see what I can come up with based on the description…

  • cafe lined central square
  • colorful, twice weekly market
  • sandy beaches lined with nightclubs and restaurants
  • Musee de l’Annonciade
  • Citadelle de Saint-Tropez built in 1602 has sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea

This looks promising. I’m starting to develop a shot list in my head. Now, let’s hope my wife and parents in law agree.