The first weekend of May was four days due to holidays, and I was fortunate to spend this weekend near the French Riviera (côte d’Azur) at a friend’s lovely summer home overlooking the sea. Biking to the sea from the house was awesome, and there were lovely animals, creeks and landscapes along the way. I’ve been to the French seacoast, but never this far east. It is great to get there at this time of the year before the hoards of tourists (with their cars) rush in! Here are some photos from Fréjus, Roquebrune-sur-Argens and Saint-Tropez. See more info after the cut by clicking ‘Continue Reading’.
I thoroughly enjoyed my first wine-tasting experience at Domaine des Planes! I bought a few bottles of my favorite rosé and a couple bottles of the red as they were fantastic. Organic means no hangovers right? 😉
My overall impression? Fréjus is lovely, of course you can see the gorgeous beach shots for yourself — keep walking along the coast, in both directions, and enjoy. The Fréjus town is really quaint and cute, so I recommend spending the hour (or less) it takes to walk around it if you like that sort of thing; there are some cool architectural elements, old archways, a church, views of the sea, etc. The coastal town Saint-Raphaël is just next door and I hear it’s lovely over there too. Saint-Tropez I nickname as “St. Trop” because it doesn’t live up to the hype at all. It’s really small; I spent about two hours there and left. It did not capture my interest at all (maybe because it’s no longer the 1960’s and Bridgette Bardot is now a scary old lady). In the same gulf as St. Tropez it may be more interesting to visit Port-Grimaud and Sainte-Maxime, which are just are short trip North of St. Tropez (I didn’t get to check them out myself). Definitely check out a vineyard (or three) and taste some of the local wines.
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