Just got back from a quick rejuvenating break in St Tropez. I've been going there for 25 years and have seen how it has changed, but has also stayed the same in many ways. I always go in June and September - the best months to see it as it should be seen.
You can still see the old fishing village which was once St Tropez as the brightly painted fishing boats are moored alongside the mega-yachts.
A visit to the harbour early morning shows that this is still a vibrant working village - the deliveries to the yachts, the smell of strong coffee and fresh bread, the fish market in full swing, the shops preparing for a busy day ahead.
Lunchtime means a visit to the beach and a long lunch at one of the famous beach restaurants. Club 55 (www.leclub55.fr) is still a favourite and the crudites are a must. The look of sun bleached wood and white sailcloth is iconic and much copied.
Their own label Rose wine is perfect for lunch at the beach and is still good value. To re-live the vibe when back home, I can recommend Le Coeur de la Presqu'ile de St Tropez (www.laithwaites.co.uk) and for an excellent Crudite recipe with four dips go to (www. raymondblanc.com/recipes/crudites).
For a more relaxed and old school experience, head for Tahiti Beach (www.tahiti-beach.com) for their fantastic pizzas and follow this with a spot of sunbathing on the beach five minutes walk futher on. You can find yourself virtually alone - not easy in St Tropez!
The evening will often find me at the romantic Auberge La Cousteline on the way to Grimaud village (www.restaurantlacousteline.fr) - a family run restaurant which feels a long way from the freneticism of St Tropez just down the road.
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