Nice Vineyard near St Tropez
Hi I can recommend chateau des garcinieres its very close to Staint Tropez on the N98 between Cogolin and La Foux (that's where the luna park is) the entrance to the chateau will be on your left as you approach Cogolin.
Yes there is a tourist office in St. Tropez and it is right near the start of the harbor pathway. It is very useful to go in and ask for available accommodation. They give you a map and points the hotels. If you are happy with the price they phone the hotel and tell them you are coming, like a reservation, because in summer time it's pretty hard to find a hotel. Under EUR 150 per night that is.
This is the former police station in St. Tropez - le Gendarmerie Nationale - where Louis de Funes and his Gendarmes du Saint Tropez had their quarter in those funny old movies :) This is one real attraction of St. Tropez beside the luxury stuff.
Check out the second picture - there is a second Gendarmerie Nationale - the current police station.
There is a small park in St. Tropez, not really a park as it is mostly sand and some trees, with a restaurant on a side. It is mostly used by locals to play "boules" - the game with the heavy metal balls being thrown to the small little one in the sand - a French traditional game.
As you can expect there are expensive, more expensive and outrageous expensive restaurants. As long as you have money in your pocket to afford a dinner there you should stay at one of the restaurants on the harbor side and enjoy the moment.
Beach near the harbor
In the back of the houses you see in the harbor there is a small beach which is probably crowded in summer, though that is not the famous Nikki beach or a place for famous people, but it is a nice place to watch the water, and they have this strange moon looking monument on the pier.
Across the gulf of St. Tropez is Saint Maxime, a place where I guess all the rich people have their houses to be close to the luxury resort. I looked at the hill side covered with houses and I dream of having someday a house there.
Real big luxury boats
Looking at those boats makes you dream some time you will have such money and status so you can afford having a boat, cruising the seas and harboring in the most expensive ports like this one. I can imagine a day in this port costs way much more than an expensive hotel. But normal people like me can enjoy watching and dreaming.
St. Tropez Harbor
The harbor in St. Tropez is the most irresistible harbor I've seen. With the luxury boats so close you think you can climb aboard and taste some of the life of the rich. Or you can just walk up and down the pier and watch the boats, people - maybe spot some celebrities, which can be a lot during summer, and eat at fancy restaurants.
When expense is no object - where else to stay?
The legendary Hotel Byblos on Av Paul Signac is the quintescence of luxury. What does such "luxury " cost? 550 euros a night, if you want to know. The carpark bristles with Ferraris and Rolls Royces. The Hotel boasts its own chillout record series on par with the Buddah Bar.
In the basement is the kitsch number one celebrity nighspot disco Les Caves du Roy , where you will see P Diddy or Bruce Willis holding court. Expect to spend or bribe in thousands to even get in. Rumoured one party set back P Diddy a half million dollars on champagne - Dom Perignon or Cristal, of course. but spraying as well as drinking.
Daytime, a discrete hotel-chauffered people-mover ferries a half dozen American trophy wives down to the beach. They are spending the summer season in St Trop', while their Ivy League husbands sweat 18 hours a day over corporate multimillion dollar mergers and aquisitions.
Everybody who is anybody stays at Byblos.This is personal service to the extreme. This is not necessarilly somewhere anyone might stay, but it is somewhere to see.
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Lifestyle essentials: cigarettes and mobile phone
She gets about St Tropez by scooter, naturally. Big hair and a size six, all she needs is a pack of cigarettes and a mobile phone: everything else is superflous in the St Tropez lifestyle.
A word about size
You will not see many fat people in St Tropez. The one thing that shouts out loud here is that "thin is good". Its cruel but such is life. If you have acheived thin by the usual means - extreme calorie restriction - all you now need to do is practice lines like "Darling its not my fault I am naturally thin!". Particularly within earshot of other women.
Fellas: only one "size" matters here, the size of your bank balance.
The big question: what to wear?
You come here to see and be seen. Your biggest decision is not whether to take a packed lunch, its what you propose to wear.
Beginners need some style advice.
Real Tropezienes set an example
The girls' clothing style is white, and more white. Temperature is hot and white is cool. A hat is sensible but no flower-pots - wide brimmed straw works well. And roomy shoulderbags, not euro-trek rucksacks.
For men, a dog makes a suitable statement - "I live here".
Style notes for visitors
(Apologies to Heat and Hello readers who know all this stuff inside out!)
Youve come here to enjoy the scene, and people watch. Only the day-trippers wander around dressed for the beach. Wear clothes, not "sportswear". No-one is wearing branded sportswear - which some people mistakenly think looks cool. No US baseball vests with the number 18 in huge letters on the front (as in an estimate of the wearer's IQ). That only works if you are P Diddy.
Geltlemen: daywear, if you must wear a baseball cap, it's ok here, but its worn forwards not backwards (dude!). And the shorts - not short shorts - cut half or three-quarter length and flipflops or Birkenstocks, not trainers. Evening: low-cut denin jeans of designer look finished with a big metal belt, mixed with an expensive designer shirt - perhaps white embelished with embroidery and silver, rounded off with a soft-tailored dark jacket.
Ladies: as extrovert as you dare, if you've got it this is the place to flaunt it. If you used to have it but its getting on a bit, age doesn't matter - you need to be more outrageous as you get older - in France you get points for not giving up. A straw stetson hat and cowboy boots teamed up with skinny jeans may be passe (Posh still wears them) but theres some life still in variations. Last of all - those dark glasses - the bigger the better. Its the defininition of cool.
Think: "No Photos No Photos - see my agent!" Now you're beginning to get into the spirit of St Tropez.
No question Saint Tropez is a magnet for young and not so young women with a taste for style. I think it follows from the fact women tend to read celebrity magazines and St Tropez is a backcloth to a certain A-list and B-list celebrity scene, making it one of the must go destinations. Its expensive and hard to get to, providing the necessary exlusivity.
Strangely, not many young men with shaved heads and earings, wanting to watch football on bar big screens, pint in hand, surrounded by like.
Perhaps these two things are related.
Overlooking the town from the Citadelle
Sight seeing in St Tropez is not a big deal - around an hour brisk walk should about do it.
Pretty in every aspect, the view over the town from the citadelle provides fine views. In the distance 5 km north is the venice of the Cote D'Azur - Port Grimaud - and 11 km the modern resort of Saint Maxime.
Trophy men. Hurry hurry girls. Get yours here!
The Nice - St Tropez Ferry offers you exclusive access to the boot on the other foot.
The lady clearly had the money, Paris Hilton clone , and her hunk trophy male companion a fair bargain. Rippled torso, six-pack stomach, deep tan, dark wavy hair, immaculate rolex, just the right kind of canvas trousers, designer sandals. Everything in its place, game, set and match.
And who said beauty is only skin deep? I only clocked this as the lady pulled down his white sailcloth trouser belt to show the Calvin Klein imprint on the waistband of his underpants beneath. She paid for them and she's going to show them off
On landing at St Tropez, the couple melted invisibly into the beautiful crowd.
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