Rushing here and Russian there and Joining the EasyJetSet!

Funny old place St Tropez.

Right from the 1950s when Brigitte Bardot arrived with her then lover Roger Vadim to make a movie and stayed on after, it has been a regular summer haunt for celebrities and those seeking a beach holiday with a twist.

I have been coming here in August and September for over 30 years and have watched with interest the growing number of Russians all along the cote de azure. The evocative smell of the strong cigarettes they smoke called Belomorkanal surround many cafes and bars.

People watching is an interesting pastime and seeing how A list celebrities mix with locals and tourists makes this an unusual place.

As I sit in a cafe on the Place Des Lices writing this I have just watched a white Vespa Scooter go by being ridden by an old lady well into her late 70s. This is not that unusual perhaps but the fact that her French Bulldog was sitting in the footwell eating some food from a specially positioned bowl certainly was. As I say “funny old place St Tropez!

With an evocative mix of accents and languages it somehow manages to fuse local requirements with celebrity desires like no other, so called “JetSet” resort that I know.

I suppose in this day and age the term JetSet is a bit outdated. Many people belong to the “EasyJetSet” now.

I always prefer driving down in the summer because I visit friends, business associates and family on the way.

This year I dropped in on one of my God Daughters, (I have quite a few godchildren), Nicky and her French Policeman Partner Fred. They own a farm and equestrian centre about four hours south of St Malo and for anyone wanting to submerge their children in French Rural life with animals everywhere and brilliant horse rides this is the place to come.

Nicky and Fred have converted a lovely Gite which is where I stayed and are looking to welcome guests both in and out of season. Ideal for people seeking peace and quite or for writers, walkers or horse riders.
Worth visiting For more information.

St Tropez remains a small French Town much loved by the people who live there and visitors alike. It’s not really polished, in fact in many places it is quite tired but in a way that is the essence of it.

There are few newly ‘manufactured pavements’ the roads are bumpy and uneven but the ambiance of the Town remains, along of course with some of the most beautiful beaches in the World, Oh! and the people that occupy them of course.

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