Friday, April 1, 2011

St. Tropez

When I saw the itinerary for the press trip, I was absolutely delighted. I viewed a day trip to St. Tropez on the French Riviera as an extra special treat — one I didn't want to miss!

The hour-long drive to St. Tropez from our hotel was wonderful. The road took us by some of Provence's most charming medieval villages and in sight of picturesque hills and valleys. The journey was the perfect prelude to our arrival to a dreamy destination!

Over the years, I had heard a lot about St. Tropez, its white sandy beaches and stunning architecture. I knew St. Tropez  attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year — including many of the world's most celebrated and elite. Calling St. Tropez the playground of the rich and famous would be, if anything, an understatement.


The famous folks, like the rest of us, go to St. Tropez to work on their tans, drop money on unneeded things and take in all the sights from behind their trendy Foster Grants. They hang out at sidewalk cafes, hoping to see or be seen by some of their favorite film stars.

In the 1950s, St. Tropez became a popular destination for many of the world's finest artists too, so it was not unusual to bump into the likes of Picasso, Francoise Sagan or Jacques PrĂ©vert and others.

When Brigette Bardot came to St. Tropez in the 60s, the city's reputation as a popular vacation spot for chic Parisians and the jet set was undeniable.

Now, I am here too. Writing about this special place for successful women in Houston. Who would have thought it possible?

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