In My Viewfinder: Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez, No Longer Just A Small Fishing Village

We spent yesterday in Saint-Tropez, that magical place where the rich and famous congregate — along with the rest of us.

In this gorgeous seaside village in Var Provence, you can buy a bottle of champagne for €100,000. If you want it, you can find it in Saint-Tropez.

I heard a story of a man who recently spent €1.2 million during one night in Saint-Tropez. It may have been a fair investment, however, for the publicity he received in return. If you want to be seen, Saint-Tropez is the place.

Of course, you don’t have to be a multi-millionaire or arrive by yacht or helicopter to enjoy Saint-Tropez. You can step ashore in this town of 5,000 along with the other 5 million visitors who come here annually in search of a little Provencal authenticity and occasional celebrity sightings.

At the Saint-Tropez Fish Market

Saint-Tropez was a small fishing village at the beginning of the 20th century, but later became an internationally known seaside resort, principally because of the influx of artists of the French New Wave in cinema and the Yé-yé movement in music. Painters were attracted to Saint-Tropez because of the light, ever present.

Of course, you can’t think of Saint-Tropez without thinking of Brigette Bardot. She was discovered on a small beach in Saint-Tropez and still lives here.
The stunning 18-year-old beauty starred in the 1956 film “And God Created Woman,” appearing nude in the opening scenes and making her mark on audiences worldwide forever. Suddenly, the small fishing village was on the international map.
Sasha, the Brigette Bardot artist in Saint-Tropez
The narrow streets of Saint-Tropez
For a good lunch away from the crowds, get out of town.
Follow the signs to the beach known as Plage des Graniers
Head down to the beach for a table on the sand.
The local rosé wine is refreshing.
Fish doesn't get any fresher than this.
The Tropezienne Terrace, a particular style of Saint-Tropez.
At the citadel.
View of Saint-Tropez from the Citadel
Jewelry for your pets? Yes, you can find it in Saint-Tropez.
Playing Pétanque, a version of bocce ball.
An easy life in the afternoon
Pétanque balls
In pursuit of the authentic La Tarte Tropezienne
The origins of the Tarte Tropézienne date back to 1955 when "exiled" Polish baker Alexandre Micka, developed it to commemorate the film "And God Created Woman." The star of the movie, Brigette Bardot, loved the cake and suggested the name.

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