Two days ago we set off at the crack of dawn, leaving Venice and Ca Angeli armed with bags of goodies they generously provided, since we were going to miss their delicious breakfast. The water taxi was already waiting for us when we reached the jetty, and as we got into the boat it felt almost eerie, the canal being deserted except for a few refuse collection barges.


We had no issues collecting the car from Garage San Marco, and we were soon loading the bags ready to set off on our 700K trip to St Tropez. With a few roadside stops along the way, scores of tunnels later, and a detour to Nice Aiport to pick up our friend Dave who is joining our happy band for ten days, we arrived at our stunning villa in Domaine de Castellane.

Finally I get to stay in the pale apricot, blue-shuttered Provencal villa that I have hankered after for so long – the villa in Callas we rented two years ago was similar, but more like a Spanish finca from the outside – this one is iconic. It has four well-appointed bedrooms, a pool, a comfortably furnished gazebo, and several outdoor eating spaces – perfect for a late summer southern soujourn. Heavenly …


We braved a very busy supermarket once we had unpacked, loading up a huge trolley and returning to the villa for a good old Kiwi style BBQ, which we ate outside in the balmy air.


Yesterday, we took an early morning walk into St Tropez, to acquaint Dave with the town – it was not as busy as on our previous visit. We had a coffee beside the famous Senequier – no 20 Euro coffee and cakes this time – been there done that!

Post coffee,  we walked around the little harbour and then found a lovely shady place in the old town for lunch. Personally I am happy to be eating French cuisine again – smaller meals and less carbs! My omelette with “fines herbes” was delicious.


After lunch we explored the shady side streets in the town, but many of the shops were not open, being a Sunday, so we just enjoyed walking in the cool lanes, then made our way back to the villa for some pool time.

It was very hot – 30 degrees and a little higher than that later in the day. We dined outdoors again, everyone well rested after a long flight for Dave and a long drive for us. Now it is time to explore….