A return to Sainte-Maxime was on the menu for today – we loved it on previous visits and our response remains the same. It is a delightful seaside town with a great ambience, so we set off after breakfast to let Dave get the feel of the place. We managed to snag a park close to the side streets and wandered through at a leisurely pace. We took coffee in a shaded cafe, explored some more of the little lanes running off main thoroughfares, and found ourselves near the Marina where one can see the 16th century La Tour Carré (now a museum) and the beautiful L’eglise de Sainte-Maxime.
Sainte Maxime provided goodies for lunch and we returned home to eat outside in the shade. St Tropez has a big market on Tuesdays so we sauntered off in the hot sun to catch the tail end of the market, but sadly all the stalls were being dismantled. No matter – some serious shoe shopping was done and we walked home around the harbour which is bulging with expensive boats.
As we walked home we decided to stop in and have drink at the little bar on the public beach at the bottom of our street. The beach is small and sheltered and is much more pleasant (in my opinion) than Pampelonne.
Dinner at dusk in restaurant with a view out over the harbour was superb. We had seen the spot previously when we took lunch nearby – La Pesquiere et Le Mazagran appealed because of its position and its menu, and it was indeed a great choice. Wandering back to the car afterwards took us through lowly lit streets, bursting at the seams with animated diners, and past some very arty shop displays – the ambience is fantastic, and we discovered a part of St Tropez we had not yet explored.
Tomorrow – Nice and Antibes….