Another leisurely start to the day was in order as the intensity of our Spanish schedule looms. Tomorrow we set off of Marseille, but today we wanted to get our fill on our final day on Cote d’Azur, so we set of for the nearby medieval village of Grimaud – and it is delightful! It is picturesque, with tiny lanes, flower-draped doorways and amazing views, especially from the ruins of the C11th chateau.
We explored the pretty lanes with the lovely stone houses, strolling up and down and enjoying the peaceful setting. Three of us then climbed the hill to the ruined chateau perched on top of the hill – the great reward was the view, and feeling the history all around us.
The village was very quiet when we arrived, but by the time we were ready for lunch, the cafes were filling up- it seemed to be a very popular lunchtime venue. I had spent a lot of time taking photos, only to discover while waiting for our lunch, that there was smudge on the lens of my camera -apologies right now then for the photos taken before our lunch – once the lens was cleaned, situation normal…..
Clem’s, the cafe where we lunched was extremely popular and the dishes were enormous. Service was slow but it was relaxing sitting and chatting and doing a spot of people-watching. I noticed a sign on the wall of the house directly opposite – a famous literary person, Suzanne Prou was born there.
Our return to the car parked some distance away offered a chance to take a few more snapshots with a clean lens.
On our way back to the house, we asked to be dropped back at Saint-Tropez so we could go back to the Citadel and see it from the inside and take in more of the magnificent view. It was quite fascinating, seeing the history of the place – I have said the French do it so well and this was no exception.
Our final dinner here in Saint Tropez was at Restaurant L’Olive – a very popular restaurant up near the citadel. It was a perfect place to celebrate fifty plus years of outstanding friendship and a wonderful 7 days on the Cote d’Azur.