⪧ We left our life in New York City to make a new one in Provence ⪦

July 17, 2011

Another stretch of the Sentier du Littoral.



There is a run I like to do after work because it is very close and very stunning. It also involves the Sentier du Littoral (great promise) - a different stretch. This time, you start at la Plage de la Moutte (near des Salins in St. Tropez). Instead of turning right to go the beach there, you turn left and follow the sea path all the way around the mass of land upon which sit Les Parcs de St. Tropez. Les Parcs de St. Tropez are filled with mansions/villas like this one:



(As an aside, in order to take this photograph, I rode my scooter to the gated entrance of this very ritzy and clannish community and used my charm to convince the gateman I just wanted to do a quick ride around those streets - you know, just a Sunday evening stroll on the scooter. He hesitated, but with a few extra pleading smiles he caved, with one provision: "pas de photo," said he. Well, this is the only photograph I took, so I broke the rule only once. I became somewhat paranoid because once I started noticing, there were video cameras at every entrance and turn in the road. These people were serious about their privacy/hideout houses.)



Back to the path. It stands to reason that if each of these houses abuts the sea and these houses were built on the best land in St. Tropez, the trail here is bound to be special. Plus, since all the villa owners have boats and this is their portal to the sea, the path is often crafted into specially built staircases, stretches of path. You pass by dock after charming dock snaking out into the ocean. Nice that the rich so generously ameliorated this length of the way.























There is an ideal time to do this run: right when the setting sun strikes its match.

8 comments:

la_sale_bete said...

Beautiful! I love your unauthorized photo, and these paths/docks mixing nature/culture are amazing.

Julie said...

it is so beautiful.

Brad said...

Wow! Gorgeous.

Rosie said...

Stunning shots Em!

alpal said...

when the sun strikes it match, indeed! i love the stair entrance to the sea, and more so when it is completely immersed in water.

Xtreme English said...

maybe in my next life i can come back to live in St Tropez--or what's the even nicer place? Remuelle??

Emilie said...

ramatuelle...both very nice indeed :)

Maria Petrova said...

Em. SO GORGEOUS. Seriously. Absolute thrill to see.

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