Mon 6 Sep 10
Monday, 06 September, 2010 12:09:
St Tropez ["tro-PAY"] has been famous with the jet setters as the place to come. Bridgette Bardot helped increase the popularity and name recognition [she still lives in the area on a farm with lots of animals she cares for]. We visited 2 medieval towns Gassin and Ramatoule. Nice little towns. Gassin has the narrowest street in the world [less than 12 inches wide at the narrowest point]. Unfortunately for the shoppers in the crowd, all the shops are closed on Monday morning [at first I thought it was for Labor Day!].
The town itself is full of restaurants and expensive shops. There were a lot of artists along the road leading to the pier, that was kind of nice [the opposite side of the street seemed to be the center for gelato studies --- on the Riviera].
On the way back from the 2 villages this morning, we stopped at a nice beach [Ponton?] just outside of town. I learned something new. On June 6, 1944 the allies invaded Normandy, about 9 weeks later [Aug 15] the allies invaded the southern coast of France from N Africa. We visited the beach where US troops landed.
Tomorrow there is a local market in the park in town and the ladies are going back to try to prop up the economy!
All is well and we are all thankful for the great weather that we have had. Today is was in the mid-upper 70s.