Over the weekend, we took a little drive to St. Tropez. I always say that I would never be caught dead in St. Tropez during the summer but, as I am apt to do, I changed my mind and I decided that I would be caught dead in St. Tropez any day, any season. Why? Because it is fabulous. It’s basically Paris at the beach and what could be better than that?
I have had a long love affair with St. Tropez since I was 18 years old. You can read all about it HERE. I decided that I wanted to take Gracie there this weekend with my husband so she could see it and remember it with me. At this point with my ALS, I am all about creating memories with Gracie and David. Gracie hates this because it usually involves us waking up at the crack of dawn, taking a road trip, sightseeing and taking a lot of pictures of her. Not exactly what a 20-year-old wants to do with her parents every weekend. Ask me if I care…
So off we went to St. Tropez. It took about two and half hours to get there from our house and we made it just in time for the farmers market in the famous Place des Lices. I remembered it well from my youth… Vegetables, fruits, roasting chickens, Provençal spices, olives, the beautiful trees, the older gentleman playing pétanque… Heaven on earth. Even though it was the dead of winter, the sun was shining and it was wonderful.
We took a little walk through the village. 90% of the town was closed which was just fine for me because there were no tourists. It was actually great because I could “see” and appreciate the town much better this way. It was quiet and peaceful and could not have been more charming. Let’s take a look…
We stopped by the little museum, Le Musee de L'Annonciade, which is in a converted 16th century chapel and has works by Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Bonnard and Vuillard…
The only restaurant that was open was a teeny tiny Thai food restaurant on the harbor. We were starving so we ordered everything…Nem (fried spring rolls that you wrap in lettuce and mint that you dip in a tangy /sweet sauce), shrimp pad Thai, and Seabass wrapped in coconut leaves with vegetables. Absolutely delicious! The restaurant only had four customers so the service was great!
After lunch, we decided to drive to some neighboring villages…Ramatuelle and Gassin. The billion dollar price tag for real estate in this neck of the woods is completely warranted if you ask me.
We drove down to the famous Pampelonne beaches (Tahiti beach, Club 55) for a trip down memory lane. I couldn’t help myself but laugh at the irony that the last time I was at these beaches I was in a bikini, drinking champagne and dancing on tables… And now, in a wheelchair, breathing machine and all bundled up because “I can’t get cold.” You can either cry or laugh at the situation. I might have done both.
So that was our weekend… St. Tropez, fabulous all year around, then and now.
*Okay, so I have made a decision… I really want to finish this book that I have been writing. I started it four years ago and I’m still not finished! Sometimes I get distracted, sometimes I get uninspired and sometimes it’s just difficult emotionally to write. However, I think it’s important that I do this for Gracie. And for you. It’s not just a book about “what happened”, it’s also a book about how I dealt with “what happened.” It’s obviously a comedy. Just kidding/no I’m not. I am hoping that the book will be reflective and inspiring and hysterical because what’s more hysterical than getting ALS at 40 years old? So, in order for me to focus and finish this book I’m going to have to take a break from the blog. Maybe a month, maybe less. I might write a post here and there if something awesome happens but mostly I will just be trying to finish the book. But don’t worry, I am never far away… I will be posting daily on Instagram. Follow me HERE! And don’t worry about the shop, I will be posting updates and sneak peeks on Instagram daily with new items, antiques and more. In fact, I have some antique goodies that I will post this week. So, just follow me and we can stay in touch!
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