France: St. Tropez, provence area, boat option

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France / St. Tropez

Question

How do I get to St. Tropez from Paris? Cancel out the option of getting a boat as I get sea-sick.

How do I do the bookings from London?

Answer

Hi!

Not sure if I understood your exact travel game plan and when you are planning to go. It is easy to skip the boat option to St. Tropez. You have other options! Do not know if you were planning to go down via rail or air from Paris. or. from London. TELL ME MORE! The Nice airport is nearby and very manageable. There are cabs or it might be best by private/rental car from that airport to St. Tropez. In my view, having a car would be a good option to consider when in this area. A car also allows other options, including going to the wonderful and nearby Provence area. Is that of interest?

Without a car, you can try bus or rail. BUT! The closest train service would only get you to St. Raphael or Frejus, about 18-22 miles away. From there, you would have to use an expensive cab or the infrequent bus to get to St. Tropez. Neither are perfect or ideal. Anther reason for having the rental car. Bus service in many parts of France is only so so, at best. The transportation star is the train, especially from Paris to other major cities and/or on the great TGV Express. Great service from Paris to Avignon and Aix. A little less ideal getting closer to St. Tropez. You can get near there via train, it is just not quite as quick, easy and direct. St. Tropez is more isolated, favored by those richer who have their own cars (or better) and are not needing to get there via train or bus. There is also a helicopter option from Nice airport to St. Tropez. Fast and scenic, but far from cheap.

For train from London to Paris, the Eurostar is wonderful. You can get more details schedule info from

www.raileurope.com

Standard service is fine for the less than three hour trip from Waterloo Station in London to Paris. No need to spend the big bucks from 1st class. Lots of times for travel via this route. Middle of the day is cheaper, in most cases.

The coastal drive between St. Raphael and Cannes is very, very beautiful.

Below is more on Provence, Eze, etc.

Does this help? What are your reactions and needs for added information? Be happy to provide additional info and answer other questions after learning more from you. Be sure to complete the evaluation section so that our bosses on this volunteer service know we are working hard to make inquiring minds as happy as possible. ENJOY! Merci Beaucoup!

Thanks. Terry Casey in Columbus, Ohio

COASTAL SUGGESTION: The old village of Eze, along the coast between Nice and Monaco, hangs up in the mountains above the water and crowds. It’s wonderful to visit. Great, great views! Totally charming! Have lunch or dinner there at one of the two great eating places and feel like you’re sitting on the edge of paradise!

CONGESTION, TRAFFIC WARNINGS: Be properly warned that Nice, Cannes, Monaco, etc. can and will be extremely crowded during their peak tourism periods. Lots and lots of people (both residents and visitors), too many cars, too few highways and limited land between the mountains and sea to hold all comfortably and easily. The movies have made these large cities seem attractive and appealing. Don’t Cary Grant and Grace Kelly seem to be having fun there? So glamorous and exciting. For movies, they make it seem so wonderful. If you are rich and in the “best, right” areas, it can seem and be wonderful. BUT, that congestion might be a turn-off. It depends on what are you expecting, seeking and willing to pay for to hang with the rich and avoid the mobs in these famed area.

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PROVENCE: WHY IT IS A GREAT PLACE? ITS WONDERFUL OPTIONS:

Why do people love Provence? It is a region having a love affair with the land, earth and environment. The landscape is lush and verdant. Open-air markets have baskets of fresh herbs, fruits, flowers, fabrics, etc. The colorful spirit of the Mediterranean fills the air. Provence is nature at its purest. The sky is a piercing shade of blue. Fields are abundant and the air is clear. The climate ensures that spring, summer and fall yield magnificent and varied harvests. Throughout France, Provence is known for the best of everything natural. People in the area take great pride in these natural traditions for what they grow and how it is prepared in each village and every kitchen.

LOCATION: Provence has at its southern edge the famed Cote d’Azur with its wonderful coastline along the Mediterranean Sea. Generally Provence is consider the area east of the Rhone River with the Alps being the eastern border. Provence enjoys a southern sun that shines 320 days yearly, giving the region blue skies and mild temperatures year round. It is most picturesque in the spring with its flowering trees and shrubs. Summer offers local markets full of fresh harvests. Mid July is when the lavender field are in full bloom, filling the country air with a soothing fragrance. The Mistral winds can bring icy temperatures on bright sunny days. Getting lost can be fun in Provence. You can stumble across a charming village, history abbey or great tree-lined roadway.

KEY PROVENCE LOCATIONS:

AVIGNON is one of the great art cities of France. Its old part of town has the Papal Palace, seat of Popes 1309-1377, street musicians perform near palace; art museum in Place du Palais open Wednesday through Monday, population of 87,000, town is on Rhone River. Once the religious, political and financial capital, Avignon is today a cultural capital and plays host annually in July to the largest festival of live theatre in the world. It has some of the best example of Gothic architecture in Europe.


AIX-EN-PROVENCE (population of 125,000) with Cezanne’s studio on the road to Entremont; university town founded 122 B.C. as first Roman settlement in Gaul, near thermal springs, dining at Gu et Fils. An elegant and beautiful town, the visitor will enjoy discovering its ‘thousand fountains’ as he or she roams through its labyrinth of narrow streets. Aix-en-Provence is also renowned worldwide for its unique classical music festival.

Car travel to such nearby areas as ARLES, highest priority area city with Roman ruins, including 20,000 seat arena where bull fights are held in the summer; founded 49 B.C. by Julius Caesar, population of 52,000, Van Gogh’s former home. Tarascon has its 15th century castle. LES BAUX is a very neat medieval village with great views that has no major population now, but tourist flock to soak its history and great views. You should dine right near there at L’Outau de Beaumaniere for ONE OF THE BEST MEALS YOU CAN HAVE IN FRANCE (lunch is more affordable). NIMES has its Roman ruins and great old arena. Nimes was settled 121 B.C. and has a population of 140,000.

ST. REMY his its Roman ruins, a population of 9000 and is the setting of world-famous literature. Saint-Remy is one of the most representative of Provenзal towns and allows the visitor to appreciate the true charm of this oft-celebrated region of the country. It comes as no surprise that Saint Remy, like Cannes or Saint Tropez, is a destination for many well-known personalities. This Gallo-Roman village is on the plains 20 km south of Avignon. Residents more recent than the Romans include Dr. Schweitzer, Dr. Nostradamus and Van Gogh. The picturesque, old village is protected by the circular 14th-century wall which is lined by its protective circle of buildings. Its dolphin fountain is located in the shaded square in front of a 16th century old convent. This is a busy, active village, with a good selection of restaurants and hotels for the traveller. Among the shops are a few with some regional pottery, including some beautiful sunflower plates influenced by Van Gogh. The road between St. Remy and the autoroute (at Cavaillon, 17 km to the east) is a scenic drive out of the past: the road is lined by plane trees .

PONT DU GARD (Roman aqueduct/bridge) to the west of Avignon is a must see; Saturday AM market at Uzes near Pont du Gard can be totally charming and wonderful.

Try good Provence website of:

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