WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SOMERSET
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THE PERFECT TRIP TO THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
In July myself and my gorgeous family headed off for a week away. I even managed to time in some photography work on our short, but wonderful holiday, making for the best kind of summer trip!
Côte d’Azur, in South-Eastern France, is home to many of my favourite things, medieval cobbled highstreets, stunning hill range views and amazing bi-weekly markets in the pretty stone squares there. This summer we hopped on a plane and set up camp in the village of La Garde-Freinet and it totally exceeded our expectations.
Our villa was so blissful with an infinity pool, lovely gardens and woodlands surrounding the property grounds, high ceilings, an epic fireplace and traditional French styling throughout. If you don’t mind curvy mountainous access roads, this town is a must see!
The beautiful farm house we stayed in was near The Chapelle Saint Clément, a stunning chapel at the bottom of the hill, which combines simple Romanesque and contemporary styles and dates back to the Middle Ages. It was restored by the sculptor Di Teana and it was lovely to do some work there!
During our stay we enjoyed many lazy mornings with Pain au Chocolat, strong coffee, fresh oranges, baguettes with homemade marmalade, and the occasional treat of Lindt Hazelnut Chocolate Spread (which can be bought here for half the price of the U.K. one!). Lunches were just as amazing, as we enjoyed delicious cheeses (Plateau de Fromage was my favourite), Pâté and “Salade Niçoise”. We had the most stunning array of deserts and naughty treats too, including (but not limited to), Madeleines, Fruit Tarts and of course many Crêpes!
Most of our evenings were spent at Grimaud Port and Prairies de la Mer, where we walked and dined along the beach at “The Sun” please see here if it’s of interest.
I’d also highly recommended a trip to the old town of Grimaud and to the beautiful Castle Ruins. The Castle, built in the eleventh century, is a classified historic monument and was truly bewitching to explore; the views were absolutely magnificent and well worth a look! Grimaud resembles a mosaic, made up of a collection of districts and hamlets, dominated to the north by the old Medieval village. The village, surrounded by the foothills of the Massif des Maures, oak forests and chestnut trees, overlooks the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.
Of course, we had to visit Saint-Tropez during our stay too. Whilst there, we went to the Musee De L’Annonciade, where their collection includes work by Matisse, Signac, Bonnard and many other artists that were living in Saint-Tropez at the end of the 18th Century. The entrance fee is 6€ but it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re an art lover like me.
During our day in Saint-Tropez we walked along the Place Des Lices and couldn’t resist a trip to the no.1 rated ice-cream parlour, “Barbarac” which serves the most delicious and varying options of wonderful ice cream I think I’ve ever experienced and you must go if you find yourself in Saint-Tropez! I went for “Kinder Bueno flavour” - if you like chocolate and hazelnut – you’d like that too!
There was just enough time to visit St Maxime where we thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous beach and ate at “Jardin Tropezina”. I had the most delicious Moules, enjoyed a live DJ, saxophonist and lapped up the cool atmosphere!
Surprisingly we still managed to fit in a lot of relaxation time, mooching by the pool, reading great books and enjoying a game of cards or two with a mug of strong French coffee and a macaroon (or five). We were absolutely spoilt with such a beautiful villa, with great food, stunning views, white sand beaches just a stone’s throw away and even better company!