PICKED UP A CAR AND WE'RE OFF
25.05.2011 - 25.05.2011 32 °C
Early morning we picked up a diesel rental car from Avis (EU419 for 2 weeks) and headed off towards St Tropez along the coast road around the Esterel Massif - the section from La Napoule to St Raphael is breathtaking
We stopped at St Tropez for a couple of hours and had a good look around the Musee de l'Annonciade - mainly post-impressionist work displayed in a lovely old chapel by the quay. We both really liked the feel of St Tropez but it was very crowded and can't imagine what it would be like in summer - maybe like Padstow in Cornwall
And then we ran into our first problem of the trip; from St Tropez we headed for Hyeres as we'd read that it was a long-established "beach" area and could make a good overnight stop. Well it was really uninspiring so we decided to try La Seyne-sur-Mer on the far side of the bay around Toulon - a container port! Finally we found an idyllic little fishing port called Sanary-sur-Mer and and an idyllic hotel right on the quayside. Of course it was completely full but just up the road (and not on the quay) was the little Hotel le Gallieni - pretty basic but only EU59. We then spent the entire evening in a quayside cafe, drinking rose.