Hotel Le Mandala
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I feel so bad, I fell back to sleep & made Gabe late for school!
After dropping Gabe off at school, we headed to the Friday market in a village called, Valbonne. It was a nice drive & didn't seem to take us long to get there. Jackie & Patrick are so good to point things out along the way.
When we arrived, we went to a quaint outdoor cafe for coffee & fresh croissants. ...
... Le Bouchon d'Agui. Patrick took me inside to look at the chef's kitchen & it was amazing how small it was & to see the beautiful dishes that come out of it. Chef Jean Michael (I hope I got his name right) was busy plating stuffed squid, which unfortunately sold out by the time we ordered.
Alaine, a friend of theirs, who is also a chef & has his own restaurant, joined us. Two of the chef's specials had already sold out, so Jackie ...
... were given two lounge cushions with an adjustable wooden back that permitted adjusting the lounge as you would a typical chaise.
They have a small, quaint restaurant (also constructed of the driftwood type wood and canvas and thatched roofs), basic showers and a nice, sandy beach. What appears to be the key feature of the club is a small dock that greets the tenders and small boats that bring their ...
... and towels, as they were recently left out on the line to dry. Paula would be in HEAVEN! So...we took a picture.
Stores close at 1, and reopen at 3 (typically) - and since we got a late start, we choose to power through the town as much as possible, and if a store was open, well, FINE!
We walked to the beach and saw our ship off in the harbor - quite a sight! We wandered back to the port, and decided to partake in a gelato ...
... we always improvise…
We stopped in a place where in 1944, US troops attacked the beach to begin their southern French campaign against the Germans. It has one of the original beach troop boats there as a monument. We thought the place was pretty sombre, but it was actually being used as a kind of camp park..
In Saint Tropez, little more that a little cute harbor, but somehow made famous by Bridget Bardot, is full of rich and exorbitant shops which ...