Gorges Du Verdon is a 25km long and – wow – 700m deep canyon that is followed by a little road with spectacular views. Not only on to the amazing rock formations of the canyon but also towards Lake of Sainte-Croix which stands out by its vibrant turquoise color.
After the drive along the gorge I accidentally visited St. Tropez. Accidentially, you’ll say, how did that happen? Well, as a non-French-speaker many of those places sound pretty much alike, especially when you’re driving and navigating at the same time – and yeah, navigating not with an gps but the old-fashioned way with a map – they still exist, you know 😉
So, to finish this big day off, I thought I visit the cathedral in Saint-Maximin which was rather close by were I stayed for a few nights. First, I used the map, later on I followed signposts. My gut feeling told me something was not quite right when those signs sent me towards “the left”, my gut feeling told me this Saint-Maximin should be slightly further towards “the right”. Well, what should I say, I only recognized that this was not Saint-Maximin but Sainte-Maxime when I parked the car and found out that I’m by the sea. That’s at least something I was sure about: Saint-Maximin is not by the sea, but definitely inland. 🙂
But to make the best of this little misunderstanding I visited St. Tropez which is just around the corner from Sainte-Maxime. Well, if the rich and the beautiful are hanging out in St. Tropez, Cannes and the like, they were hiding when I was there. Of course I saw some of the expected big boats and luxury cars but that was it. People were not even better dressed than elsewhere. Or, which is also very possible, they were not hiding, I just didn’t recognize them 🙂
Downside of that trip to St. Tropez was the way home. Instead of a 15mins drive from Saint-Maximin it was a solid 2.5 hours drive home. Made it home really late and really exhausted … but it was a good day! 😀