Saturday in Saint-Tropez started in stark contrast to our daybreak just 24 hours earlier. And that was a good thing - the weather in Saint-Tropez was beautiful: a perfect sunny day with a clear blue sky and a temperature of about 28°c with no hint of humidity. Did we say perfect? Oh yeah...we did, but it bears repeating. Or, in light of the venue...parfaite!
We rose early to watch the ship’s approach into Saint-Tropez and met up with Shaun & Nona for breakfast at 7:45am. It was an easy choice to find a spot on the open deck at the back of the ship to enjoy breakfast outside in the sun. By the time we were eating the ship had already anchored in the Bay of Saint-Tropez (Golfe de Saint Tropez) and the sea was pleasantly calm. Following breakfast we did a quick freshen up back in our room then set off to the Cabaret Lounge in preparation for our tour. We didn’t need to wait too long before we set off to the gangway. Stepping onto the tender was a joy compared to the previous day’s adventure. It was a short and calm ride to the shore where we met our tour guide and boarded a bus that would take us to our first stop of Port Grimaud.
Back on Azamara Journey in the late afternoon it was good to relax a bit and enjoy the view of Saint-Tropez from our balcony. After a bit of rest and refreshment we opted to visit the Mosaic Café once again for a nice cappuccino and a chat about our glorious day in Saint-Tropez.
Following our coffee break we went up to the open deck on Deck 10 and watched the band and singers practising for a dance party scheduled to start at 9:00pm and also watched the final preparations for a Mediterranean Outdoor Buffet that was just about to start on Deck 9 with some additional tables being set up on Deck 10. While the buffet looked good, we opted to return to Discoveries for the normal good service and great food brought to us. As more and more people started to arrive to enjoy stake their claim of a table and enjoy the buffet we decided to make our way back to our room to get cleaned up and ready for dinner ourselves. We went to dinner around 8:00pm and weren’t disappointed by our choice - the food and service was at the level we had come to expect at Discoveries. By the time we had finished dinner and made our way back to the open deck the “Rock the Boat” dance party was in full swing. We went up to Deck 10 to look down on the party taking place one deck below.
At 11:00pm the show changed dramatically - with a fireworks display taking place off the coast of Saint-Tropez. We couldn't find out definitively, but common sense says the fireworks were somehow connected to the sailing regatta that we saw part of earlier in the day. It was fun to watch the fireworks display that seemed to last a pretty long time...and we had a great vantage point on the open deck of Azamara Journey. It was clear to recognize the building crescendo nearing the final burst of fireworks as the display drew to a close, and once it dissipated our ship started a cacophony of horns that echoed throughout the bay in appreciation of the show we had just seen. For us, the fireworks were a fitting end to a wonderful day in Saint-Tropez.
Final thoughts on Saint-Tropez? It truly is a beautiful part of the world, with lovely landscapes and great views pretty much in every direction. The elevated views from the castle in Grimaud and the Citadelle in Saint-Tropez were absolutely spectacular. It was busy, particularly around the port in St Tropez, yet there did seem to be a laid back feel to the place. We could easily see ourselves returning to Saint-Tropez.
The excitement was building. Tomorrow...Monaco.
WHITEonline is the digital home of Gary & Linda White. We’ve been married since 1980 and live just outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Linda was born and raised in Toronto while Gary was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of 11. We enjoy travelling and taking photos while we travel. WHITEonline provides the opportunity to share some of our photos & experiences.