Before going anywhere though, a morning of complete relaxation was on the cards - including a rather indulgent cake-for-breakfast setup! Although La Tarte Tropézienne is a delicious dessert associated with Saint-Tropez (more of that in Part Three), its popularity sees it stocked at a handful of bakeries in Saint Maxime for approximately 10 euros. I'm embarrassed to admit the sugared cake was about the size of my face, though at least it fuelled some energetic games of table tennis and pool under the sun!
132 Prom. Commandant Guilbaud
No visit to Saint-Raphaël is complete without having seen the landscape from above. So before leaving, time was made to hop on the ferris wheel (1 token = 3 spins) to gain an even better perspective on the lively location. Up, up and up into the sunset. This is undoubtedly a moment that will stay with me forever; the sight of the sun slowly dropping beneath the horizon far in the distance. Nothing could ever possibly compare to the enormous effect of the sun - and when you really consider that and let it sink in for a moment, it serves as a wonderful reminder of just how small we each are.
Though just before we hit the point of ultimate relaxation (aka. point of no return and eternal laziness), it was time to dress up once more and head out into Sainte-Maxime. A walk along the long stretch of golden sand later and a world of restaurants, late-night boutiques and ice cream shops revealed themselves. I did my utmost not to embellish the blue, floral-printed maxi dress I was wearing with chocolate fondant pudding, before wandering through the boutiques and picking up a few pieces of linen for the remaining summer. Speaking of which, I adore the thigh-high split on this maxi - it was a fab way of keeping my legs cool underneath the dinner table!
Dress - Club L Maxi Dress with Front-Split (ASOS)
|Excuse the last-minute stance - caught emerging up the stairs!|