Twist a St.-Trop.
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Leaving the Camargue in the southeast part is like a culture shock. Passing the Grand Rhône branch by ferry, you immediately are in the industrial area of Fos sur Mer, which also includes refineries. Unbelievable with such a unique landscape only a few kilometers away! With my noose shut I drove south of the étang de Berre and north of this disaster causing megacity of Marseille to Gardanne. Gardanne was put on canvas by Van Goghs friend Paul Cézanne and on photopaper by Van Goghs fellow countryman Pol Vandenwirre, yours truly. For me, however, the most interesting part of Gardanne was the ATM at the town square...
Time to enjoy the good French toll road for some formula one style driving to Saint-Tropez. This original fihermen's village was put on the map thanks to Brigitte Bardot, who still lives here when she's not cuddling seals. Major attraction is the rich and the famous (or rather their boats) on the Vieux Port. Strolling the Quais is a popular occupation. I enjoyed the colourful paintings (with a variance of quality) and the terraces at the waterfront. I only gave a glimpse to the champagne drinkers on the boats at the other side of the quai. The village behind the port is also interesting. You can visit the Chapelle de la Misericorde and Jarlier tower. From the ramparts of the citadel you get a spectacular view over the rooftops of the town onto the Golfe de Saint-Tropez.