Villa St. Tropez

Bardot in st tropez

"Dazzling sun, rich older men, blue skies and convertibles are as much a part of the backdrop to St-Tropez today as they were when Vadim's film about the wild teenage orphan Juliette with a passion for Mambo and caddishly handsome Antoine (Christian Marquand), launched Bardot into superstardom.

Simultaneously, it thrust St-Tropez - formerly an insignificant fishing village - into the limelight, and the fishing village promptly re-invented itself as the Cristal-quaffing, diamond-rattling playground for the hyper-branché that it is today.

Although little of the original simplicity remains, the warm colours, stylish shops, cobbled streets, harbourside cafes and wild beach clubs make it worth a visit.
And for those who prefer rural calm to jet-setting, vineyards and peaceful pine forests can still be found hidden in the lanes of its Ramatuelle district.

A great way to recapture the atmosphere of the film is on The Bardot Trail, starting at the Nouveau Port (location of the boatyard in the film) and passing the super yachts around quai Bouchard, before stopping at quai Peri where ‘boat tours of celebrity villas' visit Bardot's former villa La Madrague. "

From Times on line, August 8, 2005