The drive to dinner looked something like this. All photos by Amanda Marsalis.
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CÔTE D'AZUR, France – I was in France visiting my old friend Tom at his family home in Plan de La Tour. I met Tom thirteen years ago when I was traveling in Zanzibar. I had agreed to go out on a boat with him and a bunch of scuba divers, even though I have a tendency to get very seasick. As I turned an awful shade of green, Tom (who was only a stranger back then), took pity on me and helped me until we got back to shore. We've been friends ever since.
Throughout the years, Tom has been a big part of my travels. I visited when he lived in Australia. We travelled together to Morocco. We've met up in New York. I've gone to see his family in Bath, England. But my all-time favorite place to spend time with my dear old friend is at his family's house in the south of France. My ultimate happy place.
Wondering around the village of Plan De La Tour on my first morning in France. Of course, our first stop was the boulangerie.
Stocked up on some beautiful, fresh, and locally sourced strawberries from the market. We'll need them to snack on while drinking rosé – don't mind if we do!
Lucky for me, having an architect friend who owns a house in the south of France has its perks. I spend as much time as possible in or near the pool when I'm visiting.
Grab a coffee, buy the paper, and take a seat at . Sit here for hours to people watch and to keep an eye on the yachts coming in, in true Saint-Tropez style.
There's nothing prettier than a view like this: yachts and boats galore. Just a reminder of why people flock here from around the world.
Yachts Face Off
Fascinated by boats, but too seasick to climb aboard. I'll always be watching from dry ground!
Where's Your Anchor?
The love for boats bleeds over to anchors. This one even matches my truly special anchor tattoo.
Perfect Little Treats
There are countless bakeries selling cakes and French pâtisseries all over Saint Tropez. The local tarte Tropézienne, which I affectionately call "Saint Tropez Cake," is an ultimate favorite. (Let's just say I'm glad it's not sold anywhere near my house in Los Angeles!)
Ride to Dinner
Driving down the coast at sunset in this little French car is a classic, you-must-not-miss moment. It may be the highlight of your trip, too.
From St.Tropez with Love
There's no doubt people still love to receive an old-fashioned letter in the mail. Whenever I travel I always try to send a few out to old friends. With Love, Amanda.
There's no place like for handmade leather sandals. A gentleman measures your feet and makes you a pair that will fit perfectly. I love it!
Stumbled across this cute little alley while wandering the streets of Saint Tropez after people watching. The ideal way to spend a leisurely afternoon.
Tasty Rose Petals
At , they serve the prettiest gelato in the form of a rose. Who could resist?
In the Basket
The fresh markets in the South of France were my first experience with farmers' markets. Olives, fresh goat cheese, and produce. Throw it all in, and you've got yourself a meal!
Dinner with a View
A small pebble beach with tropical waters, is a favorite spot for dinner and for lounging all day with a bottle of rosé.
Blue and White
Beach loungers, topless French women, warm calm water, and a great wine list. We'll stay here for the day.