Sunday morning began with another road trip, this time to Port Grimaud, a lively town on the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Described as the Venice of France, it was the brainchild of architect Francois Spoerry, who envisioned a Cite Lacustre when he designed the quaint port and canals back in the 1960′s. We arrived at the height of the bustling Sunday market, but no shopping for us because we had a boat to catch. Quelle dommage.
Mdm. H certainly knows how to throw a party complete with more champagne, canapés, plenty of friends, and a quartet perched on the back of the boat playing big-band tunes as we sailed along the canals.
We quickly became the center of attention as the pedestrians filled the bridges to get a peek. Back at the dock and the boat ride over, it was time for lunch!
M. E, the son of Birthday Boy and Mdm. H, owns La Table du Mareyeur, a waterside seafood restaurant favored by locals and stars alike. (The walls are lined with photographic proof, of the stars at least.)
Lunch began with fruits de mer featuring a delicious selection of bivalves and crustaceans. M. E, in the white shirt, is the restaurant’s owner.
Such an amazing finale to a wonderful celebration, and to think that I was lucky enough to be a part of it. I guess one never knows where a bit of good fortune and a momentary lack of nerve will lead. And I never even got Birthday Boy a gift…however I did send a them a thank you note as soon as I got home.