Inspiration | 10th June 2024

Inspired by the French Riviera

Last summer, Tarja and Matilda embarked on a vacation to Southern France, a region known for its stunning landscapes and charming towns. Their journey took them to two particularly enchanting destinations: St. Tropez and St. Paul de Vence.

St. Tropez

In the lovely Provençal village of Saint-Tropez, known for its immaculate maze of cobbled lanes, boutiques, and charming cottages with painted shutters. Saint-Tropez has managed to retain a quiet charm with its narrow streets, traditional restaurants shaded by grapevines, and a pretty harbor lined with wooden masts. 

It is easy to see the attraction of this once tiny fishing village, with its beautiful beaches, yachts, exclusive boutiques, and cafes exuding French Riviera chic. No wonder Tarja found inspiration in this marvelous town for her next summer collection, drawing from its hues, fabrics, and moods.

Tarja & Matilda's favourite spots

Senequier

By midday, their appetites led them to Sénéquier, a legendary café situated right on the picturesque harbor. Renowned for its rich history and vibrant ambiance, Sénéquier is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely afternoon bite.

Le Club 55

The restaurant located on the iconic Indie Beach is an essential destination for anyone looking to enjoy a memorable lunch. With its famous veggie board and exquisite seafood plates, this spot has earned its reputation as a must-visit for food enthusiasts. The combination of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and the stunning beachside setting makes dining here an unparalleled experience.

Barbarac

There’s nothing better in the middle of the day than a leisurely stroll through the lovely streets of Saint-Tropez. This will inevitably take you to the bustling harbour where a delicious treat awaits. A stop at Barbarac, famous for its artisan ice cream, is the perfect place to treat your sweet tooth. With a tempting range of flavors crafted with the finest ingredients, a ball or two from Barbarac is a perfect way to enjoy a refreshing and delicious break during your day.

Le Sube's Lounge Bar

Le Subé Lounge Bar is the perfect place to unwind with its Art Deco decor and English mahogany bar. Guests can enjoy their time on a sunny terrace, while relaxing in a refined atmosphere. The venue is ideal for a relaxing break with stunning views of yachts and sailboats.

Le Tigrr

If you're looking for the perfect spot to enjoy a sunset view this late summer, Tarja and Matilda recommend Le Tigrr restaurant.

Gioia

Tarja and Matilda highly recommend Gioia Restaurant in St. Tropez. It's a must-visit for anyone seeking an exquisite dining experience. It's renowned for its chic and modern ambiance. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner, you can expect a memorable meal in a vibrant yet elegant setting.

Senequier

By midday, their appetites led them to Sénéquier, a legendary café situated right on the picturesque harbor. Renowned for its rich history and vibrant ambiance, Sénéquier is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely afternoon bite.

Le Club 55

The restaurant located on the iconic Indie Beach is an essential destination for anyone looking to enjoy a memorable lunch. With its famous veggie board and exquisite seafood plates, this spot has earned its reputation as a must-visit for food enthusiasts. The combination of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and the stunning beachside setting makes dining here an unparalleled experience.

Barbarac

There’s nothing better in the middle of the day than a leisurely stroll through the lovely streets of Saint-Tropez. This will inevitably take you to the bustling harbour where a delicious treat awaits. A stop at Barbarac, famous for its artisan ice cream, is the perfect place to treat your sweet tooth. With a tempting range of flavors crafted with the finest ingredients, a ball or two from Barbarac is a perfect way to enjoy a refreshing and delicious break during your day.

Le Sube's Lounge Bar

Le Subé Lounge Bar is the perfect place to unwind with its Art Deco decor and English mahogany bar. Guests can enjoy their time on a sunny terrace, while relaxing in a refined atmosphere. The venue is ideal for a relaxing break with stunning views of yachts and sailboats.

Le Tigrr

If you're looking for the perfect spot to enjoy a sunset view this late summer, Tarja and Matilda recommend Le Tigrr restaurant.

Gioia

Tarja and Matilda highly recommend Gioia Restaurant in St. Tropez. It's a must-visit for anyone seeking an exquisite dining experience. It's renowned for its chic and modern ambiance. Whether you're enjoying a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner, you can expect a memorable meal in a vibrant yet elegant setting.

Morning bliss: La Ponche beach

Tarja and Matilda were chosen for morning spending time La Ponche beach, which set in a beautiful sheltered bay. Their morning starts with swimming and morning yoga which is so perfect for good start of the day. After this they have a breakfast on the terrace in the La Ponche Hotel.

Strolling through St. Tropez

After their leisurely morning, they decided to explore the vibrant atmosphere of St. Tropez, where narrow streets exude timeless charm. The town was a delightful mix of vibrant colors and historic charm. Tarja and Matilda wandered through narrow alleys lined with quaint shops, art galleries, and fragrant flower stalls.

Evening delights

Then they went to Le Subé Lounge Bar, where they relaxed and enjoyed a lively afternoon watching the Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez sailing competition on the Mediterranean coast. They brought a vibrant energy to the city, and elegant yachts and sailboats appeared on the horizon. At sunset, Tarja and Matilda enjoyed breathtaking views of the Tigre. The sky was coloured in gorgeous shades of orange and pink, creating a magnificent atmosphere.

St. Paul de Vence

After the excitement of St. Tropez, Tarja and Matilda found themselves in the peaceful and artistic village of Saint-Paul de Vence. Saint-Paul de Vence is a quaint medieval village perched on a hill, providing a nice contrast to the bustling St. Tropez. The narrow cobblestone streets, art galleries, and breathtaking views of the Provençal countryside really captured their hearts and imagination.

They often started their mornings with a leisurely stroll, popping into local boutiques and admiring contemporary art. The village's creative spirit was infectious, inspiring Tarja and Matilda as they explored.

One memorable day, they enjoyed brunch at La Colombe d'Or, a place with a fascinating history and lots of great art. They were sitting on the terrace, surrounded by lush greenery and some pretty impressive artworks. The food was made with fresh, local ingredients, which made every dish a delight. There was also the gentle hum of chatter and the fragrant scent of blooming flowers.

As the day drew to a close, they enjoyed the village's tranquil beauty. Dinner at La Colombe d'Or was pretty special. The dining room was decorated with art by Matisse, Delaunay and Kandinsky, which made a great setting for a meal.

After dinner, they went for a final evening stroll through the quiet, softly illuminated streets. The starry sky added a touch of magic, making their days in Saint-Paul de Vence feel truly special. Every moment was a beautiful blend of art, nature, and tranquility, leaving Tarja and Matilda with memories to cherish forever.

A Sanctuary of Art and Elegance

La Colombe D'or

From Georges Braque and Fernand Léger to Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso, La Colombe d’Or has been a magnet for creative minds. This rustic, family-run inn in Saint-Paul de Vence is a living museum, where art and history intertwine seamlessly. You’ll find a Picasso flower vase, a Braque still life, and a Calder mobile above the swimming pool, among other masterpieces.

The inn’s simple rooms, adorned with artworks by Maurice Bompard and Yves Klein, exude a timeless elegance. Over the years, La Colombe d’Or has also attracted a fashionable crowd, including François Truffaut, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Sophia Loren.

Whether you’re here to admire the art, savor the Provençal cuisine, or simply soak in the atmosphere, La Colombe d’Or promises an experience like no other.

Tarja's and Matilda's stay at La Colombe d'Or and their exploration of Saint-Paul de Vence was a journey into the soul of Provence, where art and life are beautifully intertwined, leaving them with memories to cherish forever.

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