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St Tropez Fife and Drums

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St Tropez sits still in the late fall. The Place des Lices, filled to the brim during warm summer days, breathes peacefully with just a few boulistes and a few locals and passer-bys.

Noon on a late November Sunday, parking is a breeze at the Place des Lices. The only cafés still abuzz for lunch on the plaza are Le Clemenceau and Le Sporting (both very nice spots for lunch off season).

Then out of nowhere rise the whistle of fife and gentle rhythm of drum. It's the fife and drum corps happily singing along on its way from Place des Lices to the Citadel.

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Along the way, a few of the musicians stop at the Clemenceau for a coffee before heading down again.

Yes, life in St Tropez takes on a whole different rhythm from its Summer buzz during the late Fall and Winter.

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What a difference a week makes!

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Photo above: In Fréjus-Plage, Nov 17, 2011.

If you walk along the beaches of the French Riviera today, it might not occur to you that torrential rains hit the area just ten days ago. The weather is warm. The seaside restaurants open. The sand golden and full of truck tire tracks.

Tire tracks? On the beach? That's because maintenance crews have been hard at work cleaning up the beaches of the many storm residues. They've picked up car tires, branches, lots of rocks and raked the sand clean.

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So once again, signs of storms are promptly wiped clean. The same with most areas affected inland: Roquebrune-sur-Argens looks sparkling new yet much of the agricultural and flower-growing land of the plain was under water a couple of weeks ago. Hats off to a great collective effort to pop right back up again.

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Photo: Beaches are clean & decorated with truck track art. Above: In Fréjus-Plage.

 


Orange Alerts

After a saturday of harsh downpour that has left many areas on the French Riviera with locally flooded areas (Villeneuve-Loubet, Roquebrune-sur-Argens), bad weather is returning today tuesday, november 8th 2011.

Violent winds area howling outside and we don't know how much more rain the local rivers such as the Argens by Roquebrune-sur-Argens can take.

The Var department has issued an orange alert for this afternoon. Some schools & businesses have closed in anticipation of a rough afternoon. We're also staying safe indoors.