Location: Villefranche, France
Our day in St. Tropez began early as we rushed through breakfast to get to the picturesque town beckoning to us from across the bay. Before reaching the docks, we were taken aback by the considerable sizes of some of the yachts docked in the marina. As soon as our shoes touched dry land, we eagerly began exploring the town. Quaint French painters line the sidewalks, effortlessly producing beautiful paintings of the town and the harbor. On every street corner, there was an expensive store or sprawling cafe. We weaved our way through the labyrinth of streets and alleys that only got busier as the day progressed. We eventually spread out, and each group visited different boutiques or boulangeries. The few hours that we were in this staple of the French Riviera, among the ultra-wealthy, seemed to slip through our fingers in seconds. Before anyone was ready, it was time to return to Argo. The second half of our day began with raising the sails of the boat that we have come to know and love for the last time. We watched as St. Tropez faded into the distance and was replaced by the illustrious landscapes of the Southeast of France. Hills and mountains rolled along the sea dotted with houses, towns, and pine trees. Remarkably luxurious yachts cruised alongside us as we made our way to Villefranche-sur-Mer (near Nice), and private helicopters passed overhead. We have now dropped Argo’s sails for the final time on this program. As we near our destination, we are looking forward to the memorable and thrilling experiences that are yet to come in the last few days of our odyssey. All in all, it was another adventurous and awe-inspiring day in the Mediterranean.