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City in Bloom… Bormes-les-Mimosas

Bonjour from a drizzly South of France. We are in full “rentrée” mode – the word that signifies the official return to school and work after the summer holidays. And let’s just say that the current French mood matches the brief showers we had this afternoon… dark, stormy, and with just a bit of a depression on the horizon.

Hopefully September will favor us with more sunny days to enjoy the views in fabulous villages like Bormes-les-Mimosas.

Bormes is an easy detour en route to more glamorous destinations like Pampelonne beach, St. Tropez, or any of the splashy beach-towns which dot this section of the coast.  And one of the most striking things about the village itself is the views it affords of the surrounding cities and dazzling Mediterranean sea.

We were fortunate to visit Bormes-les-Mimosas (which, if you haven’t guessed already, takes its name from the abundance of mimosa trees which bloom there each spring) twice this summer. Bormes is a “city in bloom” and won the 2003 Gold Medal awarded by the Entente Florale (a competition for European towns & villages).  And any walk around the village will guarantee visons of blooming trees, vines, and all manner of beautiful flowers.

Besides taking in Bormes’ blooms, there’s not much to do except slow down, relax, and take in the sumptuous views. Just my kinda day.

Well, there is the shopping of course… so many “petit” streets filled with Provençal gems like linens, ceramics, and the famous shabby-chic home décor.

I opted to spend some “extended time” in the boutiques, then we both agreed that a long, leisurely lunch was in order.  La Fleur de Thym provided just the regional meal we were looking for – solid Provençal cooking at a resonable rate… Along with a visit to Bormes, très recommended.

To Learn More:

Bormes on the map.

Bormes official site here.

Village profile on ProvenceWeb.


About Tuula

I’m a 40-ish American woman & I’ve been blogging about my travels around belle Provence since moving here in 2010. You can also find my travel writing in International Living magazine, Charming Small Hotels (France), & Living France magazine. Bienvenue!

14 comments on “City in Bloom… Bormes-les-Mimosas

  1. Beautiful photos! Is there anywhere in France that isn’t beautiful?? I love every post!

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    • Anonymous

      Thank you for your very kind comment Karene 🙂 And I know…France is such a gorgeous country… so much to fall in love with! a very bon weekend to you 🙂

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  2. Oh how pretty! What a lovely town to stroll through and linger in. 🙂

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  3. Whenever I visit your site, it gives me this aching feeling to go back to the South of France!!!

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    • Anonymous

      You are very kind Jen! Hope we get to see you in the South of France one day soon 🙂 bon weekend !

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  4. Provence HM

    merci Tuula , your photos are so beautiful, I understand that your followers will love , or, are loving souht of France !!!

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    • Anonymous

      Merci Claire, I appreciate all of your blog support 🙂 I think we both are very lucky to live in a place like the South of France – enjoy your weekend & hopefully we’ll have some sunshine !

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  5. I have heard about Bormes-les-Mimosas for a long time but have never made it there. Your pictures are beautiful. We will have to take ourselves a road trip to visit some of these villages you have introduced me too. Have a great weekend.

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    • It’s a great stop-over on the way to St. Tropez or other nice beach town along the coast… plus a perfect excuse to stop for a long lunch 🙂 Merci for your comment Michel.

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  6. Wow, I’ve only been through Bormes-les-Mimosas and didn’t know it was such a beautiful town.

    We needed that rain though. I was withering under that heat.

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    • Very true Holly, that rain did us good 🙂 We miss you here already but happy to see that you are settling in nicely… looking forward to more updates!

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  7. Kit Golson

    Hi Tuula I remember Bormes…thanks for such a nice post about a pretty village in this little corner of paradise!

    bisous!

    Kit

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