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.