Why don’t you . . .
Charter/captain a speed boat in Saint Tropez, France and romantically jet across the the deep blue water of the Mediterranean among the mega yachts and buzzing helicopters?
When you’re finished exploring the sea, fashionably see the land like a true Tropézien on the back of a bubble gum pink Vespa—the very best way to quickly get around this French Riviera playground.
It was French actress Brigitte Bardot who put Saint Tropez on the map as a sultry jet-setter hub, turning it into one of the worlds most sought after destinations—for sunning and parties aboard mega yachts and picturesque hillside villas. Rich in history and extravagant lifestyles, this quaint and dreamy little oasis on the sea has undoubtedly retained its charm, even in the face of glitterati popularity.
This once sleepy and rustic fishing village also happens to be the birth place of the Bikini! It was Bardot who traipsed around town in flesh flaunting threads as herself and her character in the film And God Created Woman, playing a teenager who uses her bikini clad body to seduce men. Although the new swimsuit was accepted (and even embraced) in the south of France, the bikini did not gain attention in America until Harper’s Bazaar editor Diana Vreeland visited the French Riviera and returned to New York eager to recreate what she had seen—a rayon green-and-white-polka-dot bikini. The suit was printed in the May 1947 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, shocking its American audience—to which Vreeland responded, “With an attitude like that you’ll keep civilization back [a] thousand years.” Obviously she saw great promise in the bikini swimsuit, calling the skin revealing stunner, “the most important thing since the atom bomb.”
” . . . The women, they all dressed like Bardot did. Baby pink and white low-key resort wear flashed provocative samples of flesh. Long lightened hair hung tousled down over breasts, just as she wore hers.”
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