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Ajaccio, Corsica, Birthplace of Napoleon

2023-12-04T10:41:05-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

The colorful fishing boat in Ajaccio port Corsica island France.

A Colorful fishing boat in Ajaccio

This quiet little fishing village, Ajaccio, on the west coast of Corsica, was the birthplace of one of history’s most famous person, Napoleon Bonaparte, also referred to as “The Corsican.” Having had such an illustrious person born in this port town, once playing in its little winding streets, was a bonus for this town. Napoleon, once he was named Emperor, designated Ajaccio as the capital city of Corsica, an honor still in place today. Visit this lovely port town on the Bay of Ajaccio on a private yacht charter when cruising the western coast of Corsica.

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Cote d’Azur: French Riviera Luxury Yacht Charter

2023-12-04T10:41:41-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

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Nice

The French Riviera, also known as the Cote d’Azur has long attracted the wealthy, famous, and elite to its shores, which are best enjoyed on a mega yacht charter cruising along the southern Provencal coast of France, and Monaco.  And while the glitz and glam are certainly available, there are those that enjoy this coastline and the islands just offshore for the allure and the beautiful light that has drawn artists to this area for centuries.  There is no other location like the Cote d’Azur and no matter why you might want to cruise along its shore, a yacht charter along the French Riviera is sure to please.

Join your yacht in Nice and enjoy lunch on the aft deck as you settle in.  Motor over to Monaco (1.5 hours) and spend the evening viewing the Principality and perhaps visiting the famous casino.  Let your private chef prepare dinner on board.

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St. Jean Cap Ferrat

Wake early to a delicious French breakfast, before motoring up to St. Jean Cap Ferrat for lunch.  Take a walk through the fine gardens along the coast.  After lunch you can cruise to Villefranche to spend the night. Get a taxi up to the famous medieval walled village of Eze and enjoy a walk around this very quaint town built onto a hillside. Have dinner ashore or on board.

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Outstanding Cuisine Charter Yacht Rima II

2023-12-04T10:42:09-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

Rima II SuperYacht

Rima II

Recently, when inspecting luxury charter yachts in Genoa, Italy, CharterWorld with Missy Johnston was invited to an outstanding lunch on the 167’ Benetti Motor Yacht “Rima II” with Italian Chef, Andrea Musetti. This charter Motor Yacht is available for charter in the Western Mediterranean this coming summer, and is comfortable for up to 12 guests in 7 guest staterooms, all with ensuite bath, and a crew of 10 including the Captain and Chef Andrea.

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The Chic Cap Ferrat Peninsula and Village of Saint Jean

2023-12-04T10:45:28-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

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Cap Ferrat and Saint Jean Aerial

A lovely peninsula on the southern coast of France along the French Riviera, Cap Ferrat is a favorite stop on a crewed yacht charter along the Cote d’Azur. Today located on this peninsula is some of the most expensive real estate in the world. Anchor in either Villefranche or dock in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat on a crewed yacht charter, and you can enjoy and explore the peninsula on a crewed yacht charter along the southern coast of France while cruising along the beautiful French Riviera.

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Bonifacio Perched on the Chalk Cliffs of Southern Corsica

2023-12-04T10:45:29-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

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Bonifacio From the Sea

Separated from the Costa Smeralda of Sardinia by the Strait of Bonifacio, be sure to cruise into the harbor of Bonifacio while on a crewed yacht charter along southern Corsica and northern Sardinia. With a natural harbor that cuts into the towering surrounding chalk and limestone cliffs, the area of Bonifacio has been settled for centuries, and today offers a well protected harbor area overlooked by a medieval walled town steeped in history for a great stop on a crewed yacht charter in the Corsica and Sardinia yacht charter location in the Western Mediterranean.

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Visit Eze, a Medieval Walled City Jewel

2023-12-04T10:45:31-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

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Eze Medieval Village

Perched high above the coastline of the French Riviera, Eze is a jewel of a medieval walled city, captured in time, and well worth visiting while on a crewed yacht charter along the Cote d’Azur. Often referred to as an “eagle’s nest”, Eze sits approximately 437 meters above sea level overlooking long lengths of the chic coastline far below. Today Eze is a bustling little village inside the medieval walls, with twisting alleyways full of steps winding up to the top of the town that are filled with little shops, boutiques and restaurants. Anchor at nearby Cap Ferrat for a short inland drive to a car park at the foot of the city, and walk into the fortified town to wander and explore this little medieval time capsule while on a crewed yacht charter along the French Riviera.

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Go to Le Club 55 in San Tropez During a French Luxury Yacht Cruise

2023-12-04T10:57:20-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

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Lounge area at Club 55

Anyone who has spent time along the Cote d’Azur knows the widest, sandiest beaches are found along the peninsula of St. Tropez. Each beach commands a loyal following, but those who want to see and be seen at one of the area’s “historical” and storied venues, need to splurge at Le Club 55 on La Plage de Pampelonne. Yes, it will set you back, but the setting can not be matched. From the parking area (filled with Bentleys and Ferraris), a path of overgrown bamboo leads visitors to the Provencal beach bungalow that has been extended with white canopies covering the beach bar and dining area of white-covered benches. Guests from yachts anchored off shore follow the grey wooden pier that extends from the water to individual reed-covered sunbathing areas and private conversation settees arranged throughout the natural growth of the tamarisk trees. The elite take bronzing breaks while sipping Cristal and watching stiletto-healed beauties re-arrange their Vuitton beach bags. The history of Le Club 55 is intertwined with the mythical origins of St. Tropez. Brigitte Bardot said it was her favorite bar, and it’s no wonder why.

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Visit the St. Tropez Sailing Bar and Hideaway During a French Luxury Yacht Charter

2023-12-04T10:57:23-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

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The Hotel Sube

It’s a good year to visit St. Tropez. This Provencal mecca of the privileged has attracted the elite and those who want to rub their shoulders for years, often creating a harbor front too crowded to enjoy. With the economic climate affecting all pockets of society, St. Tropez is a bit quieter this year. The small sea-front village is still peopled by visitors speaking dozens of languages, but it’s more pleasurable to stroll along the narrow alley lanes and harbor front, still filled to capacity with gleaming yachts tied to the quay.

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French Riveria Luxury Yacht Charter: Eat at L’Escale Restaurant in Toulon

2023-12-04T10:57:25-05:00

Written by Missy Johnston

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Renoir’s “Dejeuner des Canotiers”

I sometimes remind myself that I don’t know what I don’t know. Like an epiphany, I realized the opposite is just as valid after visiting L’Escale Restaurant on Cap Brun. This corner of the Cote not only provides a rare respite from a Riviera crowded with glamorous yachts and visitors seeking a sneak into a world of the ritz and bronzed, but it also gives a glimpse into what the Riviera was like when cozy fishing villages first harkened British and northern European travelers to experience a warmer, simpler way of life. So, I know that if the past is any indication, the authentic charm of L’Escale Restaurant won’t last forever.

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Sunset view from the restaurant terrace, looking east at Anse Mejan and the hamlet of the same name.

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The hamlet of Cap Brun at the base of the promontory of Fort Cap Brun. The awning in the foreground is the one sheltering the terrace of L’Escale.

Nestled in the lee side of the mistral just outside the bay of Toulon and its rim of forts and routes, under the old fort of CapBrun and looking east at the Anse Mejan, a cluster of old fishermen’s houses accommodate a small restaurant, reminiscent of Renoir’s “Dejeuner des Canotiers”. Grilled fresh fish, Soupe de Poisson, and its “rouille” (one of the Cote’s best, according to those in the know) are served footsteps away from the lapping blue waters of the bay. Sheltered from the mid-day sun by an awning of reeds and lit up at night by strings of simple light bulbs, L’Escale definitely is one of the best remaining “native” restaurants in this part of the world. It is accessible by boat, by anchoring in the bay and going ashore at the small stone pier, or by car by following the signs for Mourillon, Cap Brun, and the Sentier du Littoral, after a very narrow street. Parking is amply available on the top of the steps leading to the edge of the water.

French Riveria Luxury Yacht Charter: Eat at L’Escale Restaurant in Toulon2023-12-04T10:57:25-05:00
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