Saint-Raphaël

It seems hard to believe that we have not yet posted any images of Saint-Raphaël since this is one of the places we regularly take visitors to. Using the highway, it only takes about 45 minutes to get to this picturesque, albeit somewhat touristy, resort town. Then, of course, there is the drive back. We usually take the Corniche d'Or, the old coastal road between Saint-Raphaël and Cannes. Not only is driving on this curvy and narrow road a great deal of fun (unless you are stuck behind a very slow vehicle pulling a humongous trailer), but the scenery is incredible: One drives along the Esterel mountains, and the red rock spectacularly combines with the deep blue, and sometimes green, of the Mediterranean. The colors are different depending on the weather, the time of day, and the season. I have yet to see a photograph that does the scenery justice, but of course this doesn't mean that I don't keep trying!

Anyway, here are a couple of dozen images of Saint-Raphaël and the Corniche d'Or taken over the years and with various equipment. As always, full EXIF information is embedded for those interested in knowing when, how, and with what equipment a photo was taken. Enjoy the scenery!

Click on any image to see a larger (1500 x 1000 pixel) version!


Where we are... in French and ProvenÁal

On the bridge that separates Frťjus and Saint-RaphaŽl

Where we are... in French and ProvenÁal

On the bridge that separates Frťjus and Saint-RaphaŽl


One of the town beaches

In the summer, spots in the shade are prime real estate

One of the town beaches

In the summer, spots in the shade are prime real estate


View acrross the harbor to Notre Dame de la Victoire

Restaurant alley under sycamore trees

View across the harbor to Notre Dame de la Victoire

Restaurant alley under sycamore trees


Purchase opportunity for tourists

Harbor view

Purchase opportunity for tourists

Harbor view


Where there are fishing boats there are sea gulls

Waterfront east of the harbor

Where there are fishing boats there are sea gulls

Waterfront east of the harbor


Another town beach

Place Bonaparte

Another town beach

Place Bonaparte


Notre Dame de la Victoire (built in 1883)

The outer harbor wall

Notre Dame de la Victoire (built in 1883)

The outer harbor wall


Looking inland from the outer harbor wall

On the promenade looking west

Looking inland from the outer harbor wall

On the promenade looking west


On the promenade looking east

Dark sails on light water

On the promenade looking east

Dark sails on light water


The promenade ends at the 'Place Bonaparte'

The Corniche d'Or: red rock, blue water...

The promenade ends at the Place Bonaparte

The Corniche d'Or: red rock, blue water...


Looking west towards Agay and Saint-RaphaŽl

Mediterranean landscape

Looking west towards Agay and Saint-RaphaŽl

Mediterranean landscape


Corniche d'Or view

Looking east towards Cannes

Corniche d'Or view

Looking east towards Cannes





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