It was a real experience to visit Saint Florent this early in the season and I was quickly reminded that this little town is really a summer place - heaving in July and August and a bit sleepy the rest of the time, although the shops were open making it was the perfect time to explore undisturbed.
I decided to park in the free car park at the Citadel and walk down to the town and harbour. The sky was a deep blue and barely a cloud to be seen, but the prettiest sight was the carpet of yellow wild flowers sprinkled around the base of the Citadel.
I walked along to the jetty which was virtually deserted, and wandered through the streets which were quieter than I have ever seen. There was still an amazing collection of huge (and expensive) yachts moored in the harbour, with the little fishing boats huddled around them.
Mme Lazzarini at the wine shop greeted me like an old friend and let me taste her white wine that has recently been awarded the gold medal at Paris. We had a good chat and I left laden down with Muscat, aperitif wines, red, white and even rose as well as some delicious Canistrelli biscuits - absolutely delicious.