Cannes Invader no. 2 hovers above the Croisette
Whilst the French may have been slow on the uptake of the internet (after all much of the content is in English) they have led the way in urban street art thanks to Parisian "Invader"
Beneath the railway bridge at the eastern end of the Croisette hovers Cannes Invader n2. Immaculately placed in its local context on the wide mural of the grande Croisette and its landmarks.
Somewhere is invader number 3 - but where?
Red carpet at the Palais
Everyone crowds around the Palais when there's a premiere. This is the best time and place to catch the stars. I didn't do it myself, but from what I observed, line up early and bring a lawn chair, water and a parasol.
Notre Dame de Bon Voyage
Notre Dame de Bon Voyage was built in 1865 on the site of an older church with the same name. The architect, Laurent Vianay, is also famous for designing many of the luxurious villas and residences of the same period in Cannes. The church is one of the largest in Cannes and is located near the Palais des Festivals, just behind la Croisette. Its claim to fame is that Napoleon passed by its predecessor in 1815 en route from Elba to Paris. A large plaque commemorating the passage can be found on the side of the church (see photo).
Summer in Cannes
We rented a car in Nice and drove down to Cannes with the top down. There was traffic along the way and it was pretty hot out, but the views of the ocean were spectacular. . We had not made any arrangements for a hotel/hostel before we got there, so we stopped off at the tourist information office and were directed to a cute, cheap place about a block from the beach. The people who ran it were so nice, we were thrilled.
Walking around Cannes as the sun sets, you feel as though you are walking on air. The warm breeze, palm tree swaying, great food, the water lapping against the boats....
We went to a few bars, but the one I liked best was Amiral, the piano bar at The Martinez Hotel. I know, kind of strange, but it was a blast. There were people from all over the world and this guy playing was from the Deep South (USA). Just a random experience that I will never forget.
While hanging out on the public beach was interesting, we decided to live it up and hang out on a portion of beach run by a hotel. Honestly, this is the way to go. You have beautiful people wait on you, comfy chairs, access to showers, restrooms and all the other amenities you would want. If you get there early and hang out all day, it is worth it. I would have to say it was the most relaxing day I had while in France.
Loved all the boats docked at the Marina.