This is one of the most famous promenades in the world. The fine sand beaches below it covered with parasols, changing color with each change of concession (the Majestic, the Carlton, to name a few). For three kilometers following the curve of the bay one can see flowering gardens, lawns planted with palm trees, umbrella pines and other trees all the way to Port Canto, Palm Beach and a sea water health spa.
Owned by a lovely Italian lady, Volupté advertises itself as a teahouse. Although it does serve a large variety of gourmet teas, the place is more of a café offering wide range of other drinks, including hot chocolate, coffee and wine, as well as delicious light lunches. Volupté is located on rue Hoche, a small street parallel to la rue d'Antibes in the centre of Cannes. Through an expansion, Volupté is split between two spaces located across from each other, both with ample outdoor seating.
Visiting Florian's ancestral candy factory...
About 30 km from Cannes, enjoy the visit of the littlest town called Pont-du-Loup. Mostly known for its ancestral candy factory, where you can also visit the same factory's gardens from which they pick fresh flowers and citrus fruits destined to the confection or their famous delectable sweets. This little village is found in the commune of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, along the twisty and scenic roads between Pré-du-Lac and Tourrettes; Pont-du-Loup is down in the lowest part of the valley, at the mouth of the Gorges-du-Loup making it a great cool spot to stop at on a hot summer day. It's a very tiny place, with a couple of old hotel buildings that give it a feeling of bygone times. Once holding the Provence's Railway Bridge, the tall pillars of the viaduct cross the valley here, stoicly towering above the buildings, they can be best apreciated from the Florian's gardens. The road through Pont-du-Loup crosses high over the Loup river as it rushes down out of the gorge next to the candy factory which sits along side its rushing waters. Although seemingly geographically "lost" down there in the valley, the 1949 "Confiserie" is widely known for its candied fruits and rose petals jams, amblems of the French sunny coastal sweets. Free guided visits of the Florian's candy factory are possible every day of the year, even on Sundays, from 9h00 to 12h00 and 14h00 to 18h30
A day in Cannes
During our week in Provence we had the chance to go into Cannes for a day.We did what I guess everyone does and strolled along the beachfront, had lunch in a pavement cafe. Then we spent the rest of our time in the old town.
I've put some photographs of that fascinating area in a Travelogue. Just scroll down to find it.
Star-gazing in Cannes
As I mentioned, this was a working vacation; I was helping my friend, who is a publicist. But she was kind enough to give me free time when things were less busy. I took this photo when I was sight-seeing on the Croisette (which is like, Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive in Cannes).
To be frank, I'm a little disgusted by the presence of big-budget action movies at Cannes like T3 and the Matrix, which seems to defeat the purpose of the festival. But then again, Cannes has always toed the line between prestigious and all-out tacky.
Here's a pic of someone using one of those metal-detector thingies. I suppose people use them in America, but I've never seen that, so I had to snap a picture.
By the way, that's a clear-traffic day in the sea. By the time the festival was underway, it was littered with yachts and cruise ships.
This shot shows the tent "villages" pitched up during the festival. Film commissions from various countries set up panels, business centers and coffee klatches to attract buyers. The largest is the American Pavillion.
My last night in Cannes. I was with a group, on our way to dinner at La Cave. And there's a group of reporters standing outside a theater. We ask who they're waiting for and they tell us... are you sitting down...? Kevin Costner. And lo and behold, Kevin pulls up.
My friend asks me to take a picture of her standing in front of Kevin as a joke (we were about 30 feet away from him). Then I snapped this picture - not bad for a non-professional with a dinky camera.
My last day in Cannes. *sniff* I'm waiting for the bus that will take me to the Nice airport, snapping last minute memories of Cannes.
And another - La Pizza's somewhere in the background.
Someone's party is still spinning inside his head.
Funny thing is after I took my picture, a bunch of others got the courage to snap the same picture so this guy is going to be appearing on a lot of home slide shows.