A boattrip to the islands
The "Iles de Lerins" are two islands just off the coast of Cannes and a regular boat connection goes to both Ile Sainte-Marguarite as Ile Saint-Honorat. Both island are very worth while to go to in historical, cultural as well as spiritual sense (see my "Ile Saint-Honorat" page).
Little Tourist Train
If you tired of too much walking then try to discover Cannes by Little Tourist Train. It is fast easy and maybe in your native language.
Click on website link and read about costs, routes and schedule.
I felt a bit disappointed climbing to the Château de la Castre. The streets on this hill called Suquet were less picturesque than what I expected remembering the old district of Nice for example.
Every house being a restaurant like at the rue du Suquet or rue Saint Antoine is certainly touristy but not necessarily picturesque at least how I understand this concept.
Fortunately arriving at the summit with the castle, church and garden the views were superb so that I did not regret the walk as to more that the streets were very quiet.
Back from our wonderful holiday! 3 weeks in seaside. We had 2 visits, one evening Alberto, Betti (the girl who works for the travel agency) and daughter baby Vittoria came for dinner and we went to Il Torchietto in a small village close to Albenga. They were in Sanremo on holiday for some days. Then on 12nd august Carlo and Silvia and baby Emanuele came for a day on the beach with us. For the rest we were on the beach, lazy and reading a lot!!! Then we went to Cannes for 3 days on the 16th. It was wonderful, absolutely a great escape. We stayed at the NOGA HILTON hotel on the Croisette . I wanted some nice place. First of all….in Italy we don’t have the valet parking and I had been to several nice hotels here too but none with this wonderful service. No rush to find a parking….lovely!!! They made you feel like a movie star. The hotel was a bit colourful, as we had a salmoned bedroom! But the bathroom was huge and the breakfast was gorgeous. And it was on a terrace overlooking the croisette! Croissants, Danish pastries….english breakfast, fresh fruit juice…..if you believe that in Sardinia in a resort the cappuccino was made with the machine! Like here in the office…can you believe it? And the orange juice was even worse than the one that you can buy at Lidl…(no offense for the Lidl juice!)
Anyway, the NOGA has a swimming pool and 2 jacuzzis on the roof. Sun beds to lay down and read..bar service directly to your chair…On the first day Paolo and I walked around the center, had a carpaccio in the Factory Café’ and then saw some shops. Then, with a mild heat, we went up to the roof and I spent almost all the time in the Jacuzzi. Dinner was in a Kosher place called Tovel that was very good. Everyone inside was jewish and we were probably the only ones. But I was walking, saw the place and liked it. Appetizers are given to you by the owner and they are really good. We walked on the beach, enjoyed the beach of the hotel..but we were in second row and I am not used to have someone in front of me on the beach as usually in Alassio I am in front row. Had lunch on the beach (if you want they deliver a tray to your sun bed…) and around 4 pm we decided to go to see shops again and walk in the old Cannes that is completely another world compared to the Croisette area.
La Comptoir de la Mer: the restaurant where we had dinner that night- I have to say HORRIBLE and they were sooooo rude. I knew and imagined it was expansive because when you go in a place along the Croisette, surely is not cheap but at least they are supposed to be nice and I deserved it. They took some bread with butter. The waiter, the bald one, arrived and took away 2 small butters because they gave us 4 and we were in 2. I was shocked!
Then I ordered a seafood pasta and the waiter took away from my side the dish for the shells…and I still had to finish my pasta. So I had to clean all the shrimps and no dish to put the waste!
But after dinner- I didn’t even wanted some dessert in a place like that and knowing me…I was pretty upset to avoid a crème caramel!!! The beach of our hotel after dinner becomes a lounge bar and you can dance on the beach, have a drink in a wonderful surrounding, they put cushions on the sand..it’s different. Too bad it was a bit empty, probably because we arrived too soon and we are not night animals.
I was soooo happy about my days in Cannes!!! Paolo wants to go back soon, next time I want to go to the Carlton…
"View from the terrace"
"From the roof of the Noga Hilton"