Cannes - history (cont)
There has arrived to Cannes Prosper Merime. He was the general inspector on historical monuments. In some years he constructed his own summer residence on the coast. He achieved the construction of the 60-kilometer channel for maintenance of coast with water.
In 1887 Cannes were visited by the queen of England Victoria, and since then celebrities began to visit the city.
Cannes' Most Famous Pizzeria
For many decades, this restaurant has been the most popular pizzeria in Cannes. Named after the famous volcano near Napoli, le Vesuvio offers more than just authentic pizza. In fact, the menu covers all the basics of Italian cuisine including various antipasti and paste. While the opinionated may debate whether the pizza here is better or worse, le Vesuvio is sure to offer consistent cuisine and efficient service. It is an establishment in Cannes that won't go anywhere.
Why wouldn't you go on the beach here?
Cannes has a three sun classification from Michelin, which makes it a superb place to enjoy a day at the beach. Soft sand is inviting you here until you see the sign with the prices on the privat beaches. However, there are also a few public beaches that have quite good facilities )showers, toilets and are as well with soft sand and a great view onto the bay. The beaches along Boulevard de la Croisette are very busy, but Cannes also offers calmer beaches on it's Western side. Page du Midi is a particular nice one.
Hands of the Stars
I enjoyed a quick stop in Cannes for an afternoon during our adventures in the south of France. The city that was once inhabited by Ligurians and then Romans is now home to stars during the annual film festival.
Cocteau in Cannes
2003 marked the 40th anniversary of Jean Cocteau's death. I knew that tributes were being planned in France, but I had no idea that they were being planned in Cannes the same year I was to attend!
My boss and I were going up an escalator in the Palais, and that's when I spotted the first banner. I made some kind of noise that might have given the impression I was having an attack of some sort. "That's a Cocteau drawing!"
My boss is also a close friend who was suffered and humored me through the Cocteau infactuation. I grabbed her arm as it dawned on me "This is an exhibit! They're having a Cocteau exhibit in Cannes! "
My friend: Calm down
So, it turns out it wasn't an exhibit, per se. It was all set up as a teaser for the exhibit coming to the George Pompidou in Paris this September and to Montreal in April 2004.
Still! It's Cocteau! I mean, who even knows who he is? There were banners, photos of Cocteau at past Cannes festivals, a continuous film highlighting his art and his films... gobsmacked doesn't even begin to cover it.
Okay, you have to admit. This is cool. It even borders on insane. And I didn't even have anything to do with it.
Have to admit - I felt weird stepping on Jean's face, though.
Ah. Vegas comes to Cannes.
"But wait, there's more."
The next travelogue covers the next chapter in my Cocteau adventures at the Palais