Hotel l'Olivier Cannes

5 Rue des Tambourinaires, Cannes, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, 06400, France
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Writer looking for retreat; Cannes or Nice

by lisanik

Hello all. I am travelling to France for the first time in search of a beautiful place by the sea by which to finish my novel. I have found a couple of villas to rent. The cheaper of the two that I've narrowed them down to is in Cannes, but as I'll be staying for one month, I've gathered that there is more to do in Nice. I tend to go out in search of cafes and pubs to get work done. Which has the nicer beaches, or are they the same?

Also, I'm trying not to blow money on renting a car, so is one town better than the other for using public transportation.

Finally, if I were to take a trip into Italy or Spain while I'm there, which is recommended in terms of time, ease by train, etc...

Thanks so much for your help. If you think of any other advice for a first-time traveller to the south of France, feel free to chime in.

RE: Writer looking for retreat; Cannes or Nice

by lisanik

Thamks for the reply. If I rent a place along the Mediterranean, how far will that put me from the centre of town? Too far for walking? Do I need a car? Is there any nightlife?

Thanks again!

RE: RE: Writer looking for retreat; Cannes or Nice

by Saxman92

As for beaches: the choice is easy: Cannes has sand beaches, and Nice pebbles...

Cannes is smaller and more compact. Nice has an "old town" which might inspire you. You'd have to define "centre of town", and what you're looking for there.

trip to Italy or Spain: Not a big diffence. One is closer to one, and the other to the other, but that should determine your decision. Italy is much closer anyway than Spain, so if that happened to be real important, then Nice is closest.

Personally, I'd go for Cannes. Then again it depends on the exact time of the year, beware of festival season which sends prices up even more than July/August travel season.

RE: RE: Writer looking for retreat; Cannes or Nice

by Saxman92

meant to write "but that should'nt determine your decision" of course

Travel Tips for Cannes

Cannes is quiet in Oct,but weather still good 26c

by rachel_sun

When you stay in Cannes you must make an effort to see the surrounded places.I went to Grasse.It was about 20 minute drive from Cannes and is a beautiful town.It is a popular place with hikers as it is on the Gorges du Loup(steep ravines).This area is full of unspoilt areas of nature and medievel villages well worth seeing.But the main thing Grasse is known for is perfume industry.In the air all year Grasse has perfume in the air.The flowers for the perfumes are also grown here.Orange blossom, roses,jasmine,violets,lavendars etc.
I went on a tour of the perfume factory then made my own perfume up by adding different fragrences up.Grasse also has Musee International de la Parfumerie which has a wonderful collection of greenhouse full of med and subtropical plants.I really liked it here as i just love tropical plants.

le Carlton

by MM212

Inaugurated in 1912, this magnificent Belle Epoque landmark was built when Cannes was a winter destination sought by wealthy Brits and Russians. According to legend, the architect, Charles Dalmas, based the design of the two domes on the breasts of la Belle Otéro, the notorious cabaret performer famous at the turn of the century. The Carlton Hotel, with its fame and location at the centre of la Croisette, is one of Cannes' defining symbols which has been visited by nearly every celebrity on this planet. Today, le Carlton is part of the Intercontinental chain, and remains a luxurious hotel whose name will forever be associated with glamour and celebrities.


by NiceLife

The hotel drop-off point is the place to park - if your car is worth twice a look. Here outside the "grande dames" - the four luxury hotels which rule the front - the Carlton, the Martinez, the Majestic, and the Noga Hilton - Cannes turns into a luxury car showroom. Ferraris, and lamborghinis jostle with Porches and top of the range Mercedes.

Many of these cars will be sporting arab number plates - Cannes is where arab princes come in high season to escape the 40c heat back home and fritter away some of the huge oil revenues at the casino tables.

If you have the slightest interest in luxury cars, be prepared for a sore neck within days of arrival. But after a few days even the growl of a Ferrari engine will leave you completely non-plussed - just too common.


by vibi68

Cannes, formerly a humble village at the edge of the Mediterranean, inhabited by monks and fishermen; close to there, the islands Sainte-Marguerite (Léro) and Saint-Honorat (Lérina) make the community a port where the sea traffic is intense and profitable. With the end of the 5th century, a strong crisis bursts out in the religious community, following the last traces of the Roman Empire's destruction by the barbarian Goths and Burgondes; but the monastery resists. In year 730, it is destroyed by the attacks of Sarrazins which leave five hundred victims among the monks. The Saint-Porchaire Chapel is devoted to their memory. A new attack by the Sarrazins in 891 devastates the town, they will be driven out of the country on ly at the end of the 10th century. The insecurity of the Islands pushes the monks to established themselves on the continent, in Suquet. In 1035 in the heart of the city, called Cannes a castle is built, the "Fief des Princes d'Antibes" not long after it is declared property of Cannes' monks and renamed "Castrum Francium" to be again renamed "Castrum de Canoas" not long after. The village had plague epidemics which made hundreds of victims and only after the war between François 1st and Charles Quint, around 1530, was Cannes detached from the monks and able to become autonomous. The integrate the Island Saint-Honorat in the Var department displeases Cannes residents and they oppose this projet without success since to this day the Abbey of Saint-Honorat is attached to the parish of Saint-Raphaël, in the Var. The Island of Sainte-Marguerite is better known for its fort which saw incarcerated several famous prisoners as the "Iron Mask", the "Bazaine Marshal", "Lestang", "Valsec" and "Guard".

In 1834, Lord Brougham and Vaux, Chancelier of England "discovers" Cannes and builds a winter residence to his comfort. Under his impulse, the English aristocracy is quick to imitate him, constituting little by little a true colony of "winter" British, to which will be joining not long after the international aristocracy. It is the birth of winter tourism in Cannes. On April 10th 1863, the first train arrives in Cannes' station. With the installation of the railroad, the number of winter guests will increase considerably, forcing the reception facilities to develop into larger hotels and more activities. In 1878, Cannes became a "Health resort", since lots confer to the Cannes native climate, therapeutic virtues to face many evils: such as anemia, neurosis, rheumatisms, chronic infections and pulmonary problems particularly tuberculosis. Famous doctors of the city like Doctor Buttura, Valcourt and Gazagnaire praise the benefits of the town's winter sun, iodine and the "balsamic scents" through many publications as true "methods of care". From 1880, the French tourists, not so much attracted by the town' first winter seasons are increasingly visiting, thanks to the aristocratic influence of Prosper Mérimée, who since 1856 came to Cannes every winter to look after his asthma; 3 years later, Cannes counts five hydrotherapeutic establishments, whose patients came to take warm sea water baths, aromatic baths and steam baths. Cannes accomodated famous visitors like the Empress of Russia, Maria Alexandra, the Archduchess Marie-Antoinette of Austria and writer Guy de Maupassant. At the end of the century, more than 3000 families stay in Cannes each winter and at the start of the 20th century, the profile of Cannes winter guests is metamorphosed by aristocracy being replaced little by little by the upper middle-class of large cities; it is at that time that the winter season shortens.

The beginning of the 20th century accomodates new dream hotels "de luxe" such as the Miramar, the Martinez... The city is modernized with the construction of the Palais des Sports, the installation of trams, the opening of post offices, the appearance of school establishments: the Carnot college and the Stanislas Institute. All these beautiful projects are only possible after the terrible WWI which transforms Cannes into a gigantic hospital. All the great establishments are thus requisitioned. With war being over, Cannes sees its German and English customers decreasing whereas American have gained affection for the Riviera. The luxury, elegance and the easiness are very appreciated in Cannes and gradually, winter tourism yields place to estival tourism, the Palm Beach summer Casino is built for this purpose. The municipality has then the idea of creating an "International Film Festival"; the project is born in 1946, after WWII, during which the residents of Cannes underwent multiple restrictions and sufferings but the city rectified its position and luxury took back its place within the community. September 20th 1946, was the inauguration of the 1st International Film Festival. it was held at the municipal Casino and was an immense success however, considered unsuitable for this festival, the Casino is replaced by the Palais des Festivals, completed in 1950, in the Nautical Circle and to draw up in his place the "Palate of the Festivals" which will be completed in 1950, to be again rebuilt in the municipal Casino's place in 1979. This "Film Festival", is the second universally recognized demonstration, after the Olympic Games, is the pride and the fame of Cannes, city of the thousand artifices!


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