FOUNTAINS OF CANNES
The sound of water is said to be soothing and in Cannes the sound coming from the many fountains from a street planted fountain to hanging on a wall fountain, your admiring of and listening to the music each plays with the falling water, is one way to enjoy the sights of Cannes without spending a penny.
Walking around Cannes is what it is all about if your not standing on the deck of a yacht, attending a major motion picture industry event, or dining at an outdoor cafe you may find that the sight and sound of a fountain can be very pleasing as well as entertaining. Try to spot one while touring the city. It will calm your wallet down a bit.
World-famous restaurant in Cannes
Tiny - make reservations. Seats about 30-50. Wasn't my favorite Cannes restaurant, but it was money well spent. Had a prix fixe meal. Started with the provencial sampler plate (they don't call it that of course, but that's what it is), definitely recommend it. Shared someone's garlicy appetizer spread on toast, but can't remember the name. Chicken tarragon - very good - tiny portion, but they don't do doggie bags in France so it's just as well. Creme brulee made with bourbon... I've had better at Wolfgang Puck's in America, ironically, but still good.
Cannes Film Festival - lights, camera, and ACTION!
63rd Film Festival 12-23th May 2010
Fewer big Hollywood stars expected this year
With only two "large" U.S. production in theatres ("Robin Hood" from Ridley Scott's opening and "Wall Street 2" out of competition), those climbing the stairs may be a little less glamorous than previous years. Expected are Russel Crowe ("Robin Hood"), Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen and Susan Sarandon ("Wall Street 2"), Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Bandres (for Woody Allen), Javier Bardem ("Beautiful"), Sean Penn ("Fair Game") and French stars less well known outside France. The Judging committee will include Tim Burton, Kate Beckinsale and director Benicio Del Toro,
Whats it all about? Lights, camera, and .... ACTION! Celebrity madness grips France for two weeks in May when Hollywood comes to the Riviera. International stars, parties, and film promoters take over all Cannes. The daily main news item is who has arrived in town. Stylists for luxury brands set up in the suites of the grand hotels, dressing the actresses in Chopard, Versace and Jimmy Choos, to ensure coverage when they climb the red steps of the Palais des Festivals
Prior accreditation is required to gain access to the Festival, that treasured pass. The nightly big screenings at 18:30 0pm are reserved for film industry bigwigs and the stars themselves. You can't just buy a ticket - its by committee invitation only. Anyone can linger and star spot though, but be prepared to do battle with excited crowds toting camera phones and a thousand paparazzi armed with alarmingly big telephoto lenses, and stepladders, as this event is one of their most important sources of income in the year.
The paparazzi know which stars are lodged in which hotels (because the daily Nice Matin publishes it) , so first spotting them camped outside anywhere is a good guide where to get a glimpse as the famous emerge from their private suites to slide into the back seat of black limos.
The stars attend private parties long into the night, and then its back to Sir Eltons, or Paul Allens at Cap Ferrat , or exclusive villas on Cap d'Antibes rented for the occasion.
Prices for accommodation go through the roof, as journalists on expenses pour in from all over the world to cover the Festival, and over in Monaco the Grand Prix draws thousands of motor-racing mad spectators.
People Watching Factor 100 (off the scale!)
"Working on The Yacht Berenice"
Have just returned from spending 4 weeks working and living on Berenice moored in Cannes, Cannes is just one of those amazing places, great food, great people and of course fantastic weather, but on saying that it did snow this year !!!!
Cannes & the Old Town
The obvious thing to do on your first visit to Cannes is to stroll along the seafront. You'll walk past the hotel strip, the casino, the famous cinema, the yacht marina...all the places you've seen in so many films and photographs.
You'll see the crowded beaches, the super-yachts, the street cafes, the backpacker tourists...the whole mixture that makes up Cannes.
As you get towards the old town you'll pass several pavement cafes, the designer shops and small local shops, the architecture is interesting. Just stroll slowly abd absorb it all.
The old town follows the tradition of having pavement cafes, even in the very narrow lanes. Great places to sit and people watch, enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine and relax after climbing the steep streets in the old town.
Down in the newer part of Cannes there are, of course, also many pavement cafes. Sitting sipping a glass of wine and a coffee, relaxing and people watching is a tradition.