Cannes seafront has beautiful gardens
The castle is a listed building and has had the entire contents of the museum of Cannes in it since 1952.The main contents of the museum is exotic art and culture from Egypt,North America,Asia and Africa.I found visiting the museum worth while and it only costs 3EUROS to enter.Also the views are worth 3 euros alone.
Brasserie sur la Croisette
This restaurant offers a great option for outdoor dining on la Croisette. The restaurant is particularly pleasant lunchtime, but also great for dinner. It has a large shaded terrace and serves good French/provençal food at a price less exorbitant than many other restaurants.
Wander Around #1
Photo Group #1
One thing that we do in all the places
that we visit, is take some time and just
wander around the side streets with no
destination in mind.
We have found many nice little shops
and places to eat by doing so ....
"First port-of call on the Mediterranean Cruise"
Our first port-of call was Cannes, France- the famous place where films are entered each year in search of fame and world-wide exposure. The port was beautiful and the countryside was covered with flowers, which explains why this is the capital of the perfume industry along with the beach made famous by the noted designer Coco Chanel.
The Man in the Iron Mask
More than 68 names have been suggested for this prisoner whose name no one knows, whose face no one has seen: a living mystery, shadow, enigma, problem.
The Man in the Iron Mask was imprisoned by Louis XIV(1661-1715)in the fortress on Ile Sainte Marguerite from around 1660 until 1690, when he was transferred to the Bastille in Paris. Only the king knew the identity of the man behind the mask, prompting myth and legend to be woven around the mysterious, ill-fated inmate.
Political and social satirist Voltaire claimed the prisoner was the king's brother - a twin or an illlegitimate older brother. In 1751 he published Le Siecle de louis XIV which attested that Louis XIV's usurped brother, face shrouded in iron, arrived on the island in 1661, was personally escorted to the Bastille by its new governor in 1690 and died in 1703 aged around 60. His featureless mask was lined with silk and fitted with a spring mechanism at the chin to allow him to eat. Prison guards had orders to kill anyone who dared remove his mask.
Countless other identities were showered on the masked prisoner, among them the Duke of Monmouth(actually beheaded under James II), the Comte de Vermandois(son of Louis XIV, said to have died from smallpox in 1683), the Duc de Beaufort(killed by the Turks in 1669)and Moliere. Some theorists claimed the man in the iron mask was actually a woman.
The storming of the Bastille in 1789 fuelled yet more stories. Revolutionaries claimed to have discovered a skeleton, the skull which was locked in an iron mask, when plundering the prison, while others focused on the supposed entry found in the prison register which read detenu 64389000: l'homme au masque de fer(prisoner 64389000: the man in the iron mask). To the contrary, others provoked a storm with their allegations that there was no iron mask entry in the prison register - just a missing page. In 1855, an iron mask was found in a scrap heap in Langres and displayed in the town museum as the ill-fated mask.
Voltaire's tragic tale of an usurped heir sentenced to a life behind iron inspired a flurry of theatrical tragedies. With the 1850 publication of Alexandre Dumas' novel Le Vicomte de Bragelonne, the last of his musketeers trilogy, the royal crime became written in stone: in 1638 Anne of Austria, wife of Louis XIII(1617- 43)and mother of Louis XIV, gives birth to twins; one is taken away from her, leaving her to bear the secret alone until an old friend uncovers the terrible truth. The rest is history.
Many iron mask films have been made, Richard Chamberlain playing the masked prince/evil king in 1976 and Leonardo DiCaprio in 1998.