Customs - Coutumes, 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.
Cannes is for me the cleanest town I visited in France.
No tags, no dog poops on the street. There are a number of plastic bag distributors on the streets and people use them when walking with their dog.
Clean beaches, also the public ones.
Furthermore I didn't see any of these bad guys so common in France and heard nothing about pickpockets although the festival period might be critical.
The funny thing is that I saw only very few police in uniform on the street.
Is there a special spirit in Cannes or is it just a matter of social consensus?
Favorite thing: In front of the Cannes Festival building (Palais des Festivals et des Congrès) there were a suite of Audi Q7 - as for 2007-2008 it's the most sought after car in Romania - there are literally hundreds on Q7 in Romania - crazy!
Favorite thing: August is hot and overcrowded, but the rest of the year is sublime due to the micro-climate. From February to may you can even spend a morning skiing in the French Alps, at Auron or Isola 2000, and be on the beach in the afternoon. Avoid late May when Cannes becomes Hollywood-on-Sea during the international Film Festival.
Favorite thing: One of my favourite things about Cannes (and France) is its liberal attitudes such as the tolerance of semi-nudity on the beaches. In Ireland and the UK this is not allowed, so it's still something of a novelty to me.
Cannois women cling to glamour, whatever their age, and I admire them for it. Instead of London slack sportswear blob-bird, its the big hair, the make up, the bag, the high hell shoes, too short skirt, the style - she makes an effort!. And looks great, granny or not.
Euro-blob-ocracy - keep it.
Favorite thing: general view of La Croisette , the large avenue on the seaside , you can see the hotel Carlton , the most famous hotel in Cannes with hotel Martinez ; usually the rich men invite ladies to these hotels, even only for a drink, to prove they have money ; so the lady can decide...
The obvious place to take a people-watching stroll is blvd de la Croisette - the Riviera's classiest promenade, known locally as La Croisette.
Cannes' most famous hotel, the Carlton Inter-Continental(58 blvd de la Croisette). Its twin cupolas, erected in 1912, were modelled on the breasts of La Belle Otero, infamous for her string of lovers - including Tsar Nicholas II and Leopold II of Belgium - she picked up at the legendary gambling casinos of Monte Carlo.
To the west along La Croisette to the legendary Palais des Festivals plonked on the headland between the Vieux Port and Baie de Cannes. Most pose for a photograph on the familiar 22 steps(minus the red carpet)leading up to the entrance, then totter along the allee des Etoiles du Cinema, a path of celebrity hand imprints embedded in concrete on the pavement.
From here you can gawk at the big yachts bobbing in the Vieux Port or cross the busy street where aspiring models wait to be spotted on the terrace of Palm Square.
Fondest memory: I miss the glamour of it all.The heat and wine and delicious food.Food here in England is so plain compared to French.I miss the crickets and clean seas and blue skies and warm balmy nights.I miss feeeling special and miss the glow of Cannes.
Favorite thing: Oh how the other half live.When in Cannes remember to try the deliciuos food and wine.Try to go inland abit and see small French villages.Get away from the traffic and go hiking half an hour inland near Grasse.Take a decent swimming costume as everyone else will be wearing designer ones.Diet like crazy as everyone will be slim and beautiful.Take shed loads of cash and go shopping.
Here are the handprints of film stars outside the Film Festival building.There were loads of them and loads of people gathered around taking pics and also seeing if their hand would fit in their fav stars hand print.
Fondest memory: The pic here is of Chuck Norris's hand.He had small hands as my hands were bigger.
Here is my favourite part of Cannes in the picture.The little house were very nice.This was my favourite place to go too at night.The beautiful lights sparkled over the water and it was very romantic.The bars were very busy at night even in October.There were people walking around with tans like chocolate and ladies made up with so much make up i thought mine was sparse ;-)
I saw men wearing posh suits and ladies looking like they just walked off the set ofg Dynasty.But most people wore just casual clothes as so did i.
Fondest memory: I will miss the beautiful port near the old town.
Favorite thing: Musee de la Castre.This is a museum that is in the former castle of Cannes.It is ontop of the hill of Le Suquet.It is owned by some abbets who live on the island of Lerins.(The islands just offshore that you can go on a boat trip to go and see from Caanes port).It was built to protect the harbour from invasions in the 11th-19th centuries.
Favorite thing: Like Hollywood has it's Walk of Fame, Cannes has the handprints that line the promenade to the Festival Palace. They are the hands of the movie stars that have been guests here over the many years of the Film Festival. On the left, Sharon Stone. Incidentally, the Festival is every May, and if you don't like big crowds and standing around doing nothing, not seeing any films or getting into parties, then don't bother coming.
Favorite thing: If you're wealthy you can rent or buy an apartment in Cannes, with a view to the sea. Check out the way that buildings of apartments looks.