We hadn't planned our trip to Nice according to the schedule of the world famous Cannes Fílm Festival, we didn't even know what time of the year it is held! Again, like with Formula 1, we seemed to be lucky.
When making the day-trip to Cannes we noticed the crowd and the rush on the car routes and started to wonder...until we saw all the advertisements. We had arrived in the middle of this happening full of world famous celebrities. This was around May 18th.
We managed to park the car far enough, in a big public parking lot, and walked the rest. Soon they'd start to rehearse Channel +'s interviews with e.g. Pamela Anderson and some of the top French actors.
We managed to get seats from a terrace of a restaurant in a best possible place, next to the hotel where the celebrities seemed to come out and walk in. It was great to watch those sports cars and limousines too. And not to mention the very important work of the civil dressed security staff. OK the drinks we took were not the cheapest...but worth the sun and the hassle and international environment. We didn't see much of anything, though, but it was OK.
It happened to be the 60th Cannes Film Festival, so they had an anniversary too. I bought myself a T-shirt as a memory.
The beach in Cannes is sandy, after Arcachone it seemed rather dirty, and there were a lot of people. Therefore I have put "tick" in the column "Bathing in Cannes", and walked on quay.
Huge palm trees, crowds of walking people - all this was not differed from russian Sochi or abkhasian Gagra. Only the place was painfully prestigious - promenade La Croisette!
Next to the Russian Orthodox church of Saint-Michael-Archangel lays an older chruch of Roman Catholic religion called the Notre Dames du Pins (Our dear lady of the pinetrees) which holds inside a very peaceful domain and courtyard. The church itself now-a-days is partly restored, but needs still quite a lot of work.
Cannes has had quite some Russian visitors in the last decades of the tasr (Nicolas II). He and his royal family, as well as many other Russian wealthy people, spend the cold winters not in Moscow or Saint-Petersburg, but also enjoyed life on the Cote d'Azur. Therefore they also started a Russian Orthodox church in Cannes, a building that holds a very specific exotic nature with it's onion shaped towers and colourful painting. The "Eglise Orthodoxe Saint-Michel-Archange" can be found at the Boulevard Alexander III" in the Eastern part of Cannes.
Cannes is full of art all year round.Art, museums,music, theatre, cinema,exhibitions,dance and festivals.On the 7-25 of January 2004 there is a shopping festival.There are variuos fashion shows and street entertainments and fancy meals in hotels.On the 12-23 May 2004 its the 57th Cannes Film Festival.
Visit Cannes the right time of year and you can have a great time on a budget.During the festivals prices of hotels sometimes double or treble, but avoid these times and you can get a bargain.Avoid the seafront as hotels here are the dearest.Its the same with eating out, go slighty away from seafront and you can eat ok on a budget.Do what i done and buy some tasty snacks from a bakery to save alittle cash.I had a nice meal about 20 min walk from seafront for about same price as England.
There are two habours at either end of the bay and they are joined by the Boulevard de la Croisette and it runs the length of Cannes beach for 1.5 miles.On one side is the Belle Epoque and Art Deco hotels and the other are the private beaches.This is the place to come at night for a great time.There is a vast selection of eateries and bars for party the night away in.At night its all about who looks the best.Who has the best car.People in Cannes are out to enjoy life and party.
If you are loaded you can go into a beach club.Each major hotel has its own private beach club.The Martinez hotel's club is the largest in Cannes.You can get lunch at these beach clubs but expect to pay alot of cash.A simple salad will cost no less than 10 pound.I recomend you eating a hearty breakfast to fill up on to keep you going til tea time or take some snacks with you.
Cannes has many festival on throughout the year.Cannes Film Festival is on in May.
Midem is on January.
MIPIM is on March
Tax Free World Exhibition is on in Oct.Cannes is a very rich and business phrosphrus place.When Lord Brougham gave Cannes a health resort reputation the rich and famous have been coming eversince.If you take a boat trip to St.Marguertie, you can visit the prison where the Man in the Iron Mask was held for 11 years.
When looking for a nice place to eat or drink, always check the menu and prices first before entering to see if its within your budget.If you are on a tight budget, do not fear as there are plenty of nice little bakeries around where you can buy fresh cakes and french sticks and pizza slices and lots of other tasty snacks.
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.
Cannes had mild weather even in winter. I came across a street performer along the seaside esplanade. He/She stood very still like a bronze statue.( in fact, silver statue) We sat down on a bench near him/her and looked blankly at the beautiful blue sea for a while.
Next to the Palais De Festivals. Free to get in. No membership required. If you want to just play the slots no passport required. Access to tables requires smart clothes and passport. Go in the evening, the women in Cannes treat the slots like a night at the Bingo.
After five hours lying on the beach you'll either have extreme sunburn or extreme boredom. I recommend walking around the town - there is more to Cannes than just the beach.