The Martinez Hotel - Admiral Bar - (piano bar)
I thought this was a great place to people watch. There were so many kinds of people and they were all so very different. I say put on your sun glasses, grab a drink and find a comfy seat!
Queen Victoria's Lord Chancellor had this villa built and named after his sickly daughter, Elinore Louise. It's now tastefully converted into apartments in what was the heart of the 19th century British community in western Cannes, towards La Bocca. The villa is a short walk from the neighbouring Villa Rothchild, in a private road.
Ever -resourceful municipalite de Cannes has come up with a new "Franglais" label - a "Mediatheque"
Located in the absolutely magnificent belle-epoche Villa Rothschild, it claims to offer a huge collection of 300,000 works, historical records in a variety of media incuding video, sound and library, all rolled into one. Voila - a Mediatheque - a library
The neo-classical Villa dates back to 1881, when Baron James de Rothschild set up camp in Cannes, and the villa is set in large surrounding gardens resplendent with lush sub-tropical plantings.
Entry to the villa and gardens is controlled by the opening hours of the Mediatheque, which are miserable even by French standards. It is closed all day Sunday and Monday and all public holidays. When open, the library is 10-6.00, but the sound and visual sections shut from 12 until 2.00 for lunch. A classic example of how things in France are run for the convenience of employees and not "customers".
The location is not immediately in the general run of tourist haunts and therefore you won't "come across it" wandering around Cannes. Its not obviously visible from the road and you wont know its there unless in the know.
The luxury villas and exclusive residences of Cannes are to be found up in the area known as Le Californie and Super Cannes, set back in the hills above the town. Often hidden from view by security fences and protective landscaping, a stroll along the Ave Roi Albert will show how the other half (percent) live.
We definitely did not stay here, but I had to take a picture of this because it is the Carlton, and I really liked how they decorated it with the movie posters from the films represented at the festival.
Eccentric architectural fantasy which dominates the upper reaches of La Californie. Dating fback to 1888, the Chateau looks out over the islands of Saint-Honorat Saint-Margeuritte
If you can't afford it - stroll through the ornate lobby, sit on the couch, pretend, and take a picture.
Located on BOULEVARD DE LA CROISETTE Carlton Hotel was built in 1911. And if you are rich you can choose from 355 hotel rooms and suites.
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