May is a great time to visit Cannes if you enjoy the "glamor" and crowds that go with the Film Festival. Weather can sometimes be a bit "iffy" but the rain doesn't dull the spirit and activity associated with the experience.
The clouds let loose while I was "shooting" the Red Carpet arrivals, but most all of the celebrities trudged on without umbrellas and braved the short walk past the throngs of people straining to get a glimpse of their favorite star or the "exotic" vehicle they arrived in.Related to:
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Famous hotels - Martinez.
Among the famous hotels on La Croisette nobody ignores the Martinez.
409 rooms and suites on 7 floors over 40.000 m2. Three restaurants among which a 2 stars at the Guide Michelin and a private beach.
Martinez was the name of the first owner who opened the hotel in 1929.
You will see from my photo that there are more rooms in the side street than on the sea front.Related to:
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Little Tourist Train
If you tired of too much walking then try to discover Cannes by Little Tourist Train. It is fast easy and maybe in your native language.
Click on website link and read about costs, routes and schedule.Related to:
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The Cannes Calendar - events all year around
January - MIDEM - International market for music
February - MILIA - GSM world congress - Festival of Games
March - MIPIM - international market for real estate
April - MIPTV - international market for television programmes
May - Cannes Film Festival
June - Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival
July - Nuits Musical de Le Suquet, start of Firework Competition
August - International Pyrotechnics /Fireworks Competition
September - International Yachting Festival
October - MIPCOM - International Film television cable satellite and video market
November - MAPIC - logistics and distribution
December - International Dance FestivalRelated to:
Cannes is situated exactly at the mid-point of the Côte d'Azur: it takes as long to reach Saint-Tropez as it does San Remo in Italy (roughly 1.5 hours each). Cannes also benefits from its proximity to the A7 motorway (Autoroute du Soleil). It is, therefore, the perfect anchor point from which to depart to destinations all over the Côte d'Azur. When visiting Cannes for more than a few days, it is worth planning some day trips to various towns and villages across the region. Click here for possible destinations.Related to:
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Hand Prints of Celebrities
Right beside the Palais Des Festivals, you will find various hand prints of celebraties on the floor. Pretty cool knowing " who is who" was there before. The picture shown here is the hand print of the famous actor Bruce Willies.
Feux d'Artifices - July and August 2005
The Festival d'Art Pyrotechnique is an international firework display competition held each year over six days in July and August, to see who can produce the most "Ooooohhhhh"-generating eye-popping firework display.
The setting is the magnificent Baie de Cannes, 10pm, and each display is 25 minutes choreographed to a dozen or so selections of music pumped out through the mass soundsystem.
Expect, err, fireworks! Mouthwatering displays. Especially July 14th (Bastille Day - "Fete Nationale") to go with a bang all up and down the coast.
The 19th century Malmaison is one of the few remaining mansions from the bygone era along la Croisette. It was originally a pavilion in the gardens of the 19th century legendary Grand Hôtel and is the sole survivor of the original complex. It served as the casino and tea room of the 1863 Grand Hôtel. After the demolition of the original hotel building, la Malmaison was purchased by the city of Cannes and now houses the Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as an exhibition hall for the arts. Sadly, a more modern, but much less pretty, Grand Hôtel building replaced the original classic and has continued to serve as a hotel, albeit with a lot less fame and glamour (see photos).Related to:
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Eglise Orthodoxe Russe Saint Michel-Archange
Once a winter destination, Cannes was frequented in the late 1800s by the Russian aristocracy escaping harsh winters in their homelands. As the influx and influence of the community increased, Eglise Saint Michel-Archange, a Russian Orthodox church, was built in Cannes to serve the members. Naturally, the distinctive Russian architectural style, complete with its blue onion-shaped dome and colourful façade, was chosen for the church. The church lies hidden in a residential neighbourhood away from the sight of mass tourists who visit Cannes.Related to:
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Notre Dame des Pins
Built in 1894, Notre Dame des Pins is a Catholic chapel. When it was completed, it was a lone structure surrounded by pine trees, hence the name "des Pins". Very quickly, though, houses were built around it as the city was gaining popularity as a winter resort. Today, residential buildings have replaced many of these houses and Notre Dame des Pins finds itself in a highly urban area with none of the original pine trees that gave it its name.Related to:
Marine Park 30 minutes from Cannes
When we got off our cruise we passed a little tourist information hut at the pier and saw a flyer for the Marinepark. It is situated in Biot - four stops on the train and only took 30 minutes to get to as it is 5 minutes from the train station in Biot to the park by foot. This is not only a marine park but also has crazy golf, a water park with loads of slides and also a wild west park so you could easily spend a day there. Plus on the other side of the road from the train station there is a nice little beach.
The marinepark cost €35 (doesnt include adminission into the other parks) which i thought was a bit steep and unfortunately we only had about 2 hours to spend there and we weren't in time for any of the whale, dolphin or sealion shows so if you are going make sure you have about 4 or 5 hours to spend there.
There was an underwater tunnel where you could see sharks and turtles, a penguin enclosure, sealion enclosure, piranhas and dolphin pool where even if you couldnt see a show you could still watch them playing. Best of all you can go and watch the killer whales in the big pools on the tiered seating where the shows are held so even though initially we were disappointed to miss the shows and didnt think we would see the whales, we were able to spend ages watching them play (and try to attack a seagull - lol).
It was a really nice day and despite the cost it is worth going to if you are in Cannes for a few days. We didnt go to the water park, etc but they looked really good. It only costs about €2 on the train to get there and there are return trains to Cannes very frequently.
The Clock Tower
This is the most visible landmark in Cannes and also one of the oldest, the tower is part of Notre Dame de L' Esperance that sits on the top of the hill overlooking the town. Be sure to get some pictures of the one part of Cannes that isn't part of the film festival!
Allee des Stars
Around the Palais is the 'Allee des Stars', which is a chain of hand prints of stars in cement slabs. Each square has a set of hand prints plus the stars name etched in.
It was fun walking around looking at the various starsRelated to:
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Make a visit to a nearby medieval town
Nestled high in the Hills above the Riviera is the ancient city of St Paul de Vence. As the bus chuggs up the steep grades the city walls become visible. Its a lot of fun plodding along the same narrow winding streets that midieval folk walked 300 or more years before. There are plenty of nice scenic areas for photography.
Cannes is great for "upper-crust" shopping. You should be in Nice for serious or business shopping, while Cannes is a shopper's paradise for chic and expensive items. Although you might want to buy your yacht in Antibes, the Rolls-Royce dealer is in Cannes, and there is an endless collection of top-of-the-line jewellery shops, haute-couture clothing shops and art galleries.
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