Glamorous Cannes

Choosing a break for Son’s half-term holiday usually involves the pot luck approach. We check out the budget airlines to see where the most reasonably priced flights would take us, make a list and then select. We found some cheap flights to Nice and opted for that – mainly because Son really fancied the idea of staying in Cannes. No great intellectual reason, it was all down to Mr Bean. Having watched Mr Bean’s Holiday where the aforementioned disaster prone character had an eventful trip to the south of France in time for the Cannes film festival, this really appealed to Son so the decision was made.

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Thankfully our arrival in Cannes was uneventful and bore no resemblance to Mr Bean’s journey. We flew to Nice airport, had an easy thirty minutes drive to our accommodation and arrived without incident. What we did have in common with Mr Bean was the Cannes Film Festival. We arrived on the second to last day and managed to experience the tail end of the glitz, glamour and frenzied activity that takes over this town when that festival is going on.

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Each May Cannes becomes a melting pot of movie stars, film makers and wannabees plus the old billionaire who all come to town for the 12 day film festival. It attracts the stars but also a serious number of photographers. The buzz is incredible and the people watching is something else. We had a stroll by the harbour first of all and admired the yachts in the Vieux Port – plenty of excess on show.

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The Palais des Festivals is just around the corner from the harbour – host of the film festival but not particularly attractive from the outside, we saw the red carpet rolled out and waiting for the last night of the festival. Apparently you can take tours, tread the stage and walk down the auditorium – just not when we were there. Plenty of suited security men keeping an eye on things and even at 2pm in the afternoon crowds of people pitching their front row spots for star watching. Son was amazed too at the number of stepladders all lined up and paparazzi with huge cameras getting ready for the evening’s activities.

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We just contented ourselves with posing for pictures near the 22 steps leading to the entrance – early in the day you could get close, by 5pm there was no chance.

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We wandered down Allee des Etoiles du Cinema where we ran into Sharon Stone and the Pink Panther and other icons of the silver screen – well at least their handprints and signatures in the pavement.

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A walk down the Croisette – the glamorous seaside promenade is a must do. This is the most famous street in Cannes, it curves along the coast and is lined by grand hotels and exclusive private beach clubs. The palm shaded promenade was a hive of activity – the Art Deco and Belle Epoque hotels are impressive but so too are the views of the lovely bay and the mountains. All the way down the Croisette at some of the swanky hotels people had also gathered round the entrances, kept behind ropes but straining to catch a glimpse of a movie star.

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We strolled taking it all in, had a rest in the lovely rose garden at the end then walked back to the Palais des Festivals where everyone’s attention was gathered that evening. On the way past the Festival Hall we saw huge crowds and couldn’t even get close. Still, at least we’d experienced the fringes of the Cannes glamour for the film festival.

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54 thoughts on “Glamorous Cannes

  1. It must have been interesting to see all the behind the scenes activity and the media machine involved in such a festival. I hope there was no disruption to your plans because of it.

    • Accommodation was a bit tricky to find, but we got an apartment slightly further out which actually worked out to be perfect. Apart from that though everything was fine for us – we arrived right at the end though, probably the best time just to catch a flavour of the whole thing but then to see Cannes get back to normal again.

  2. Ahh, the joy of travelling..:)I find it amazing that your son loves all this..How old is he? most nearly teens would love to go to the hype-much theme/game parks & adventurous itinerary. But this place is indeed a stunner.
    I hope to visit this place with my family too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Your lovely photos and narrative brought back memories of our visit to Cannes when we were staying in Nice. We went there for a week one Easter and ended up staying two weeks as we got stuck with the volcanic ash cloud – not the worst place to get stuck though! It looks much sunnier than your Welsh weekend!!

    • I remember that ash cloud – my parents were visiting us and ended up staying a couple of weeks as well!! Like you say though, worse places to be stuck than the South of France for sure. The weather was glorious – Wales at the beginning of the month and Cannes at the end – what a difference in terms of sunshine!

  4. Cannes has always sounded so glamorous to me – I can imagine it was super fun experiencing all the glitz and glamour! Too funny about Mr. Bean. I always think of him in Love Actually, one of the best scenes of the movie:).

  5. So happy I found your blog. As familiar as I am with Cannes (my husband’s aunt was the actress Daniele Delorme married to Yves Robert), and the family stories of the film festival, it’s always great to just read about normal Cannes. That’s what I love about the area. We stay every year and love it..
    Thank you for a sweet post with great, GREAT pics!

    • Thanks Catherine for your lovely comment and for coming by my blog!! What a great family connection to Cannes – makes it extra interesting for you. We loved staying here, found a great little apartment a bit out of the centre but it gave us a real feel for what normal Cannes was like!

    • It was a really great experience to catch the end of the festival, we didn’t time our visit specifically for that, but like you had heard so much about it that it was great to see what it was all about.

  6. I’m amazed you managed to stay there during festival season Joy – how exciting! We stayed in the south of France as backpackers and had a memorable outing to Antibes and Juan les Pins one day – can still picture it as if it were yesterday! Am glad you got on better than Mr Bean though!! Look forward to reading more of your adventures on the Cote D’Azur (excuse lack of accents it’s just too hard to find out how to do them on my computer keyboard). Hope you have a good weekend 🙂

    • I know exactly what you mean about those accents Rosemary – can’t figure them out here at all so I just leave them!! We had a lovely time, great weather and did loads of exploring so have plenty to write about – just need to get around to it!! Hope your weekend is a great one too.

      • I know Joy I’ve tried and apparently there are ways of doing accents but I just give up – I do know they are supposed to be there though! Really looking forward to your south of France posts – I know what you mean it can take me ages to organise photos and write everything up! Have a lovely weekend too 🙂

  7. I’ve never been to Nice but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it ! It looks very nice and the vieux port looks awesome !

    I hope you went there before the terrorist attack 😦 So scary what happened there !

  8. I’ve been to Nice but not Cannes. John went to a conference there once though, and was impressed – we always meant to visit but haven’t yet. It shouldn’t be the case, but these attacks somehow seem even sadder when I know the place. Munich now……

    • Cannes was a great place for exploring the wider area we found, we used it as our base and had a day or two there but found it convenient for going further afield. I know exactly what you mean about the attacks, can hardly believe what happened in Munich, I spent a year there as a student. Like you say Anabel, even sadder when you know the place.

  9. Joy, I can’t imagine all the frenzy around the the film festival! We have been able to visit Nice and Monte Carlo, but haven’t been to Cannes! Can’t wait to see the rest of your trip . Our world is in such a sad state, we have been to so many of the places that have recently been attacked! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

    • We loved Cannes and the whole area Pam – got to spend a day in Nice as well which really impressed us and made the sad events there recently even more real to us. Now Munich….

  10. What great timing to be in Cannes for the film festival! I have been to Cannes but never then. I would love to people watch and take in the glitz and glamour 🙂 A great break for you all ❤

  11. Cannes is such a lovely place! It must have been great catching the end of the festivities! I remember visiting a few years back, preferred Cannes to Nice- especially the sandy beach and old port area!

    • We had a day in Nice and enjoyed it there but found we did prefer our base to be Cannes, it has a completely different feel!! The festival, although we only caught the tail end was such a fun experience too, the icing on the cake.

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