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The Hotel de Ville, Cannes. - Cannes

The Hotel de Ville, Cannes. - Cannes

Cannes.

We decided to visit Cannes for the day during our recent holiday to Nice. It is easy to get to by public transport from Nice. The fastest way is to get the train, which takes about thirty minutes. However, we took the number 200 bus which leaves from the Rue Verdun/Albert 1ere bus stop, between the Meridian Hotel and the start of the Promenade du Paillon gardens. There are also several stops along the Promenade des Anglais. This takes around an hour and a half. It costs 1Euro 50 cents.

Cannes began life as a small fishing village. It was later made popular as a winter resort with a mild climate following the visit there of former British Royal Chancellor Lord Brougham in 1834. He subsequently began to popularise the town among royalty, artists and writers. After the Second World War many luxury hotels were built there. In September 1946 Cannes held its first international film festival in the Casino Municipal. This festival is now held every May. Famous historical visitors to Cannes include Guy de Maupassant, JMW Turner, Victor Hugo, Renoir and Picasso. Nowadays Cannes continues to be associated with the rich and famous.

We began our visit to Cannes by looking at its picturesque old town. I especially loved the church. We then walked along its beach, visited its port, its famous film festival hall, where we paused to have our photos taken on the red carpet ­ and its Christmas market. We found it a very pleasant place to visit and explore.

Tour du Masque'

Climbing up to Cannes old town known as Le Suquet, we passed the Tour du Masque also known as the Tour du Mont Chevalier. This twelfth century tower takes its name from the well known Man in the Iron Mask. It is said that he spent his last days in the tower after escaping the Bastille on Sainte­ Marguerite Island where he had been imprisoned for eleven years. His ghost is alleged to still haunt the tower. 9, Rue du Mont Chevalier,

Tour du Masque - Cannes

Tour du Masque - Cannes

Tour du Masque - Cannes

Tour du Masque - Cannes

Cannes Bus Station.

The bus station in Cannes has quite an interesting painted tromp l'oeil style painted wall. In keeping with the rest of Cannes it is based on the subject of film stars and movies. It is quite cleverly done.

Cannes Bus Station

Cannes Bus Station

La Castre Museum.

At the top of Le Suquet Hill stands La Castre Museum. This museum was set up in the ruins of the medieval castle of the Lérins monks in 1952. We are not all that into museums, so we did not actually visit it. Apparently its highlights are the twelfth century Chapelle Sainte ­Anne and an art gallery featuring the works of local artists. Its address is 1 Place De La Castre, Cannes. Its opening times are July­ - August 10am - ­7pm and October­ - March 10am­ - 1pm and 2­pm - 5pm; April - ­June and September 10am - ­1pm and 2­ - 6pm. Closed Mondays from October to June. Free admission the first Sunday of the month.

La Castre Museum - Cannes

La Castre Museum - Cannes

La Castre Museum - Cannes

La Castre Museum - Cannes

Eglise Notre Dame d’Espérance.

Next to the castle museum stands the lovely Eglise Notre Dame d’Espérance. This gothic church was completed around 1627. It has a selection of beautiful paintings including a fresco by George Roux depicting the baptism of Jesus. As it was Christmas when we visited, this church also had a wonderful nativity scene. When you paid a Euro, the scene lit up and all the parts started to move. Address: 1 Place de la Castre, Cannes'

Nativity in Eglise Notre Dame d'Espérance - Cannes

Nativity in Eglise Notre Dame d'Espérance - Cannes

Eglise Notre Dame d'Espérance - Cannes

Eglise Notre Dame d'Espérance - Cannes

Eglise Notre Dame d'Espérance - Cannes

Eglise Notre Dame d'Espérance - Cannes

Eglise Notre Dame d'Espérance - Cannes

Eglise Notre Dame d'Espérance - Cannes

Views from Le Suquet.

When you climb up to the top of Le Suquet, you get beautiful views over Cannes including the picturesque houses of the old town, the old port, the modern city and the long sandy beach of La Croisette. Well worth seeing.

Views from Le Suquet - Cannes

Views from Le Suquet - Cannes

Views from Le Suquet - Cannes

Views from Le Suquet - Cannes

Views from Le Suquet - Cannes

Views from Le Suquet - Cannes

Views from Le Suquet - Cannes

Views from Le Suquet - Cannes

Views from Le Suquet - Cannes

Views from Le Suquet - Cannes

Beaches.

Cannes has several long sandy beaches. These were fairly popular on a warm, sunny winter's day. I would imagine they would be very crowded in summer. Even in December the odd brave soul was in the sea. The beaches were also in part lined with restaurants and had volley ball courts and other sporting activities.

Cannes beach. - Cannes

Cannes beach. - Cannes

Cannes beach. - Cannes

Cannes beach. - Cannes

The Old Port of Cannes.

We walked past the old port of Cannes or Vieux Port as it is called in French. This is a pretty area filled with a whole assortment of different kinds of boats. Somewhere for the millionaire to moor his boat.

The old port of Cannes. - Cannes

The old port of Cannes. - Cannes

The old port of Cannes. - Cannes

The old port of Cannes. - Cannes

The Palais des Festivals.

Cannes is of course very famous for its International Film Festival which is held every May in the Palais des Festivals on the waterfront. The steps of this building are lined with red carpets which gives the lesser famous of us a chance to pose like the famous. Quite good for a laugh and an interesting photo opportunity.

The Palais des Festivals - Cannes

The Palais des Festivals - Cannes

The Palais des Festivals - Cannes

The Palais des Festivals - Cannes

The Palais des Festivals - Cannes

The Palais des Festivals - Cannes

The Palais des Festivals - Cannes

The Palais des Festivals - Cannes

The Cannes Walk of Fame.

Outside the Palais des Festivals in Cannes you can see the Cannes Walk of Fame. This consists of the hand prints of a very large number of famous actors and actresses. It is quite interesting to stroll along it and see how many of the big names you have heard of.

Julie Andrews - Cannes

Julie Andrews - Cannes

Sophia Loren - Cannes

Sophia Loren - Cannes

David Lynch - Cannes

David Lynch - Cannes

Jack Nicholson. - Cannes

Jack Nicholson. - Cannes

Sylvester Stallone - Cannes

Sylvester Stallone - Cannes

Ice- Skating next to the beach.

At Christmas time across the road from the waterfront and Palais des Festivals you can find a Christmas Market and next to the market is the ice­-skating rink. Both seemed very popular and busy during our wintertime visit.

Ice-skating. - Cannes

Ice-skating. - Cannes

Ice-skating. - Cannes

Ice-skating. - Cannes

Ice-skating. - Cannes

Ice-skating. - Cannes

Ice-skating. - Cannes

Ice-skating. - Cannes

Christmas Market. - Cannes

Christmas Market. - Cannes

Posted by irenevt 07:10 Archived in France

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Back in '71, myself and two pals arrived in Cannes, (an awfully expensive place,) hotfoot from Istanbul in our safari landrover, we quickly realised this place was not on our diminished budget, so we drove some way out of town looking for an empty beach to pitch the tent for the night, we soon spotted a likely candidate and followed the dune trail towards the sea, suddenly we realised we were not alone as several naked bodies emerged from cover, we had just stumbled on a mixed gender nudist beach and were in something of a quandary as how to proceed when two burly "concieges" told us to either get our clothes off or get off the beach.

We quickly opted for the latter option and eventually found a more suitable camp site.

But wait.....I've discovered the deliberate mistake in your blog, hubby is bereft of his beer, or is he on a beery "sabbatical?"

by Bennytheball

You both look just perfect on the red carpet. It was made for you!

by Beausoleil

Hi Benny, I'm trying to remember where we went for a beer in Cannes but can't. Maybe it was too expensive just like everything else.

by irenevt

Hi Sally, Maybe in my dreams!!!!

by irenevt

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