Cannes is a city on the Côte d’Azur in between Antibes and St. Tropez. It’s most famous as the home of the Cannes film festival, but I prefer its less glitzy side. Twenty-three hundred years ago, Cannes was founded as a fishing village. As with the rest of the French Riviera, life here changed in the 19th century with the arrival of the railway and tourists. The Carlton Hotel and the Promenade de la Croisette attracted casino high rollers. This is the end of town that has the private beaches, designer boutiques, and exclusive restaurants. The part of Cannes that I enjoy the most is the Old Town, historically the area of fishermen. At the top of the cliff, there are the ruins of a castle and the view of the port below is quite spectacular.
Today’s expression, passer un film (passay uhn feelm) means to show a movie. Cannes is full of the beautiful people during the film festival, but it’s own beauty needs no red carpet all the rest of the year.
- Cannes (apostcardaday.blogspot.com)
- MIPIM 2013 – the countdown has begun…. (timgarrattnottingham.co.uk)
- Travel: Peggy Siegal’s Guide to Cannes and the French Riviera (vanityfair.com)