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La Croisette, le matin. calme et sérénité avant les activités nautiques

Do you actually know the enduring link between Cannes and the cinematographic arts?

I invite you to discover, or rediscover, the locations and activities that, over the course of a weekend, will create an ode to entertainment and to the pleasure of good things in a cinematographic whirl. Camera… Action!

Under the mischievous eye of Marilyn who covers the entire side of a hotel, I begin my adventure by heading to the Rue d’Antibes, to stroll past the shop windows, the perfect time to make a snap purchase. This is when I was overtaken by the Little Train, travelling up and down the streets in the town centre, taking a Cinema tour.

The Marilyn frescoes on the outside of the Cannes Riviera hotel

The Marilyn frescoes on the outside of the Cannes Riviera hotel

I naturally then continue my foray along another dynamic artery of the city: rue Meynadier, which combines the charms of stores selling food, souvenirs and ready-to-wear clothing of all kinds.

Rue Meynadier: the commercial heart of the old town

Rue Meynadier: the commercial heart of the old town

So here I am, under the roof of the Forville market with its stalls, and the appeals to the senses multiply. Colourful, joyfully noisy and tempting for the taste buds.

In addition to the market stalls, a good number of restaurants can be found nearby, in the alleys of Le Suquet: the old town. To mention just a few, La Sousta with its famous aïoli, Le Maschou, Le Meat, the appealing range of local dishes offered by Suquet Première, and even Pizza Cresci or Gaston Gastounette at the port, on Quai Saint-Pierre.

Forville Market in the hundred year-old covered market building and local producers’ stalls

Forville Market in the hundred year-old covered market building and local producers’ stalls

Don’t forget to go to the Place de la Castre, unmissable for the panoramic and breathtaking view it offers over the bay and the islands. I reflect. Beside me, a group of visitors are roaring with laughter; they have just listened to an anecdote by the guide, within the framework of the “Cannes and the cinema, a glamorous duo” tour provided every Friday afternoon by the Tourist Office.

Before returning to the town centre, I will make a stop at the Envers du Décor, another charming painted wall in the historic quarter.

Heading for La Croisette and its Palais des Festivals! While Hollywood has its Walk of Fame, here we find the no less famous Chemin des Étoiles, a host of handprints left by famous actors, actresses and artistes. I also play the Jack Sparrow silhouette game around the square. Click! It’s in the bag.

The Chemin des Étoiles, the hand prints of stars who have passed through Cannes

The Chemin des Étoiles, the hand prints of stars who have passed through Cannes

Strolling along the famous boulevard is always enjoyable, sometimes trampled at a run by joggers, sometimes besieged by a flock of spectators on blue chairs. Whatever the weather, this changes the colour of the sea, which is rarely the same.

Chairs in relaxation areas for locals and visitors all year round

Chairs in relaxation areas for locals and visitors all year round

I will also be sure to take off my shoes and socks to walk on the still-hot sand, before returning to my hotel room. I’m staying in the legendary Carlton, which, in addition to its unique architecture, also served as a location for feature films: Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” with Grace Kelly, or more recently “Dead Tired” with Carole Bouquet.

Dinner will be at La Môme, seduced by its trendy setting and Mediterranean menu or the TUBE or la LIBERA or BOBO BISTROT. A good restaurant with an ideal location, since it’s halfway between my Palace for the night and the Carré d’Or, where I will continue my evening. The Ptit Bar, the spot for locals, is a good place to order a first drink in the midst of the electrifying bustle that animates the street, as is Barrel’s. Later, I will soak up the atmosphere at Chrystie until the end of the night…

The Bay of Cannes at twilight

The Bay of Cannes at twilight

The following morning, dazzling sunshine heralds a day of new experiences.

It would be a real shame to leave Cannes without having seen its best preserved area, in the running for Unesco World Heritage Listing: the Lérins islands.

The Lérins islands are a 10-minute boat trip from Cannes Vieux-Port

The Lérins islands are a 10-minute boat trip from Cannes Vieux-Port

Some are spiritual and wild: Saint Honorat.

Others are cultural and full of coves: Sainte Marguerite. This will always hide the secret identity of the Man in the Iron Mask, so often evoked and imagined that the latter has made it to the big screen, played in turn by Jean Rochefort and then by one Leonardo Di Caprio.

Whichever island you choose, escape and communion with nature await you !

Recommended to the most enthusiastic movie lovers who will be delighted by the news: the Pop-up Museum of Cinema will return this summer! An exhibition has been announced, devoted to Georges Méliès, director, illusionist and a pioneer in special effects.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alban

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