Cannes is a place of choice to pollinating bees. Is the honey of the cities healthier than the honey of the fields? The roofs of the big hotels offer bees of cities, gardens free of pesticides for a honey of great brand and quality.
The Cannes InterContinental Carlton Hotel chose just now to shelter hives. Valuable for their pollinating abilities, the bees will soon produce a 5 star honey. ”Noblesse oblige”.
Since 2012, the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez has been sponsoring a hive through the association “A roof for the Bees” in order to participate in the protection of bees and of biodiversity in our region. There is no hive within the establishment; the honey is produced in the heart of the Gorges du Daluis. Each year, 100 honeys pots (100% bio), are delivered to the hotel by Philippe Chauvignon, the beekeeper who is taking care of the hive. Then these pots of honey are sold to the customers of the hotel as well as the staff of the institution.
On the roof of the Hotel Gray d’Albion, an apiary of five beautiful hives houses a swarm of bees and the produced honey is served for breakfast.
These apiaries are added to the installation of the Croix des Gardes, the green lung hill of Cannes, where about sixty hives are already installed. A real livestock that the commune endeavors to maintain and develop.
The valley of the Siagne, the nourishing earth of the basin in Cannes, welcomes Jean-Louis Lautard, a multi medal-holder for the high quality and variety of his honeys (honeys from flowers, fruit trees and scrubland). You can visit his workshop and discover this fascinating business. You may also enjoy his products on site when he is there because he spends a lot of time in the transhumance with his small queens.
The honey is celebrated in all its dimensions during the Honey Festival in the village of Mouans-Sartoux, the opportunity to discover the agricultural universe of this typical village of Provence just a few kilometers from Cannes. On April 24 from 10:00 am till 7:00 pm.
That just shows that Cannes loves its bees, since the city dedicates a conference to them called “The Bee and the Philosopher” at the Mediathèque Jean de Noailles on the eve of spring. For those who are fond of philosophy, the bee is a matter of choice. The thinkers of all times and of all civilizations have sought in the hive the secrets of nature and the mysteries of the culture. François and Pierre-Henri Tavoillot are brothers, and come to talk to us about their book published in 2015. François is a professional beekeeper and Pierre-Henri is a philosopher at the Sorbonne. The meeting will be followed by a book signing of The Bee and the Philosopher, ed. Odile Jacob. Friday March 18 2016 at 6:30 pm, 1 avenue Jean de Noailles – www.artefilosofia.com
The hotels in Cannes offer a place of choice for hives and bees and thus participate in the pollination of gardens.