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My Cannes Experience

Sergey Dolya • 4 minutes read • March 29th, 2016


is primarily associated with the film festival, red carpets, and the world's movie stars. But today, I want to show the real Cannes.

Cannes is a resort town on the French shore of the sea. Frankly speaking, the people don't want for anything; a lot of yachts and boats are parked along the beach. By the way, that building with a casino on the left side of the panorama, is the 

Palais des Festivals et des Congres

, where the Cannes Film Festival takes place. The first palace was built in 1949, but because of the festival's growing popularity, in 1979 they decided to build a new, more spacious, building...

In my opinion, the Palace sharply differ from the overall architectural landscape of the city:

There are a lot of terraces and balconies in the houses, where the French spend their evenings, eating dinner and talking with friends:

If you look at the previous picture, you can see these people on the roof of a pink house:

Intercontinental Carlton - legendary luxury hotel in Cannes on the famous 

Promenade de la Croisette

. Hollywood celebrities stay here during the festival, and Hitchcock filmed 'To Catch a Thief' here in 1954:

There was some trouble with free Wi-Fi in Europe, but fortunately Intercontinental had recently asked me to advertise their loyalty program, which provides free access in 5,000 European hotels in the chain. It saved me during the journey around France:

Palm groves:

Every morning the city is carefully washed, you can play with the reflections on the asphalt:

Waterfront lives by the schedule. There were a lot of runners and athletes in the morning:

There were a lot of people resting on benches during the day:

There were even chairs where you could sit with your friends:

And in the evening the sun set behind the mountains and the promenade was empty:

However, to do it justice, it should be noted that these pictures were taken on Christmas Eve, when most of the townspeople were already home:

Cannes street:

Because of the threat of terrorist attacks, there were police officers on duty throughout the country:

There was real trouble with parking lots. At first I wanted to rent a car, but then I realized that I would spend more time and money on parking than on taxis and trains:

'Royal' hotel with two stars. OK:

Nobody worked on December 25, but the next day they slowly began to open:

Meanwhile, the Casino operated throughout the holidays. It was the peak season:
Author: Sergeydolya

Translated by: Gian Luka

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