“I think George Clooney has stood right where I’m standing…”
Often frequented by the showbiz faces of Hollywood during the Cannes Film Festival each year in May, this year, these shores of the French Riviera saw myself and James descend upon the glitzy town. Staying in the nearby city of Nice, Cannes was the perfect day trip.
Nice Gare to Cannes La Bocca
€29 (£26) return for two adults
Around 30 minutes
Maybe it was all in my head but even the train station felt like it had an air of Hollywood glamour to it (though it was definitely all in my head). The Promenade de la Croisette – lined with waving palm trees – runs right along the beachfront, with modernist architecture designs popping out to grab our attention at each traffic light. Behind the promenade, the streets abound with shops, are ready and waiting for enthusiastic shoppers to take a hit on their credit card.
The sandy beach was a welcome change to the stone ridden one in Nice, though the seagulls played havoc during the afternoon – swooping in close range to a poor victims head before they tried to nab a bit of a baguette or ice cream. Absolutely nuisances.
Though there is a promenade which runs along the long beach in Cannes there are little coves which break up the lengthy stretch. These coves were the perfect spot to lay our towels down right by the lapping water which occasionally ran through our toes. On our quest to find the perfect beach towel spot we picked up essential supplies on our way, including Sour Cream and Onion Pringles, Fanta Orange and a tuna baguette, like I said the essentials… Sat by the sea, listening to the water rock backwards and forwards (as well as James munching away on the Pringles) the moment was everything I wanted from a beach. Food, sun, the ocean and cracking company.
Whilst our day in Cannes was lovely and a great change of scenery from Nice, I don’t think I’d want to spend more than a day or two there unless I wanted to spend a week on the beach, (in which case it’s perfect). This is simply because I feel there is much more to do in some of the surrounding towns and cities along the French Riviera. Nonetheless, it certainly emits class and style whilst still maintaining a seaside resort vibe, which is all you can really ask of a beach town.