This 7.6 square mile beachside town on the French Riviera is truly magnificent. Most people associate it with the glamorous Cannes Film Festival, but there is so much more to this city than yachts, decadence and glitterati.

The beauty of Cannes, when you think of it, is that it’s a small town that welcomes the world. Yes, there are ridiculous, opulent options but there is also a quaint, humble side.

One of my trips there was for the Cannes Film Festival and it was truly an unforgettable experience. I have never had a bad time!

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*The Belvedere IX launch – oh those memories. And seeing one of my favorite punk rock artists, Blondie*

To Stay:

– InterContinental Carlton Cannes: Within walking distance from everything and overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

– Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc: Truly a luxury landmark hotel – one of the most beautiful hotels in the world.

Hotel Du Cap

– Hotel Splendid Cannes: It’s practically acorss the street from the Palais des Festivals et des Congres. It’s also a few minutes from the beach.

– Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso Cannes: Stunning rooftop view of the Old Port.

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Restaurants:

– Tetou: Although $$$, the bouillabaisse is outstanding.

– Le Baoli: Asian fusion and best for late night food.

– L’Ondine Plage: Locally sourced grilled fish.

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– La Table du Chef: Different menu everyday so you never know what you’re going to get. Chef gets the ingredients from the market that day.

– Astoux ed Brun: Not fancy but the seafood is so fresh.

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Nightclubs:

– Gotha Nightclub: Big bottles of champagne, girls dancing around them, great DJs, and glitter everywhere. It’s pretty fabulous.

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– Le Baoli: A staple.

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To Do:

– Visit Le Suquet (Old Town): This represents the old fishing village. With it’s old world charm, there is a watchtower, gourmet boutiques, shopping, and quaint old streets.

– The Marche Forville market: Local produce, cheese, wine and flowers all by local folks. This is the heart of the city.

– Cave Riviera: Amazing wine shop. Think wine, salami and cheese as you shop.

– Boulevard de la Croisette: One of the most fashionable streets on the French Riviera. The boulevard extends from the new Palais des Festivals along the rade de Cannes with its sandy beach.

– If you can swing it, attend the Festival de Cannes (Film Festival) in May. If you can’t, settle for a visit to The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. It’s the venue of the Festival. It’s used for events, conferences and festivals year round. There is also an on-site restaurant..

– The Beaches: there are public and private. The Meditteranean waters are ideal for sunbathing!

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