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Honey Chitkara May 22 2015

Tell me more about Cannes.

Etti Bali May 22 2015
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Situated on the Cote d’Azur or the French Riviera, Cannes is not a destination, it’s a dream. A magnum opus of the Creator floating in time and taking you deeper with each stride and turn. Known as the Capital of World Cinema, the city is currently hosting the 68th Cannes International Film Festival. Here’s a look at the city beyond the red carpets and flashing lights.

Le Suquet

The Old Town situated on Suquet Hill was primarily a fishing port. Lined with serpentine alleys and adorned with stone steps, this labyrinthine town is a reflection of the city’s medieval past. Visit the Musee de la Castre, climb the 109 steps to the top of the 11th century watch-tower for breathtaking views of the city.

The port with the Old Town in the background (by photophilde)

Lerins Islands

Made up of four islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the Lerin Islands hold a place of prominence in the city’s history. Ile de Saint Honorat houses a monastery which was originally built in the year 410, while Ile Sainte-Marguerite has a fortress prison. The other two islands remain uninhabited.

Abbey Lerin on Ile de Saint Honorat (by Mark Fischer)

Two-in-One Market

Marche Forville is the place to be if you want to know why France is the gastronomic capital of the world! It doubles up as an antiques market called Marche Brocante on Mondays, where you can find all sorts of vintage paintings, books and jewellry!

Fresh Fruits (by David Baron)

Trek the Massifs

The gorgeous red cliffs of Massif de l’Esterel are the perfect place to unleash the adrenaline junkie in you with hiking and mountain biking trails.

Red Cliffs of Esterel (by Spencer Wright) *send him email to notify usage of image.

Village of Pablo Picasso

Located 15 minutes away from Cannes in Mougins, Notre Dame de la Vie is the villa where Pablo Picasso spent the final years of his life. The sprawling property has 35 rooms, a tennis court, swimming pools and guest cottages.

Street View (by Tim Gage)

G for Green!

Let green be the colour of the day by exploring the city’s many gardens and open spaces. Cannes boasts of a green cover of 50%, making it a garden city in the truest sense of the word. From the Moroccan avenues of Le Republique to the cemetery at Avenue de Grasse, you have many options to explore.

Serene Setting (by Stefan Jurca)

Underwater Excursion

All aboard the Nautilus! This glass-bottomed ship takes you on a one-of-its-kind underwater tour and operates every hour during the summer months.

I found Nemo! (by Joshua Nguyen)

Boulevard de la Croisette

Full of interesting characters, this curvaceous promenade proudly flaunts cafes, exotic foliage and million dollar views. Boulevard de la Croisette is also home to the Palais des Festivals which hosts many film festivals.

Sunset at the Boulevard (from the official Facebook page)

Palais des Festivals

The home of many film festivals, including the Cannes International Film Festival, Palais des Festivals is a spectacle! This year, the India Pavilion is going to be packed with cultural programmes and cinema showcases, what with two entries--Masaan and Chauthi Koot competing in different categories.Decked Up! (from the official Facebook page)

Shopping Galore

Known as the “Sister City of Beverly Hills”, Cannes is the centre of all trade on the French Riviera. Drop everything on your list and indulge in a memorable shopping spree!

Fashionistas (from the official website)

A city slithering beyond the restraints of time. An experience where the lines between enchantment and bemusement blur. A temptress whose call you can't ignore...this is Cannes beyond the glitz, glamour and the all-consuming greed for immortality.
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