Every traveller around the world knows the name of the city of Cannes, mostly due to the famous international film festival being held here. Indeed, ladies driving Maseratis for shopping trips, Porsches blowing their horn here and there, and Lamborghini and Ferrari running past the streets like common taxis – is not uncommon view in this cute little city. But, irrespective of this outer glittering, the town does have a common flow of life inside.I will take you there now 🙂
We reached Cannes in early morning on a Sunday, while the street were busy with people going to the Sunday market , some having breakfast in the street side stalls or in open air restaurants. The city of Cannes has grown around the port, which is indeed the first place we visited. You can see the port in here :
After roaming around the beach and the port, we walked towards the town. We went past this ice fountain and reached the beach side antique market. In Europe, I have seen many cities with this kind of market, which is extremely interesting. While many of the items are just handmade and have no historical values, some really interesting antique artefacts. With the shopkeepers’ permission, we clicked some photos 😀
The market also has some nice stalls for handmade soaps delivered in small handmade cotton pouches. You can have it written with the name of your loved one, whom you wanna gift some. And some nice bath salts are also available, but they are little expensive than other places.
I found Cannes similar to other riviera towns. We saw the common people, who enjoy the Sunday morning just like the folks of any other small town.They were coming from and going to the local market, brining fresh breads, fruits, flower bouquets and small plants. Many were enjoying fresh coffee in little market-side cafes. Moms were walking with their babies in perambulators, gossiping with each other stopping by the roadside. Old ladies with nice coats roaming with their dogs. Some people were running back home finishing their morning walk in the beach .
Forville is the main covered daily market, which changes into flea market once a week.The old town is interesting, and you can visit Musée de la Castre in the old castle and climb to the top of the tower. The panoramic view of Cannes over the Mediterranean Sea, and the mountains can be seen from the tower.
Cannes is well connected to the rest of the French riviera by bus, train and ferries. Antibes and Nice can be visited for only 1 euro per person one way in bus, which leaves every half an hour from Cannes
We had to go back that day to Toulouse and our car pool guy told us to wait in a nearby village. We needed a small bus ride there. Here a kind guy from the antique market helped me out as I did not know the bus stop. He did not know English, and I did not know French, but he was so kind, that he helped me to find my way with the key words and hand gestures. I really advise Parisians to learn this amazing attitude from Southern France.
I did not visit Grasse , the perfume heaven, but it is also another worth-a-visit from Cannes.
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