One fine morning in Cannes …


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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 🙂

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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 :

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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 😀

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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.

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DSC_3640 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, the main daily market
Forville, the main daily market

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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

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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.

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I did not visit Grasse , the perfume heaven, but it is also another worth-a-visit from Cannes.

Glimpse of port from the town
Glimpse of port from the town

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  1. What time of year was this – early spring? Your comment about Parisians learning from the people in the south made me laugh, they know plenty of ‘hand gestures’ but none that you would find helpful…….have you seen my post on ‘How to eat Franglais’ this might help you get a bit better treatment – bonne chance!

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    1. You may laugh if you like 🙂 I am nobody to say about that. But I am stating my own experience . I do not need to learn what they do when I am travel there, it is courtesy in every place to behave with the tourists. You do not need language for that, you only need attitude.And if attitude is right, you do not need to force me to learn, I would learn by myself. Like I am learning Swedish after I have visited Sweden. Nobody forced me to. Good behaviour is a good human quality, treating people better does not make you inferior. And treating somebody according to skin color, only shows inferiority complex. You may have a different opinion, but I do not appreciate the racist behaviour I have experienced.

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      1. It’s just living in Paris – I know how rude Parisians can be – or seem to be, this is why I though that you may find my post amusing as it explains some cultural issues. But if you are talking about racism – then that is a totally different issue, and quite frankly I am shocked that you came across this here as it is a very multicultural city and I regularly work in parts of the city where I am the only white person on the tram and I have never experienced a racist attitude. Parisians are renown for being rude, and they can be – but a lot of what is seen as rude is cultural misunderstanding (as I explain in the post, often tourists are rude first, by Parisian etiquette, but they do not realise this, so brand the Parisians as rude). I see all the time, tourists walking into restaurants and sitting down without asking for a table – even if the restaurant is empty, this is considered the way to behave in Paris – if you do not do this, the waiter will think that you are very rude and be rude back – it is the same for shops – tourists walk in and do not say bonjour or au revoir when they leave and merci – even if they have not bought anything, they just walk in and touch things – again this is considered very rude – but if this is OK in their cultures (as it is in the UK and I had to learn the hard way that this is not how things are done here) then the tourists do not realise this – it is little insider tips like this that I have posted, to make peoples visits here more pleasant and not to ‘force; them to learn. I too had to learn the language when I came here, but I realised very early that language was the last thing on the list of the things that I needed to know – there is a code of ethics here, that people are not aware of. But as I said, if you experienced racism, then that is unacceptable.

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      2. Thank you as you have take the time to explain it. Maybe I was unfortunate. But as I was living one month in toulouse, I already learnt saying bonjour or au revoir or Merci, so I don’t think that was the issue. I did meet the nice people as well. But the thing is if parisians expect that everyone will learn their etiquette, it is wrong on their part. Every country has several customs and cultural heritage. As the tourists are expected to respect parisian’s culture, parisians are also expected to be open their mind.

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