Date: *20th May 2016
- Latitude: * 43 degs. 32.0 mins N *Longitude: *07 degs 1.3 E
- Weather: *Clear blue skies all day, light sea breeze 23c
For this port we had to be tendered ashore, by the ships life boats. It`s all very well organized, you collect a ticket from one of the ships lounges and when your number is called you go to the tender platform and then go ashore.
We were in no particular hurry to go ashore, so it was a latish breakfast, we checked our surroundings from the top deck, and took a few photos, the view we had was magnificent, the sea was so blue and the sun shining on all of the buildings, it looked great. The bay we were in was full of luxury yachts all different sizes, plus another cruise ship the “Norwegian Epic” and a couple of smaller cruise ships. You might ask why all this shipping, well our visit to Cannes coincided with the Cannes film festival.
Our landing point ashore was very near the “Old town”. We were soon passing one of the marinas with lovely yachts everywhere. Heading for the famous “ Promenade de la Croisette” we were passing the temporary tented village for the film festival, I suppose this was where all the Beautiful people would be seen!! Up next is the main festival hall and a lot of activity here, one side of the dual carriage way was closed outside the hall and used as a pedestrian walkway, here there were camera crew and the like some people parading around hoping to be spotted by a film director, it was really entertaining! The security people all around the “Red carpet” was unbelievable. But still it`s something you don`t see every day, now onto the Promenade proper beautiful tall trees which give shade, small
manicured flower beds and a lovely footpath, on the sea side there were beach restaurants with sun loungers and beach umbrellas, a lot of the beach restaurants belong to hotels which are directly opposite. There are several public beaches within the town so everyone can have a bit of the good life.
We continued along the promenade until we were opposite the famous Carlton hotel, it`s a very fine building, but as with all the hotels along the front there were temporary advertisements on parts of their façade because of the film festival. We then swapped sides of the road, away from the beach side promenade and walked back toward the main town along the pavement in front of the hotels where there are many of the top designer brand shops, each with its own security guards on the door.
We decided to stay ashore for some lunch, and we were looking for Cannes old town, it was not difficult to find. Down one of the side streets we found a busy but shaded restaurant, we ended up with a pizza each and nice cool drink, we had plenty of time so we just soaked up the atmosphere of it all. After lunch we strolled along the busy and narrow streets of the old town, one thing to mention here, it`s very difficult to not stop and gaze, but also be tempted by all the fine pastries.
Nearly back to where we had started, we passed by the many pavement cafes by the marina, just a final look at the sea before we boarded our tender to get back to our ship. It was a bit on the lumpy side, as the breeze had got up, it was not a big swell it just happened to be in the wrong direction.
All in all we had a great day in Cannes, so it`s onto our next port of Livorno in Italy.