The French Riviera: First Stop Cannes

September 22, 2013

The Ambassadeur Marriott Hotel in Juan Les Pins, just outside of Antibes, was our base of operation in the French Riviera as it is centrally located between Cannes and Nice.

La Croissette Promenade

La Croissette Promenade

We spent a few days traveling along the French Riviera (aka Cote d’Azur), and it is blue!  We stopped in Cannes where we walked along the La Croissette  promenade  along the Mediterranean.  There were several  restaurants on the lower level of the sandy beach.  On the upper level, Palm Trees lined the boulevard.  We walked the whole length and passed the Carlton “Intercontinental” Hotel, Casino and haute couture boutiques, while commenting on all the fun fall fashions.  Notably short sporty boots on women with mini skirts.

It’s always fun to watch the ultra fashionable and beautiful people.  And, of course, Bentley coupes and Bentley convertibles were as common as Hondas in the United States.

Carleton Hotel, Cannes

Carlton Hotel, Cannes

We continued to the end of the promenade, where the Palais des Festivals is located and where the Cannes Film Festival takes place each year in May.  The “Red Carpet” where the celebrities are photographed is still intact and available for fun photo shoots. If I had been with my female friends, I’m sure we would have posed.  But, I didn’t have time to sign autographs anyway.

There was a double decker carousel across the street in a little park at the end of the promenade. That was the first double I’ve  seen.

It was a long walk and I was hungry…again.   We continued around the corner across from the ocean to a little Italian restaurant (Surtout Maison DaMauriaia) where we sat at a bistro table watching the beachgoers and ordered Mussels et frittes and Tagliatelle bolognese.  I haven’t had a bad meal yet.

After we got revived, we walked through “Old Cannes” where the streets were lined with smaller (less expensive) stores, little cafes and boulangeries. I couldn’t resist a pastry at Jean Luc Pele.  Took it back to the hotel room for dessert. So delicious.

Jean Luc Pele

Jean Luc Pele











La Croissette Promenade

La Croissette Promenade





Tomorrow we will begin the day in Antibes.



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Joanne September 24, 2013 at 5:52 am

I’m so excited to read your posts from the south! It really is my favorite part of the world. So glad you have hit all of the places I love to share.
I can smell the streets in Cannes you speak of in the back areas of cafes and shops.
So yummy!


dacampa September 24, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Wish you were here. You would have encouraged me to make some nice purchases too!


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