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Take me to Cannes!

5/17/2016

Somebody, please?
And if I'm allowed to dream, why not dream big?
Next year I'll go to Cannes for the International Film Festival.. I'll stay at the Carlton Hotel and go to the premieres of all films that are competing for the Palme D'or - including the new Martin Scorsese movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.. I'll attend at all the social events and will dance until dawn at the Vanity Fair party!


Thoughts? It would be lovely don't you think?
The only thing that couldn't happen is woke up running through empty Times Square, right?! Oh, wait... that's another dream!
Anyway, my travel guide is ready and my bags are already packed :)


- How to get there:
Cannes is a famously glamorous beach that makes part of the French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur) along with Saint-Tropez and Monaco – a Mediterranean coast of southeaster France.


You can get a train from Paris to Cannes. The nearest airport is Aéroport Nice de Côte d'Azur in Nice (www.nice.aeroport.fr). There are frequent and efficient train services from the airport to Cannes. Operated by SNCF (www.voyages-sncf.com), the train calls into the station at rue Jean-Jaurès in Cannes.

- Where to stay:


The Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, just a short drive from downtown Cannes, is one of the most stunning properties in all of Europe. Situated on a cliff with a spectacular garden overlooking the sea, the hotel has a restaurant inside called Le Cap, a favorite of celebrities like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt. Le Cap has a luxurious Parisian vibe to it, with menu items that include slow-cooked sea bass in a zucchini flower and caviar from Aquitaine with baby leeks and olive oil.


The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is the prestigious Grande Dame of the Côte d'Azur, with a 140 year legacy of discreet hospitality, the hotel encapsulates the epitome in style and elegance of the French Riviera.
There are many peaceful corners and cabanas by the sea, offering seclusion if desired.
The 116 rooms and suites and two private villas are immersed in the surrounding beauty. The restaurants are famed for the finest quality produce conjured into simple exquisite cuisine; the Mediterranean at its best.

- Where to shop:

New Dior store:
Dior opened its second store on the Croisette May 11. Located at 7 Boulevard de la Croisette, this luxurious case offers the latest collections of the house just steps from the red carpet.

- La Croisette:
But first, what is croisette??
The Promenade de la Croisette (or Boulevard de la Croisette) is a prominent road in Cannes known for the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, where the Cannes Film Festival is held.. ok!



- Nightlife:


Bâoli
The Bâoli nightclub is where the stars hang once the screenings, dinners, and cocktail hours have come to a close. There’s definitely a list at this place, and VIPs take precedent, including billionaires and movie moguls. Some tables are set up outside under tents near La Croisette, while the main room inside offers an intimate but hedonistic setting for dancing through the night.

- Food & Wine:


Located in the Carlton Hotel, one of the oldest and most established in Cannes, this is the bar where Old Hollywood came to drink—Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor were frequent guests during the festivals. The room is decorated with a bit of Belle Epoque flair, with a menu of snacks that includes a smoked salmon club sandwich and a foie gras crostini.


La Palme d’Or
La Palme d’Or has two Michelin stars and sits inside the iconic Martinez Hotel, where many celebrities like Julia Roberts and George Clooney have stayed throughout the years of the Cannes Film Festival. The restaurant’s European-inspired menu includes dishes like bonito and belly, veal sweetbreads, and Chateaubriand. From the dimly lit dining room, guests won’t only be treated to views of the festival elite, but also of the Mediterranean Sea just across the Promenade de la Croisette.


Relais des Semailles, located in old Cannes, has a somewhat traditional sense of French decor—and one of the city’s few Michelin stars. But for cuisine beyond excellent seafood, and of the more rustic variety, try Le Maschou for a prix fixe treat. Its gigantic, rainbow-spanning vegetable basket will inspire a nouveau idea for dinner parties back home. For panoramic vistas, consider Les Vieux Murs, or “Old Walls,” which is located in Antibes, an easy 30-minute drive away. But half a mile off the coast of Cannes sits Île Sainte-Marguerite, the largest of the Lérins Islands. Go for another doable excursion, but stay for La Guérite, a restaurant with thatched-roof outdoor seating and a completely stunning seascape view.

And more suggestions by Vogue.Fr:

Da Laura
La table italienne. Depuis plus de vingt ans, la trattoria de Laura célèbre l’authentique cuisine transalpine à coup de raviolis à la ricotta et blettes, raviolini à la truffe, spaghettis alla chittara (tomates, bufala et anchois), vitello tonnato piémontais, tiramisu, panacotta... Le tout élaboré à partir des produits trouvés sur le marché le matin et à tendance bio. A noter, en plus, la terrasse bien exposée. Un incontournable.

Restaurant Da Laura, 8 rue 24 Août 06400 Cannes

L’Affable
Le bistrot contemporain. Aimable et bienveillante. Cette table cannoise ouverte par Jean-Paul Battaglia porte bien son nom. Ici, on sert une cuisine bistrot bien du coin et avec le sourire : aïoli de morue, joue de bœuf en cocotte, légumes en barigoule, dorade aux épices, carré d’agneau rôti au thym ou homard à la plancha, soufflé au Grand Marnier… Tout sent délicieusement bon la cuisine maison. 

L’Affable, 5 rue la Fontaine 06400 Cannes

Mantel
La table gastronomique. Installé dans le vieux quartier de Cannes, au pied du quartier pittoresque du Suquet, le Mantel est une délicieuse bulle à l’écart de l’agitation. Le chef Noël Mantel, ancien d’Alain Ducasse, revisite la cuisine méditerranéenne en lui apportant un twist délicat. A l’image du risotto à la truffe noire cuisinée à l’italienne, des petits farcis provençaux ou des cannelloni de cèpes frais. Sans oublier la ribambelle de desserts à tomber.

Restaurant Mantel, 22 rue Saint Antoine 06400 Cannes

La plage privée de l’hôtel 3.14 
La table healthy. Bio et sans gluten, le restaurant de la plage privé du 3.14 affiche son penchant pour une alimentation saine, locale et de saison. Dans l’assiette, des plats « faits maison » réalisés à partir d’ingrédients choisis chez les producteurs locaux : tomates et burrata, tartare de saumon et avocat, salade de crabe aux agrumes et quinoa, loup grillé au fenouil, suprême de volaille fermier et pommes confites, tarte aux fraises, moelleux au chocolat… A croquer les pieds dans le sable.

3.14 Resto de la Plage, 5 rue François Einesy 06400 Cannes

La Cave
Le bistrot authentique. Une institution cannoise, aussi célèbre pour ses spécialités provençales faites maison (beignets de felur de courgette, aïoli aux légumes du jour, farcis “Mamie Jeanne”…) que son ambiance enjouée. La carte des vins vaut aussi le détour. Un must absolu.

9 boulevard de la République 06400 Cannes

- Beyond the Film Festival:


Cannes’s famed beach promenade, La Croisette, is certainly a must to see-and-be-seen—but as is the Marché Forville, a gigantic indoor market for flowers, produce, and fromages galore. If it was island-hopping that spoke to you most, consider a voyage to Île St-Honorat, the second-largest of the Lérins Islands. The main attraction of this specific spot is the Lérins Abbey, a 5th-century monastery with beautiful present-day grounds.


Established in a medieval 11th-century tower but with a 19th-century collection of artifacts, weaponry, instruments, and landscape art, Musée de la Castre houses a fascinating hodgepodge of gems. Besides its maritime collection, Musée de la Mer’s cliffside perch makes this institution well worth an additional visit to Île Sainte-Marguerite. However, if that’s not enough to lure you back, consider the fact that its Fort Royal location was where the Man in the Iron Mask was apparently held. For those more interested in modern art, head to Antibes to visit Musée Picasso. The first museum to be dedicated to the renowned artist, it has set up shop in Château Grimaldi, a historical stronghold for the ancestors of Monaco’s royal family. Keep driving along the coast and then go farther west to the Musée National Fernand Léger and its correlating library. The external murals—a riot of color—are reason enough to just swing by.


* photos and travel guide inspiration from Vogue.US & Vogue.Fr

Cannes is not just about the Film Festival, it is oh so much more than that, and the summer programme just announced by the City Fathers is perfect proof of this - see here Été à Cannes and pack your bags too ;)

+ Travel Beauty Tips from inside #Cannes2016 by Doutzen Kroes

Cannes Tourist Office 00 33 492 99 84 22; cannes.com or cannes-hotel-reservation.com), Palais des Festivals, La Croisette.

   

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