Day 1. Cannes

Cannes este primul oras in care ne-am oprit in scurta noastra vizita pe Coasta de Azur. In drum spre hotel am un puternic sentiment de deja-vu. Am avut placerea sa  cunosc  aces minunat oras acum 6 ani exact in timpul Festivalului de Film, pe vremea cand faceam parte oficial din presa romaneasca. Insa in agitatia evenimentului nu am avut timp sa ma bucur cu adevarat de tot ce poate oferi acest mic, dar fabulos oras . Dupa  check-in-ul rapid la Hotel Montaigne Spa, am luat-o direct spre Croazeta, unde urma sa luam pranzul. Personal recunosc ca eram foarte nerabdatoare sa surprind cateva instantanee, ca sa pot sta linistita la masa, fara stresul ca vine vreo mica furtuna peste noi.


Cannes is the first city we saw in our short trip on the Cote d’Azur. On our way to the hotel I had a strong déjà-vu feeling. I had the pleasure to visit this wonderful city 6 years ago, during the Film Festival, when I was officially part of the Romanian media. But in the hustle and bustle of the event, I didn’t have the time to truly enjoy everything that this small but fabulous city has to offer. After a quick check-in at the Hotel Montaigne Spa, we went straight to the Croisette, where we were going to have lunch. I personally admit that I was very eager to capture a few snapshots, so that I can later remain calm at the table, without any stress that a small storm might come upon us.


In sfarsit  ajunsi la restaurantul JW Grill, o cunoastem personal si pe coordonatoarea grupului, Gordana,  iar echipa este completa. Schimbam impresii si incercam sa ne cunoastem mai bine. Ghidul nostru in Cannes, Karin, ne spune  cateva povesti legate de arhipelagul Lerins, in timp ce noi mai aruncam un ochi pe telefon, ca se ne asiguram ca pozele s-au uploadat cu succes pe Instagram. In sfarsit vine si felul principal, iepure rumenit in nush stiu ce, cu piure 🙂 Delicios!

Vreau sa spun  de fapt ca unul dintre lucrurile care m-au impresionat cel mai mult la aceasta zona a Frantei este gastronomia, felul si stilul localnicilor de a lua masa. Restaurantele micute si chochete, pitite de  marile bulevarde sunt de fapt locurile in care se mananca cel mai bine. Aveam sa ne convingem de acest lucru la cina  din aceeasi zi care a avut loc la Maitre Renard, cel mai mic restaurant pe care l-am vazut vreodata. La maxim 5 m de masa il puteam urmari pe Chef Renard in actiune, iar la final s-a apropiat sa ne cunoasca si sa se asigure ca suntem pe deplin satisfacuti culinar.

After finally arriving at the JW Grill restaurant, we personally meet the group coordinator, Gordana, and the team is complete. We trade stories and try to get to know each other better. Our guide to Cannes, Karin, tells us a few stories about the Lerins archipelago, while we check our phones to make sure that the pictures were successfully uploaded on Instagram. Finally, the main course arrives, rabbit roasted in something and purée. 🙂 Delicious!

What I actually wanted to say is that one of the things that impressed me the most about this area of France is the gastronomy, and the dining style of the locals. Small and chic restaurants, hidden from the large boulevards are actually the places with the best food. We were convinced of this at the dinner in the same day, which took place at Maître Renard, the tiniest restaurant I ever saw. Within maximum 5 meters of the table we were able to see chef Renard in action, and at the end of dinner he came to meet us and to make sure that we were fully satisfied with the food.



Bineinteles ca trebuia  sa inceapa ploaia de  dupa-amiaza  exact cand a trebuit sa o luam spre centrul vechi al orasului. Insa chiar daca picura, farmecul stradutelor serpuite nu a fost stirbit, din contra, parca nu mai era asa multa lume, iar noi am putut admira in voie fiecare detaliu pentru ca fiecare constructie din Cannes parca spune o poveste. Ca de exemplu acest perete al garii auto, punctul zero al orasului. Multiplele picturi ilustreaza cate o perioada  a cinematografiei universale, scene din filmele celebre. Cannes, considerata  capitala europeana a cinematografiei este  una dintre cele mai fascinante destinatii din sudul Frantei si astea nu  doar datorita evenimentelor pe care le gazduieste.

Of course the afternoon rain had to begin exactly when we were supposed to walk to the old city center. But even if it was dripping, this didn’t diminished the charm of the winding streets, on the contrary – there weren’t that many people, and we were able to admire every detail, because every building in Cannes seems to tell a story. For example, this wall of the bus station, the city’s ground zero. Each of the multiple paintings illustrates a period of the universal cinematography, and scenes in famous films. Cannes, considered the European capital of cinematography is one of the most fascinating destinations in Southern France and not only because of the events that take place here.


city center

IMG_8097aCea mai frumoasa priveliste la 360*  asupra orasului Cannes  o puteti admira din turnul muzeului Castre, Mont Chevalier, a carui cladire se alfa in vechiul Castel Cannes. Pe partea de est puteti admira marea parte a orasului in toata splendoarea sa : Promenade de la Croisette, portul vechi cu ambarcatiunile sale de lux, Palais des  Festivals et des Congres,   unde are loc anual celebrul Festival de Film  si  Le Suquet, centrul orasului vechi.

The most beautiful 360° view over the city of Cannes can be admired from the tower of the Castre Museum, Mont Chevalier, whose building is situated in the old Cannes Castle. On the east side you can admire a large part of the city in all its glory: Promenade de la Croisette, the old port with its luxury boats, Palais des Festivals, where the famous Cannes  Film Festival is annually held, and Le Suquet, the old town center.




Doar o zi as spune ca nu este suficient ca sa te bucuri linistit de aceasta mica perla a Coastei de Azur, insa pe de alta parte, daca stau sa ma gandesc, am reusit sa vedem suficiente locuri frumoase, sa savuram un foie gras la el acasa, sa povestim atatea si una peste alta sa actualizam constant canalele de social media. Stiti ca pe langa facebook si Instagram mai nou sunt foarte activa ( si foarte sincera) pe  Snapchat, da? Va astept cu drag , @postolatieva

PS: Cote d’Azur series continua cu alte doua orase superbe : Antibes si Nice. Don’t miss it!

I would say that just one day is not enough to quietly enjoy this little pearl of the Cote d’Azur, but on the other hand, if I think about it, we managed to see enough beautiful places, to enjoy an authentic foie gras, to tell so many stories and to constantly update our social media channels. You are aware that besides Facebook and Instagram, I am recently very active (and very sincere) on Snapchat, right? You are welcome @postolatieva.

PS: The Cote d’Azur series continues with two other great cities: Antibes and Nice. Don’t miss it!

Special thanks : Atout France / Tarom / Cannes Tourist Office 



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