Cannes, France

Before we took a trip out to Cannes, I had searched for things to do and see but couldn’t find anything aside from a couple of small museums, the beach, the casinos, boating, and popular shops. Nothing caught our attention, so we decided we would explore on the go. As we got off the train, I was surprised to see how close the station was to the main town. Just within a cross of the street, we were already surrounded by shops. Shortly after, we were surprised to find there wasn’t much to Cannes but the beach and shopping. There weren’t even monuments or great sightseeing. To top it off, the weather was grey and that didn’t help the aesthetics of the place.

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We walked along the promenade to the newer harbor and explored the old port and town, then had lunch and shopped. Cannes is the place for shopping and has many high-end designer shops along the promenade. It is a shopper’s haven, and during the busy tourist season around the Cannes Film Festival, it is a place for wealth and celebrities.

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I thought Nice was small, but Cannes is much smaller and has fewer things to see and explore. Although the place has a nice sandy beach, I’d say the beach in Nice is nicer. But, Cannes has better shopping for the shopaholic. To sum it up, Cannes is a small beach town tailored to the rich and famous, luxury living, dining and shopping. And we did enjoy our day in the French Riviera town shopping, eating a decent meal, and seeing pictures of American stars plastered all over town.

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At the bus station where photos of stars were put up next to ads. Penelope Cruz and a “shiny” = greasy Mcdonald’s burger.

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We spotted Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, a younger Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver.

We spotted Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, a younger Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver.

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