Our next stop was the Cannes Film Festival, in the south of France.
We arrived in Nice around 10am. In order to get to Cannes, we had two options that were provided at the airport. A bus that went directly to Cannes, and one that made stops along the way. We chose the latter; figured it would be nice to drive along the scenic route in order to actually see some of Nice, and of course, it was less expensive. The drive from Nice Airport to Cannes should only be about 45 minutes, but with ALL of the stops (we didn’t realize exactly how many stops there were!), it felt like it took over 2 hours. Luckily we had made arrangements with another of Cindy’s friends to stay in his apartment/hotel room? for our time in Cannes. Finally we arrived.
Sometimes being frugal isn’t the way to go: We met up with her friend and he pointed us in the direction of the hotel… He described it and told us the name; we basically just brushed it off and figured we would find it easily since it was just “down the street”. Little did we know that our adventure was just about to begin. We walked and walked, with our luggage, down Promenade de la Croisette, for what felt like forever. It was sweltering hot out, and finally after numerous short breaks, asking the locals for directions, and a broken suitcase later, we came to the hotel. But, the wrong hotel. Our hotel had 2 locations. And we were at the wrong one. Fabulous. Along we went… as frustrated and uncomfortable as we were, you would think we would have called over a cab. But no, we continued walking- I don’t know why. We eventually arrived at the correct hotel. Just thinking about our unbearable and unnecessary walk to the hotel makes me exhausted! But then again, we were on a tight budget.. so by walking, we saved money, and got a lot of exercise! Need to look at the positive side of things!
The main part of Cannes is set along a long strip, full of luxury hotels and mansions, along with expensive shops. Promenade de la Croisette is right on the beach, and actually stretches across the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is absolutely breathtaking at night. I’m pretty sure the first night was rather low key, hence our long adventure to the hotel.
Major celebrities stay at the Martinez, where we joined the paparazzi the following day!