Monday, March 06, 2006

Cote d'Azur and Cannes Film Festival

We had no idea when we booked our vacation yesterday that we would be in the Cote d'Azur at the same time as the Festival de Cannes or the Cannes Film Festival. I checked online today and it runs May 17th through May 28th. The opening film this year is the Da Vinci Code*** directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks. I am loooking forward to seeing this film. The book was excellent and I hope the movie will be, too.

Any way, if anyone has any great tips for Nice and the Provence area please let us know.

***This is a great website for the movie, but takes about one minute to load (using a high speed connection) so be patient.


Blogger Sparky said...

Go and see the wetlands and wild horses of the Camargue on the way back! It's not far from the Provence and it's beautiful.

You might also want to check in WHEN EXACTLY gypsy carnival is - you might get lucky and have the time of your life there.

My dad was there in the 60s with his photo club and still saw (and photographed) women tied to trees, giving birth the gypsy way :).

For a possible route, check this

6:10 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

OH MY GAWD you have got to be the coolest person in the world. You're going to the Cannes Film Festival??? Seriously? Oh man, I have some serious envy going on for you right now. I'm going to go lie down before I write anything stupider than I already have.

6:25 PM  
Blogger James said...

Sparky: Thank for the tip!

Lisa: You've got it all wrong. I didn't even know the Festival was going on when we booked our vacation. We will go IF they allow the public to view anything or attend any events. Do you know if they do? Does anyone have any tips on how to get tickets to any event. We just got lucky that it is happening when we were already scheduled to be there.....I wish I could claim to be that cool. ;)

7:03 PM  
Anonymous M said...

I have to say something completely unrelated here: I came back from work today and James had eaten all my vanilla ice cream!!!!!!!!

- M.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

-James, amended: OH MY GAWD you have got to be the luckiest person in the world.
URL for the official site FAQ:
It seems not to be open to the public but I have info to the contrary. The problem is the holder of said info is on vacation. Just as soon as he hits home (about a week) we're on the phone to find out what he knows and I'll report back. A tip: Breakfast on La Croisette, bring your wallet (I've heard this is "ouch" but how many times in your life will you get to do it?), pen, paper block and a camera.

-Matt, hi. A word of advice: Never leave a good opportunity in front of an American. We didn't get to be the richest country in the world by passing them up. ;) If my G goes to work leaving his Thai Sweet Chili potato chips unguarded the chances they'll still be there by the time he arrives home are slim and none. I suggest buying a larger briefcase and storing your goodies out of temptation range. Of course you're running into a problem with the ice cream. Maybe purchase it on a buy-now/eat-now basis?

8:45 AM  
Blogger christina said...

How cool! Maybe we'll see you on TV. If you see Tom Hanks give him a big juicy kiss from me and tell him that I'll wait forever if I have to. :-)

Hey we all know that unattended ice cream or chips are fair game. Lock up your valuables if you knwo what's good for you. :-o

11:15 AM  
Blogger James said...

Lisa: Thanks. I look forward to hearing what you have to report. If
Matt and I could attend some event we would be forever grateful. ;)

Christina: If I see Tom Hanks I will tell him you said hello, but I doubt I will see any stars. I will be going out soon today to buy Matt some more Eis.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

mmm Eis cafe's...i miss those! In Bamburg there is a great one, that makes giant sundaes that look like spaghetti and meatballs or micky mouse....i love all the flavors, and I love the tiny balls, so you can have many different flavors..mmmmm, sigh...I miss Germany :o(

5:36 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

Cannes and your whole trip sound amazing!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Hey James - one good tip - don't stay near the water. The further back you are, the cheaper it is (2km or so). Be extremely careful of pickpockets. I was told they were rampant but of course we really watched out.

Be careful near the Nice train station, it's extremely dingy. We rented a car while we were there. Back in 2001 actually. If you get a chance to see Monaco do it! I'm not sure how you get there on public transport, sorry. But if you do, the casino area is great and then the beaches are so wonderful. We ate a crepe and watched the sunset and talked about our dreams for 2.5 hours one night... Fun!

For Cannes - the waterfront usually has a lot going on, but of course it will this time because of the festival. Make sure you dress nicely because they actually turn you away if you aren't dressed outside of beach clothes!

Cannes is so beautiful so make sure you try to take lots of pics. Also, there are quaint bars back in the streets away from the waterfront.

I'm sorry I can't be more specific without digging out my trip iten, which I have no idea where that went. Oh and be aware they really try to charge tourists, so be observant where you dine and you should be fine - haha a rhyme!

6:07 PM  

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