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I was not sure if I would like Cannes…


My impression was that as a renowned playground for the rich and famous, I would find it pretentious, be offended by the outrageous luxury, and feel completely out of place.


Cannes indeed has all of that, BUT you don’t have to have buckets of money to enjoy its beauty and ambiance, and as I discovered, Cannes is a much more inclusive and laid-back place than I expected.



The famous Cannes seaside sidewalk that spans just two kilometres perfect for a stroll anytime of the day!


Let’s start with La Croisette. 


The semi-circular promenade about 2 kilometres in length connects the city with the sea, with enchanting beach vistas highlighting the turquoise water and l’Esterel the Mediterranean mountain range to the west with its remarkable red rock formations.


Families, couples, elderly ladies, and men with dogs stroll its wide boardwalk at all times of the day, the same way their ancestors have done.



View from La Croisette at night facing southwest towards the Estérel mountain range/Cannes



Some of the world’s most famous hotels line the street such as the Carlton and Martinez and it is fun to think they stand as pillars to welcome some of the world’s A-List of celebrities and VIPs.



Carlton Hotel to the right was where Grace Kelly had an arranged meeting with Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955.  They married a year later.



Behind these grand ladies of architecture, are cobblestone streets chock-a-block with boutiques–  yes, many designer shops where the average pair of sneakers costs 500 euros or more, and gowns by Versace, and Valentino are most probably a downpayment on a house.



Design by Roberto Cavalli/Cannes



However, if one continues to explore you can stumble across a delightful shop or two where you can find some real deals for 20 or 30 euros.  No kidding.  (I may need another suitcase!)


Rue Antibes/Cannes


Cannes IS glamour. So, you might be reluctant to be caught out in a tracksuit unless it’s from Prada, but still, it is somewhat of an anything-goes sort of place too and encourages people to express their own style.



I am not sure what this lady has on under the fur vest. It was a warm day/Cannes


You see men wearing running shoes with $2000 suits.  (That is actually considered “cool” here.)  The ladies wear flowing dresses, but perhaps army boots, or a down vest.  I actually saw a beautiful young woman one morning strolling down the street with her boyfriend (tourists) wearing a stunning skin-tight bright orange long evening dress. Slit up the side, exposing her lack of underclothes. Her boyfriend was wearing day clothes. They looked like they were simply off to get their morning café creme.  



A Mise en Place at an outdoor restaurant in Cannes


As if anything less would be an affront to the senses, considerable care is taken whether it is to set an inviting table at a restaurant or create a quiet nook in a hotel garden.



Outside a lovely boutique hotel in Cannes



I admit there is kinetic energy around this location known for the world’s most famous film festival (which starts in mid-May).


It propels you to keep looking around the next corner, sauntering slowly using any excuse to stop for a moment to take in; the ultra artistic display of a store window; the pastries in the boulangerie that are works of art; the mound of fat, fresh green and white asparagus at the market; or the mammoth platter of bulging fresh seafood for a table of patrons at the next outdoor restaurant.



An Easter Feast for the eyes!/Cannes


You just keep walking … because in the next few steps you can count on there being something else to catch your attention and provide a moveable feast for your eyes, ears, and nose.


The red carpet is all ready for the 75th anniversary of the Cannes film festival (starts May 17th)


Are you going to the Cannes Film Festival?



Bra Fitting Session with Kate Kemp Griffin!


As you may remember, for the March GIVEAWAY exclusive for annual members, I gifted a Bra-Fitting Session direct from Paris with author and lingerie specialist Kate Kemp Griffin!


Carol Chambers of Collingwood Canada was the lucky recipient of this Giveaway.


Carol on Zoom with Kate!


Carol and Kate had a very successful session. Carol says she is throwing out all her old bras and heading to a lingerie boutique to get some that are not only beautiful but that actually fit.

Right after the session, Carol says, Kate’s book (below) arrived in the mail. Perfect!!1

Are you wearing the right bra?


Paris Undressed: The Book

You can find Kate’s book by CLICKING HERE. 

         You can contact Kate by going to her website. Click HERE! 



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  1. Shardie Stevenson on May 1, 2022 at 11:10 am

    Aaah Oui! You have captured the vibe of Cannes! It was such fun being Cannoiseries for a couple of weeks with you ; strolling the streets , agog at some of the fashions in the store windows and on the people on the streets, the incredible outdoor market…. food as art as I always say! And …. the mega yachts! Lives of the rich and famous ! 🇫🇷❤️

    • Diana Bishop on May 2, 2022 at 11:45 am

      We certainly had a great time. Thank you for joining me on this varied adventure!

  2. Gretchen Greene O'Brien on May 1, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Glad CANNES exceeded your expectations. Such a treat to visit here through your eyes! Thanks, Diana!

    • Diana Bishop on May 2, 2022 at 11:45 am

      It was glorious Gretchen! You would love it. I hope you are enjoying your new home and city. Great to hear from you as always. Diana

  3. Margaret Ann Gendreau on May 2, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    It really is like something from a novel! So glad you got to know this lovely place.

    • Diana Bishop on May 5, 2022 at 9:54 am

      It is so much fun to be back in France!!!

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