Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Cannes, France

Fri May 21, 2010 7:32am EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

CANNES, France (Reuters Life!) - For more than 60 years this French Riviera city has hosted the Cannes film festival and the movie market that takes place with it.

The city, which has a history dating to the 2nd Century B.C., plays host to a variety of conventions throughout the year and is a major tourist stop on France's Cote d'Azur. It is a refreshing, if expensive, weekend getaway and a great spot to begin an auto tour of France's Provence region.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors to Cannes get the most out of a short stay.


6 p.m. - There are numerous hotels of all types, ranging from the high-end Carlton and Majestic to smaller hotels including a bed and breakfast near the east end of the famed Cannes Croisette, called the Alexandre III. The rooms are moderately priced and away from the madding crowds of downtown Cannes, so there is a chance to relax. (

8:30 p.m. - After unpacking, stroll up the Croisette, enjoy the breeze, the swaying palm trees and people watching. The lights of the hotels lining la plage (beach) brighten the night and music pumps from the discos. At the Martinez, head into the city a half block and enjoy a light dinner and a half bottle of wine at Lebanese restaurant, Noun.


11 a.m. - After sleeping in and enjoying a breakfast of coffee, juice and croissant, head into the city for some shopping on the Rue de Antibes. Here you will find anything from high-end fashion by the likes of Gucci to art galleries, home furnishings and everyday items.   Continued...

<p>People pose as they cross the Croisette in front of the Carlton hotel in Cannes on the eve of the 62nd Cannes film Festival May 12, 2009. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau</p>