The likes of Brad Pitt, Ben Kingsley, Tom Cruise, Aishwarya Rai, Sophia Loren, Sylvester Stallone, Angelina Jolie, (late) Akira Kurosawa, Mel Gibson, Cameron Diaz, Meryl Streep and so on have walked the red carpet there. An International Film Festival takes place there every year. Mind you, the Festival is prestigious, large-scale and attracts a lot of global media attention. It happens in France.
Yeah, this time I’m talking about Cannes! Situated in the French Riviera, Cannes does set you thinking for a moment as to what’s so uncanny about it! Well, hang around for a while in La Croisette and you will find answers! The place seemed to be adorned with shops selling the most compelling brands in the world. The attractive bungalows around did deserve a second glance.
It was interesting to see (bronze) hand prints of most of the celebrities on a coveted pathway, Allee des Stars. It was somewhat like the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the US. We also saw Palais des Festivals where movies are screened for the film stars.
Cannes obviously was quite cannily built to attract the wealthy film stars and film makers. With huge yachts being docked right across the French Riviera, Cannes was nothing short of being an exquisite extravagant beauty spot for a fashion-conscious holidayer.
Preparations for the film festival were on with gusto around the time we visited Cannes. We walked along the main road and seaside promenade to get a feel of this little city. Glitzy cars whizzed past us. A few souvenir shops were seen, of course selling classy souvenirs. We chose to buy a cup. Cone-shaped tents (white in colour) around the riviera stood out charmingly.
We treated ourselves to some pakoras, naans, dal tadka and masala chai earlier as we reached Cannes. Yeah, we felt excited about having such food in Cannes! The chai especially was refreshing! A Sri Lankan couple was running the eatery. Both the husband and wife were pleased to share their experiences of living in a hot spot like Cannes. They exclaimed that if only we had visited a week later (during the Festival), we would have surely bumped into at least a couple of the film dons. Perhaps they were right! 🙂