15.08.2010 - 15.08.2010 24 °C
Today is not only a Sunday, but a holiday as well. The holiday is called Assumption Day. “It’s the day on which the Greek and Roman Catholic churches celebrate Mary’s ascent to heaven. In Orthodox churches, called the Dormition of Theotokos and commemorated on Aug 15 or 28. It’s a holiday in many Christian countries.”
Woke up to alarm at 8:00 am. Really restful sleep and felt refreshed even thought I didn’t fall asleep until 1:30 am or so. Finally forced myself to stop blogging and go to bed at 1:00 am. Margy had a good night’s rest as well. It is now day 5 in Nice and we are more than settled into a routine.
And best news is that it was a beautiful sunny day. No more rain.
Had breakfast in our room today. Tea the British way, muesli and yogurt and two slices of bread saved from yesterday morning. It was toast now as the bread dried out but the jam made it bearable.
Had a shower, blogged a bit and off to Cannes for the day. Walked to the Gare Routière to get the 200 bus to Cannes. Bus schedule is less frequent as it is a Sunday. Bus was leaving at 11:00 am and then another in half an hour. We were lucky and got on the 11:00 am bus as it was still loading at 11:10 am and didn’t end up leaving until about 11:15 am. Bus was pretty full and we stood for a while but was lucky to get seats as some passengers got off. Quite a few passengers stood for much of the trip.
The trip to Cannes took about 1 ½ hours and we went through quite a few cities on the way. Antibes was the main city we travelled through. Scenery was nice but mostly cities and so not lots of water or views. We did have the water on the left for a while and we could see the train line which is how we arrived in Nice.
When we arrived in Cannes we got off the bus a little too early but then we just walked to the beach and it was only about 5 minutes away. We had to go through two sets of glass doors in a building to get to the road where the beach was. Beach was very busy as it was a perfectly hot day today. Quite windy but the temperature felt like it was about 24 degrees and more when the wind was not blowing. We didn’t know if the wind was just the weather in Cannes, but found Nice to be the same when we got back around 8:00 pm.
Anyways we walked along the promenade in Cannes for a while. Here the sand is silky and we did not walk on the beach and should have. The water was the same azure blue as in Nice but it seemed even bluer. Must be the higher taxes paid in Cannes.
We soon came upon the “Petits Trains Touristiques de Cannes” which is a little open air train that you can go on for sightseeing tours. We got on it for 10€ each and our tour would take one hour. The tour would take us along La Croisette as well as Vieux Cannes (Le Suquet). This is the the city’s new and old neighbourhoods. We saw the famous hotels such as the Carlton, Palm Beach, Palais Stéphanie and Hotel Martinez. We stopped for five or ten minutes in old Cannes where we could take panoramic pictures of the city. Definitely something to do when in Cannes.
After getting back to the promenade de la Croisette, also known as La Croisette, we walked around to find our restaurant for our late lunch. It was now just after 3 pm.
We were going to have a late lunch/dinner at the Astoux & Brun but before we got there, I spotted a restaurant called Chez Freddy. Yes it was partly the name Freddy that caught my eye, but more so because their menu had paella on it, and that was a dish I definitely wanted to have on this holiday. It was a perfect time of day to do so as well. We had only eaten our nectarines since breakfast and we were famished. I happen to like the word “famished” and thought this would be a good place to use it as that was how we felt.
We each had bieres and then had our main courses. Margy ordered the Salade Fruit de Mer and it was a hot or warm salad with a generous amount of seafood for 16.00€. I had the fish and seafood Paella (Paella Mariniere) from Chez Freddy. Open 7 days a week and located at 65/67 Rue Felix Faure, Cannes, France. Very tasty and filling and costs 24.50€. A lot for one person and best if shared. I was really hungry and couldn't eat it all. The Paella was pretty perfect. There were a few mussels and prawns that could have been cooked a shorter time but the variety and amount of seafood was astounding. Check out the picture.
Our waiter’s name was Willy and my guess is that he is Vietnamese. He was fluent in French and English. As I felt we had special service I gave him a Loonie and then explained that it is worth a dollar and is our Canadian coin. He was very touched and happy and told me he plans to go to Toronto in 2011 to see his cousin. It would be his first trip.
The other waiter seemed very French and was a bit stern and formal with Willy but within a short time he warmed up and they were having a good time working together. That was really nice to see. This other waiter was an older gentleman who obviously had a lot of experience and was just guiding Willy. Both were very professional and excellent servers. The windy weather really wreaks havoc with table settings. Table clothes flew off and some restaurants had bowls face down and wine glasses laying down crossing at the stems.
After eating such a filling meal we went to walk it off and went to take more pictures of some of the murals that we had seen earlier while on the train. I love the murals as they are so wonderfully done. My favourite is the one above the bus station. Some of the characters on that mural are Jessica Rabbit, Batman, the Joker, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin, C3PO, R2D2, Laurel and Hardy and Mickey Mouse.
We also went down the narrowest street in Cannes, the rue saint Antoine and saw the oldest restaurant as well. Auberge Provençale da boullau and established in 1860.
Saw many famous stores, the usual, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Miu Miu (didn’t see one in Paris or Nice), Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, etc.
Went to a few souvenir shops as well. Nothing spectacular and then we headed to the Palais des Festivals located on promenade de la Croisette.
We went into the Tourism office of Cannes where Margy picked up a couple of maps and a directory of Nice. I went, what else, shopping of course, and bought something for a special son as well as myself. Love the movies, gotta get something from Cannes. Yachts were way too pricy and really hard to pack and then where would I ever store it.
As we were in Cannes, we would have to walk the red carpet, and so we did that, and took each others pictures. It was good fun to do so. We also checked out a lot of the handprints of the many stars who had been to Cannes, John Travolta, Charles Bronson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sharon Stone and Dennis Hopper to name a few. Just think we are walking the carpets where many of the great movie stars and celebrities walked.
We got the bus back to Nice at 6:30 pm and got off at the stop closest to our hotel around 8:00 pm. Came back to our room and sliced up a whole melon and we ate it all. It was perfectly ripe and juicy and surprisingly easy to open with a pen knife.
Decided to not see the fireworks as we had had a pretty full day. There are fireworks in Nice every night at 10:00 pm.
By the way, our return trip to Cannes for two people, 4€, priceless.