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Best of Cannes – Part 2 - Orlando / Florida Guide

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If you’re after a quieter abode, head to the hills and stay in the utterly charming Bastide Provencal. As Brigitte Bardot’s former home, it is an exquisite sprawling chateau enveloped by fragrant lavender. It is classic French style with perfect gardens, large infinity pool and separate hot tub as well as a place to play Pétanque.

Charter a Yacht

Sailing through the Mediterranean Sea is magical, the sunlight reflects off the azure waters and glitters, and there’s nothing quite like gliding into the Port de Cannes with yachts as far as the eye can see. Chartering a yacht lets you can reach the other hot spots in the French Riveria in utmost style. This also gives you the perfect opportunity to sail on to the Îles de Lérins, a group of four islands, two of which are uninhabited, located just off the bay of Cannes. Drop anchor at Île Saint-Honorat. This small island has been home to a community of monks since the fifth century. Visit Lérins Abbey and relish in the complete peace and calm, the monks have taken a vow of silence, and sample the exceptional wine they produce.

Where to Eat

The previously mentioned La Palme D’Or is a must do when you’re in Cannes. For an intimate evening, head to La Villa Archange. It is located in an 18th century building, just behind La Croissette at Rue de l’Ouest. It seats just 26 diners within its elegant dining room and is whimsically romantic. Le Park 45, situated within the Grand Hotel Cannes, overlooks the pretty gardens and has a wonderful menu that changes regularly, including an inspired vegetarian menu. Les Salon des Independants is an utterly charming restaurant in Le Suquet; expect eclectic decor, authentic French cuisine, a welcoming atmosphere and live music.

Shopping

There are designer stores aplenty, head to Rue d’Antibes for the best of the bunch, as well as chic boutiques, punctuated with pastry and ice cream stores. However for one of a kind pieces visit Promenade de la Croisette market on a Sunday.

Be sure to visit Marché Forville, within walking distance from La Croisette. It’s a wonderful market selling fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, cheese and red-label meat. There is also vendors selling everything from fried vegetables to paella, and a selection of blooming flowers. It is open every day from 7a. m. until 1p. m. , except Mondays.

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