If you really want to vacation like a celebrity, Cannes is the place to see and be seen.
Cannes, 1952. Photo by Slim Aarons
CANNES DO ATTITUDE The French Riviera is sometimes referred to as a playground for celebrities. In fact, the region has earned this reputation from the annual Festival de Cannes, the international film festival. The invitation-only festival previews new films of all genres from all around the world. This year the Festival de Cannes celebrated its 70th anniversary, with special events at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The Boulevard de la Croisette is the street on which the festival takes place; and this neighborhood offers a spot with just the right amount of star power. ’ Five-star luxury hotels, luxury shops, and top restaurants line the famed boulevard. One such destination is the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes. The hotel was the setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief and the hotel still pays tribute to this 1955 cinematic masterpiece. Guests can stay in suite 623 where the film was shot or in a suite named for the film’s leading lady, Grace Kelly. The hotel also honored the brightest stars who have called the hotel home for a night or two, by naming ten Prestige Suites after them. If you really want to vacation like a celebrity, Cannes is the place to see and be seen. MONTE CARLO MYSTIQUE The different flavors of each city on the Riviera are what make the area such a vibrant and exciting place to visit. Monte Carlo, though located in its own independent principality, is considered a part of the French Riviera and we dedicated our final day of the trip to exploring what this city had to offer. When I think of Monaco I immediately think of Grace Kelly, so my first stop had to be the castle where
she lived out every girl’s dream of being a real-life princess. Most know Kelly was an American actress who became the Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III in 1956. The Prince’s Palace of Monaco is still the residence of the royal family, so it is heavily guarded, but you can still see the Renaissance-style façade and catch a glimpse of the view she must have had from her tower. As we walked around and took in the view, there was one thing we couldn’t help but notice. Beyond the architecture and the sea front, there are luxury cars as far as the eye can see. Ferraris, Buggatis, Maseratis, Aston Martins, you can find them all.