Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Top 5 things to see in Villefranche

Villefranche-sur-Mer is one of the most charming and authentic french fishing villages on the French Riviera and is nestled between Monaco and Nice. The bay of Villefranche has been named one of the Top 5 most beautiful bays in the world and rightly so; this area is a visual delight for any visitor looking to explore the Cote d'Azur. 

Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, people watch at a cafe, go sightseeing or immerse yourself in authentic French lifestyle and cuisine - This delightful old fishing town is a must see. Below, see our top 5 recommendations to see in Villefranche during your trip.

1. Old Harbour

Lined with bright pastel coloured buildings and an array of traditional boats; the old harbour is the heart of Villefranche and oozes Mediterranean character and charm.This is popular place to take a stroll and stop for lunch or an aperitif with many bars and restaurants along the waterfront - Perfect for people watching!  There is also a beautiful small square (the Place Amelie Polonnais) just behind the harbour.

2. La Citadelle / Fort St Elme

Villefranche's imposing citadel is a great place to visit with its impressive architecture. This magnificent stone fortress was built by the duke of Savoy in 1557 to defend  to defend the city and harbour. Now, it's grand walls shelter the town hall, well-combed public gardens and several museum collections including the Fondation Musée Volti and the Musée Goetz-Boumeester.

3. Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs 

This stunning, petite, roman-style Chapel is dedicated to St Peter, Patron Saint of fishermen. The ceiling and walls are filled with modern and mystic art  representing the lifestyle of the village and fishermen who used it when the artist Jean Cocteau was young. A charming local icon and pleasant pit stop whilst walking around and exploring the Villefranche.  

4. Plage de l'Ange

The longest stretch of beach is the southwest facing Plage des Marinières which curves around the bay. At the far end you will find a small, sheltered bay called the Plage de l'Ange Gardien. This is a less crowded, more peaceful pebble beach compared to the main Marinere beach and is hemmed by rocks making it easy to keep an eye on children whilst they have a paddle! 

5. Fort du Mont Alban

Built by order of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, between 1557 and 1560, Fort du Mont Alban is one of the most exemplary French military architectural structures dating back to the 16th century. This fort is in fantastic condition, despite the fact it was considerably affected in World War Two.

Fort du Mont Alban has one of the best views on the French Riviera. As it is located in a high hilly region, visitors can see virtually the entire Nice at west and Baie des Anges at east.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Cannes Film Festival 2016

cannes film festival

The Festival de Cannes or ‘Cannes Film Festival’ is a highlight of the French Riviera calendar and major event attended by some of the World’s most famous and influential faces. This prestigious annual film festival is hosted each May at the Palais des Festivals on the sunny Croisette next to the Vieux Port.

The International Film Festival was first created by the Minister for Education and Fine Arts, Jean Zay, who wanted to establish an international culture event in France to rival the Venice Film Festival. The first ever festival was held on 20th September 1946 after the war ended. Now, after rapidly gaining an international reputation, this year marks the 69th Cannes Film Festival which starts on 11 May and runs until 22 May 2016.
With luxury villas in Cannes and hotels in walking distance to the Palais being booked up well in advance and fashion designers creating couture pieces for the celebrities on the red carpet; every luxury brand from bespoke diamonds to luxe sports cars and superyachts, want to be a part of this prestigious event. 
This is the place to be seen and remembered!

Cannes Film Festival 2016

The Cannes Festival is opening with Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society’ which stars big names Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Steve Carrell and Parker Posey – This is the third time the director has fired up the film festival.

The president of this year’s jury is Australian producer, screenwriter and director of ‘Mad Max’; George Miller. Other members of the 2016 film jury include Vanessa Paraid, Kirsten Dunst, Mads Mikkelsen and Donald Sutherland. They have the incredible task of choosing the award winners of the 21 films competiting, including the Winner of the acclaimed Palme d’Or. 

The Palme d’Or is the highest accolade at the Cannes Film Festival, awarded to the best film in the official selection.  Since 1998, the trophy has been crafted annually at the Chopard workshops in Meyrin near Geneva, it takes 7 craftsmen around 40 hours for the process including injecting fair mined certified gold into the mould and mounting it to the rock crystal pedestal.

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View the 2106 screening guide here: http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/article/61347.html