Pink Ribbon Monaco Charity Walk – Sunday 12 March

This weekend, the Principality of Monaco will be out in force to support the 6th Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk that is being held from 10am on Sunday 12 March.

Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk : Sunday 12 March 2017

About Pink Ribbon Monaco

Pink Ribbon Monaco is a 100% non-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness on methods of early breast cancer detection and prevention through various campaigns and events.  Pink Ribbon Monaco works closely with medical professionals to provide assistance and support when and where it is needed.

With the backing and guidance of the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace, they target the areas in need of assistance and their breast cancer awareness campaigns aims to educate the general public on prevention and early detection, support patients and celebrate life to the fullest while promoting well-being and a healthy lifestyle!

The Pink Ribbon Monaco walk

The walk circuit is 5 kilometres with the start on the esplanade of Port Hercule in central Monaco – look for the tent beside the podium truck.   The start line is easy to find and only 10 minutes from the Monaco-Monte Carlo train station and car parking is an easy distance at Place des Armes or the port.

Registrations will be accepted right up to the event start so you can either register online at, or at the Running Expo at the Stade Louis II on Friday or Saturday from 1pm-7pm (the actual walk is Sunday though).  You can find the Pink Ribbon team at Stade Louis II at the rear entrance.

The entry fee of €30 includes a pink t-shirt as well as a bib to write a message of support to someone who has inspired you for this walk.

Each year the event is attended by walkers showing support for their grandmother, mother, sister, wife, friend – it is a worthy cause that touches many lives so skip your Sunday brunch and come along!

Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk 2017 circuit

Lots of families take part; all children are welcome and kids under 13 years are free; the walk is easy and fun.  Everyone is encouraged to dress in pink – feather boas, crazy hats, pink sunglasses, the crazier the better I say!

What your €30 entry fee goes towards

This year, Pink Ribbon Monaco is raising funds to help a medical trial held between the Centre Lacasagne in Nice and the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace in Monaco. They will be studying two particularly tough strains of breast cancer, HER2+ and TNBC.

Throughout the year, your 30€ contribution helps Pink Ribbon Monaco:

  • Work and assist the Centre de Dépistage du CHPG (Hopital Princesse Grace Screening Centre) led by Dr Daniel Rouison, part of the Ministry of Health and Social affairs

  • Organise informative Q&A conferences in Monaco

  • Organise further awareness campaigns and events

  • Illuminate various Monegasque landmarks in October, during international breast cancer awareness month.


 During the Walk, your 30€ also helps:

  • Contribute to the Federation Monegasque d’Athlètisme and Monaco Run, our hosts for the event. The FMA donates a great deal of material to us, but we still contribute to insurance and other costs attached to the Walk.

  • Our fabric bags, as this year we replaced the plastic bags for reusable, ecological fabric

  • Printing posters and displaying them across Monaco and neighbouring towns.

If you can’t attend the charity walk, you can simply give a donation of any amount.

When:  Sunday 12 March 2017 at 10.00am, Port Hercule in Monaco

For online registration or to make a donation, please go to


Christmas Charity Toy Collections on the French Riviera

Every year there are local charity toy drives to collect toys and gifts to distribute at Christmas to less fortunate children.

Vinci Autoroutes run collections at the Antibes péage and La Ciotat which has just finished on 01 December.

The Red Cross and Secours Populaire also collect donations that they hand out to families in the region.  Secours Populaire have Green Santas each year that hand out toys, books and Christmas food parcels to families in difficulty.  You can contribute by donating festive food or gifts for children – last year, over 150,000 children received a gift on behalf of the Secours Populaire.

Local company Côte d’Azur Villas are  also collecting toys and games to be distributed this year.

Drop off details:  Until 16 December 2016 you can donate good quality or new toys, games and books

Drop off Monday to Friday between 9am – 5.30pm

Where:  At the offices of Côte d’Azur Villa Rentals, Villa 1, Villantipolis, 473 Route des Dollines  06560 Valbonne, Sophia Antipolis


About Côte d’Azur Villas:  

Côte d’Azur Villas is the leading property rental agency on the French Riviera and in Provence with a portfolio of over 250 villas available for holiday and long term rentals. Based in Sophia Antipolis, the company was founded in 2003 by Greg and Marion Harris. This entrepreneurial couple have taken the business to new heights including a portfolio of international villa rentals and team members based throughout the region.


amfAR Gala 2016 Cannes

One of the world’s most successful charity events and the most coveted party in town during Cannes Film Festival is the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala night which will be held Thursday 19 May on the Cap d’Antibes.

The 23rd annual Cinema Against AIDS event to benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, returns to the legendary Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc where the event will help keep the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight and add to the impressive $170 million raised for amfAR’s life-saving research programs.

Produced by AAB Productions/Andy Boose, the amfAR night features a number of live music performances, a fashion show and every celebrity in town on the guest list.

Watch last year’s amfAR video below:

amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2016 Cannes

This year is a ’70s disco theme with performances from Sister Sledge, The Village People and Katy Perry.

Carine Roitfeld will again curate a unique fashion show starring forty of the world’s top models in a spectacular disco-themed showcase, accessorized with beautiful jewellery by Harry Winston. The runway presentation will showcase glamorous looks from the most celebrated fashion designers including Burberry, Chanel, Dior Couture, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, Georgio Armani, Miu Miu, Prada and Versace.

As well, many of the auction lots have disco-themed items including Polaroids of 1970’s stars by Andy Warhold and mirror balls.

amfAR Event Chairs & Guest List

‘Neerja’ actress’ 30-year old Sonam Kapoor is set to attend the amfAR gala for the first time. “It’s an honor to be a part of the esteemed amfAR Gala. I cannot stress enough the importance of AIDS research in our time. This foundation is doing such incredible work dedicated towards raising funds for life-saving research programs that help the fight against AIDS’.


Len Blavatnik

Adrien Brody

Kenneth Cole (amfAR Chairman of the Board)

Milutin Gatsby (amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman)

Nayla Hayek

Milla Jovovich

Heidi Klum

Michel Litvak

Vincent Roberti

Carine Roitfeld

Sharon Stone

Harvey Weinstein


Carlos Ghosn

Lisa Giuliani

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Karlie Kloss

Thomas Leclercq

Adriana Lima

Christophe Navarre

Dr. Cyrus S. Poonawalla

Dmitry Rybolovlev

Irina Shayk

Timur and Lola Tillyaeva

Frank Zweegers


Hermann Bühlbecker

Richard Caring

Dennis Davidson

Jonathan and Kira Faiman

Hansi Farsi

Shintaro Kambara

Peter and Leona König

Rachel Ning

Ilya and Alina Polner

Alicja Ruchala

Remo Ruffini

Elie Saab

Caroline Scheufele

Sid Shamnath

Andrew G. Vajna

Gary Michael Walters

amfAR Auction

Every year, spectacular items are auctioned with celebrities, film producers, supermodels and high society guests bidding on the lots. The 2016 auction will be conducted by Simon de Pury. Some of the auction items this year will include:

  • The Moët & Chandon MCIII Wine Cellar, handmade and the only one of its kind in the world, features 23 magnum bottles of MCIII, to signify the 23rd edition of the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala. One bottle is featured in the centre and a special lighting effect behind the glass illuminates the other 22 magnum bottles, where the bottles’ delicately engraved metal bases appear to levitate around the central bottle.
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Moët & Chandon MCIII Wine Cellar, the only one of its kind in the world is up for auction at amfAR 2016 Cannes

  • Damien Hirst’s 6.5m high ‘Temple’ artwork
  • Andy Warhol Polaroids from the 1970s and 1980s (The Polaroids on offer are of five 1970s icons and muses for The Disco Collection: Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, and Diane von Furstenberg)
  • A Harry Winston Secret Cluster Perfume Bottle with Aquamarines, Diamonds, Sapphires, and a Hand-carved Rock Crystal vial
  • A one-off customized Ferrari 458 Camouflage by Lapo Elkann
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A one-off camouflage-customised Ferrari 458 by Lapo Elkann is up for auction at the amfAR fundraiser

  • A Soneva Resorts Luxury Escape for 8 people where you and your guests spend 2 weeks in each of 2 remarkable private residences at Soneva Kiri Resort in Thailand (including dining in a bamboo Treepod suspended above the tree canopy with food delivered by a waiter on a zipline!) and then 2 weeks at Soneva Fushi Maldives.
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Up for auction – an amazing Soneva Resorts Luxury Escape for 8 guests including stays at Soneva Kiri in Thailand and Soneva Fushi in the Maldives

  • Two tickets to the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which will take place in Europe in late autumn. The tickets entitle the winning bidder to a prime seat location at the fashion show and entrance into the exclusive after-party.
  • A week onboard the 70m Lürssen yacht Martha Ann
  • Zaha Hadid limited edition ZOLU Dining Pavillion
Zaha Hadid's Dining Pavillion

Zaha Hadid’s Dining Pavillion

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Cannes Film Festival 2016: Insider Tips No One Tells You

The annual Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) is hosted each year in May at the Palais des Festivals beside Vieux Port and is one of the French Riviera’s primary events and a major Festival on the global film circuit.

The 69th Festival starts on 11 May and runs until 22 May 2016.

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Cannes Film Festival 2016 – official festival poster

The Cannes Film Festival is iconic and Cannes itself is a fitting backdrop to the proceedings – luxury hotels are booked well in advance and fashion boutiques line the Croisette, while the same designer garments are draped over the celebrities on the red carpet.  Every big name luxury brand wants a piece of the action from diamond-dripping  jewellery to luxe supercars, expensive liquor to makeup brands.

I have curated this post ‘Cannes Film Festival 2016: Insider Tips No One Tells You’ with local tips and advice to help Festival attendees get the most out of your visit whether you are in Cannes for the first time or a regular attendee.

Note: This guide is the only online guide for Cannes Film Festival that specifically includes supplementary ‘Access Notes’ after most sections giving information for persons with reduced mobility to enable them to enjoy the Festival. I hope you find this informative and share it on social media.


Woody Allen’s Café Society starring Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Steve Carrell and Parker Posey will open the Festival and it signals the third time the director has kicked off the Festival, following 2002’s Hollywood Ending and 2011’s Midnight in Paris.

Woody Allen's 'Café Society' will open Cannes Film Festival 2016

Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society’ will open Cannes Film Festival 2016

The Festival Jury & La Palme d’Or

This year’s Festival Jury is presided over by Australian screenwriter, producer and director George Miller (of Mad Max credit) who will be joined by other jury members that include Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Paradis, Donald Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst, László Nemes and Valeria Golino and their aim is to decide the award winners between 21 films in competition including the winner of the coveted 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.

Get in early

For first timers to Cannes, the first weekend is traditionally the busiest and the first week is most preferred by buyers of film distribution rights at Marché du Film as attendance drops off in the last few days of the Festival. So, in essence go early to bag the best chance for industry success.

There are various accreditation types to gain access to screenings, pavilions and events ranging from Buyer passes to Producers Network accreditation and of course, highly sought after Press accreditation.


For spectators (i.e. visitors / tourists hoping to see celebrities), the red carpet sashaying happens twice nightly at 7pm and 10pm when the Jury watch the films in competition at the Palais and the main stars show up.


For a copy of the screenings guide for Cannes Film Festival 2016, you can download it here:

Other screenings include Un Certain Regard, Cinéfondation, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (also known as the Director’s Fortnight and a budget-friendly way for the public to see a film), and Short Films In Competition.  A sidebar festival is Entr’2 Marches which runs alongside the main Festival from 15 to 20 May 2016 and screens short films with the themes of disability.

Cannes Film Festival Parties

As well as a hub for business networking, Cannes hosts some epic parties including those thrown by Wild Bunch, Variety and Film 4.

THE event to be at each year is the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala night; 2016 sees the 23rd gala fundraiser hosted at the legendary Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the Cap d’Antibes on Thursday 19 May.   Every supermodel, actor and producer in town attends – here’s a video of last year’s amfAR event:

Dress Code

I’m often asked what the dress code is for tourists to Cannes during Film Festival – if you’re going in the day, smart casual is normal but in the evenings party attire is perfectly fine.  For those lucky enough to get to the gala screenings, the dress code is black tie/evening wear.   The weather in May can swing from baking hot to rain storms so be ready for all seasons!

Cinema de la Plage 2016

Each year, free screenings are held on the beach for the public and you can see Cannes Classics and out-of-competition films.

To find the Cinema de la Plage open-air cinema, go to Plage Macé which is the public beach beside the Palais des Festivals and opposite the Majestic Barriere Hotel.  You can’t miss the huge film screen and sound system on the beach!

Look for the scaffolding and sound system on the beach, you can't miss it! (Cinema de la Plage, Cannes)

Look for the scaffolding and sound system on the beach, you can’t miss it! (Cinema de la Plage, Cannes)

The Cannes Office du Tourisme will tell you to reserve in advance, but it’s not necessary, entrance is free and you don’t have to show a physical ticket.

Screenings are listed as starting at 9pm but usually commence from 9.30pm nightly.  If you want one of the deckchairs, show up early (many people arrive before 7pm).

The front row chairs are often reserved for film industry execs and sometimes the Hollywood stars show up (in 2014, I spotted Adrian Grenier from Entourage, Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta and Uma Thurman who showed up for Pulp Fiction).  Keep your eyes open for surprise guests!

Cinema de la Plage, Cannes

Cinema de la Plage, Cannes

If you miss out on a deckchair, there is plenty of room on the right-hand side of the screen on the sand so take a picnic blanket.

It may be warm and sunny during the day, but Plage Macé can get chilly at night especially if there is a mistral blowing. Take warm clothes and rain protection as the entire zone is uncovered.

There are no food facilities, but you are able to take a picnic.  We have taken a bottle of wine and plastic glasses before also with no problems; please respect the environment and take all your rubbish away with you.

The nearest public toilets are located on the Croisette just past the children’s play ground, they are usually open late during the Cinéma de la Plage screenings.

Access notes: Persons with reduced mobility can access the beach via a concrete ramp at the Cinema de la Plage site, there is no specific area set aside for disabled people but there is plenty of room for you.

The Cinema de la Plage schedule for 2016 is:

Thursday 12 May   Purple Rain – Albert Magnoli, 1984, duration 1 hour 50 minutes

Friday 13 May  King of Hearts (Le Roi de Coeur) – Philippe de Broca, 1966, duration 1 hour 42 minutes

Saturday 14 May  Coup de Tête – Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1979, duration 1 hour 32 minutes

Sunday 15 May Surprise film

Monday 16 May The Endless Summer – Bruce Brown, 1966, duration 1 hour 35 minutes

Tuesday 17 May The Great Dictator (with Charlie Chaplin) – 1940, duration 2 hours 5 minutes

Wednesday 18 May  Sorcerer – William Friedkin, 1977, duration 2 hours

Thursday 19 May The Easy Life (Il Sorpasso) – Dino Risi, 1962, duration 1 hour 45 minutes

Friday 20 May Kiss Me Deadly – Robert Aldrich, 1955, duration 1 hour 46 minutes

Saturday 21 May  We All Loved Each Other So Much (C’eravamo Tanto Amati) – Ettore Scola, 1974, duration 2 hours


Cannes Film Festival may appear a crazy mix for first-timers; international media focuses on the red carpet, the awards, the charity galas, the fashion and the celeb sightings but you won’t find much reporting of road closures, numerous security personnel, wait staff with attitude to boot and photographers and camera crews clawing for their space on every spare inch of pavement on the Croisette.

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However, it’s a fantastic place for people-watching and you really do see all walks of life during the Festival. Festival spectators bring their own seats and ladders to the Croisette in the hope of seeing a movie star on the red carpet – frequently, their view is of the back of someone else’s head, but we can all dream of a slice of cinema magic.

Cannes Film Festival is a magic event where cinema welcomes the big names and emerging talent to this glossy town that once was a fishing village – if you get the chance to visit the French Riviera during Film Festival I highly recommend it.


  • If you’re attending the Festival, click onto this pdf link for the map of the Festival sites
  • For the layout of the actual Palais, click here
  • Access notes: For persons requiring disabled access, download this accessmap for entry points to the Palais
  • For a tourist map of Cannes, click on this link Cannesmap
  • Download the free bilingual (English and French) mobile application ‘Festival de Cannes’  available for iPhone, iPad and Android to stay updated with hour-by-hour coverage, film trailers, videos from the red carpet and more.
  • On Twitter, you can follow @Festival_Cannes with hashtag #Cannes2016.  You’ll also find official Festival updates on Facebook, Instagram and Festival TV.



The most popular option to arrive in Cannes is via bus or train. Central Cannes and the zones around the Palais and Croisette are flat and paved, and the distance from the train station to the Croisette is only 5 minutes walk.

If you’re driving, be aware that the large carparks nearby and under the Palais des Festivals are extremely busy.  There are road closures during Cannes Film Festival, notably the Croisette, and police frequently block roads for major stars exits from hotels and restaurants.

It’s a given that Festival combines business with pleasure and you’ll experience some memorable (and forgettable) parties, however be aware that if you decide to stay out late you may end up for paying pricey cab fares. Public transport schedules at night are limited and taxis are expensive; try to pre-book a transfer before you hit the nightlife.

Cannes train station

The Cannes train station (Gare de Cannes SNCF) has ticket counters with attendants, but you can also purchase your train tickets from the self-service ticket machines.


TOP TIPS: Use coins for the self-service ticket machines as they can be temperamental and often they can’t read non-French issued credit and debit cards.  The self-service machines have English language options so you don’t need to be fluent in French.

ZOU ! Hebdo is a train ticket valid for 7 consecutive days and gives you up to 75% fare discounts and they are available to tourists or residents.  You have to specify your origin point and destination point – for example, Juan les Pins or Antibes to Cannes.  These passes give you super savings if you’re in the region for Cannes Film Festival.  TER SNCF, the regional train providers offer many different fare discounts including discounts if you’re under 26 years of age so ask at the ticket counters as they don’t willingly sell them unless you ask!

ALL tickets must be validated before boarding your train, look for the yellow validating machine (compostage de billets) at the entrance to the platforms.


The train station has a newsagent selling newspapers, phone credit, cigarettes, snacks. There are caféterias and vending machines onsite, and high tables with connections for smartphones and tablets.

Well-maintained and clean public toilets are located just outside the station, 50 metres to the left of the station entrance. These toilets are open Monday-Sunday 8am-9pm (excluding bank holidays), these toilets cost 50 centimes and you insert your coin into the automated turnstile and it opens the gate. There are 2 ladies toilets, 2 men’s toilets and a parent’s room with baby changing facilities. There is a change machine there to swap notes for coins but it is often out of order so don’t rely on it.

Access notes: Persons with reduced mobility can contact ONET Accueil in the main hall of Cannes train station (service available Monday through to Sunday 7.30am-7.30pm) where they can assist passengers with luggage and access on and off trains. All interior facilities of the train station including the public toilets are on flat ground and accessible.


Getting to Cannes you can take the following bus routes:

  • Bus 200 (between Nice and Cannes)
  • 210 line (between Nice Airport and Cannes via the highway)
  • 200 line Noctambus (a night service exclusively for Thursday, Friday, Saturday nights and bank holidays between Nice Airport and Cannes)

All of the above timetables and prices current as at 07 May 2016 are found here:

The journey on Bus 200 takes around 1.5 hours for the full oneway journey from Nice to Cannes, but it is by far the cheapest option at €1.50 oneway.  To compare, the train journey from Nice to Cannes takes about 40 minutes.  It should be noted that Bus 200 is a local bus that is particularly busy during peak hours and luggage storage is limited onboard.

The Cannes bus stops are the Gare Routiere (near Hôtel de Ville and the port), and outside the train station (the 200 stop is opposite Hotel Ligure).

Local Cannes buses with Palm Bus cover the greater Cannes area and nearby zones of Le Cannet, Palm Beach and Mandelieu-La Napoule.   Their website is in English, French and Italian with maps and timetables – visit it here

Access notes: Buses have kneeling ramp entrances and designated wheelchair areas midway on the bus. On main route number 200 there are on board visual route maps, lighted signage and sound calls advising of the next bus stop to assist hearing and sight-impaired travellers. Wheelchair bound travellers also have an on demand service for regional buses called Access06 whereby you can pre-book a designated minibus ; more information is here (in French only)

Specialised transfers

For helicopter transfers, private chauffeured transfers or classic car rental, I recommend using registered businesses that know the region well.  Find out more in my Cannes Film Festival 2016: Supplier List


Don’t be discouraged from a few sundowners or a meal out in Cannes for fear of breaking your bank balance during Film Festival. Here are Access Riviera’s suggestions for places to go for well-priced food and drinks, great atmosphere or a true Cannois experience:

La Boulangerie par Jean Luc Pelé, 3 rue du Vingt-Quatre Août

If you need a snack on the run, head here for artisan breads, salads (most priced around €6-€7), sandwiches, fruit salad and yoghurt, open Monday-Saturday 7.30am-7.30pm.

Or grab some chocolates and macarons at Jean-Luc Pélé’s patisserie-chocolatier shops on rue de Meynadier and rue d’Antibes.

Access notes: Fully accessible on flat ground. No toilet facilities.

Le Petit Majestic, rue Tony Allard

Le Petit Majestic is a lounge bar that actually is a Festival street party.  Festival attendees rock up here pre and post-event to mingle and network, and the French authorities don’t bat an eyelid at people drinking beer in the street.

Le Petit Majestic - a Festival favourite for pre and post-event drinks

Le Petit Majestic – a Festival favourite for pre and post-event drinks

L’Epicurieux, 6 rue des Frères Casanova

A wine bar first and foremost, they serve excellent antipasti platters as well as pasta, salads and steak. The café gourmand is great and they regularly have live music.

L'Epicurieux café gourmand

L’Epicurieux café gourmand

Le Jardin Secret, 2 rue Frères

Le Jardin Secret is located in Le Suquet (Old Town) and is a low-key place with entry through a narrow bar area/art gallery. Open from 7pm (also open for weekend brunches) if you’re looking for white table linen and silver service dining don’t go there – they serve tapas-style dishes in a laidback manner.

Lovely little garden courtyard and Wifi. Look for the entrance on rue Frères through the old door and the sign with the key. Follow them on their Facebook page for current news on opening times as they close for private events.

Access notes: Accessible but can get crowded in the garden.

Le Jardin Secret, Cannes

Le Jardin Secret, Cannes

Le Tube, 10 rue Florian

Super stylish, modern with a slightly industrial feel with brickwork, exposed pipes and graffiti artworks Le Tube offers French food with a modern twist.  The steak is good, but be warned its pricey.  An excellent choice for pre or post-Festival meet ups.

Access notes: Fully accessible.

Le Tube, Cannes (

Le Tube, Cannes (

Le Tikawa, Allées de la Liberté

It may not be the hub for industry wheeling-and-dealing, however this local snack kiosk sells tasty decent-sized salads, paninis and cold beers – all for a fraction of the price at neighbouring restaurants.

My favourite salad costs a wallet-pleasing €7 and its an under-the-radar option where you can get a table beside the plane trees, have a quick bite to eat and watch the locals playing pétanque.

Access notes: Fully accessible on flat ground. Nearest accessible toilet facilities are automated pay toilets in the square.

Ma Nolan’s, 6 rue Buttura

One of Cannes better pubs and found on a corner site close to the Palais des Festivals, Ma’s gets a lot of Festival foot traffic.  Head there for tap beers, pub food, live music, and sports coverage such as football on TV.

Access notes: Fully accessible outside tables on flat ground, however there are stairs up to interior of the bar and toilet facilities.

Ma Nolans - one of Cannes best pubs

Ma Nolans – one of Cannes best pubs

Marché Forville

I can’t mention food in Cannes without a tip to go to Marché Forville.

As well as fruit, vegetables, cheese, cured and fresh meat, seafood etc there are specialty shops around the perimeter of the main covered market including a shop selling regional products and duck, a Fish and Chips shop, a salmon and caviar store, a bakery (boulangerie), a roast chicken store, and a socca vendor.

Marché Forville, Cannes

Marché Forville, Cannes

Many bistros and bars are around the Marché Forville, and there are also a few supermarkets there – LeaderMarket, SPAR, and Picard for frozen foods (good for people staying in apartments who are self-catering).

The market is open every day from 7am-1pm, except on Monday when it is a bric-a-brac flea market.

Access notes: The entire market is accessible and on flat paved ground. There is an accessible ground-floor toilet at Café de l’Horloge next to the market.

Philcat, promenade de la Pantiero

Head to promenade de la Pantiero beside the port to the unassuming blue and white snack kiosk where Philcat serves one of the best pan-bagnats in Cannes. For those not already in the know, a pan-bagnat is a regional specialty (of Nice) and comprises of a pain de campagne (French sourdough) or white bread bun filled with salad Niçoise.

Access notes: Fully accessible on flat ground. Nearest accessible toilet facilities are automated pay toilets in the square across the road.

Philcat on the promenade de la Pantiero (

Philcat on the promenade de la Pantiero (

rue Hoche

Rue Hoche is a great place to grab a meal, coffee or drink.  I can recommend:

  • Le Cirque with lots of seating outside or indoors upstairs if you need a quieter space, most mains cost under €15 and they have good coffee.  Access notes: Fully accessible outside terrace on flat ground, however toilet facilities are located upstairs.
  • Volupte Anytime is a tearoom but has some of the best coffee in Cannes!  Great cakes, sandwiches and salads for reasonable prices.


Here are some places in Cannes to find Wifi:

  • Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) gardens across from the port. For details on how to log on, click ẀifiCannes
  • Mocca (directly opposite the Palais des Festivals)
  • La Potinière du Palais (on square Merimee)
  • New York New York (Allée de la Liberté Charles de Gaulle)
  • Cristal Café (rue Felix Faure)
  • Le Melting Pot (rue de la Rampe; the opposite side of the port from the Palais des Festivals)
  • Factory Café (Gray d’Albion shopping arcade)
Wifi in Cannes

Wifi in Cannes


Cannes is a money pot for rental companies and generally any accommodation centrally located in Cannes will increase room rates dramatically for Film Festival.

I’d advise Festival attendees to book through reputable sources or if you use 3rd-party sites check out some reviews.

This can be difficult to avoid, however sadly when Festival arrives it brings fraudulent companies to the scene so check, check and double check the authenticity of your accommodation source. French-registered rental businesses should have a physical address, contact details and a SIRET or SIREN number (business registration).

Overseas accommodation representatives should email you full booking details including local contact numbers, so take the time to check before parting with your cash.

Some fraudulent company names to avoid that have duped Festival goers in previous years include: Business Travel International or Expo Travel Group, Cannes Events, Euro-Events, Global Living Group, Premier Destinations, Riviera Network, The Ultimate Living Group, Universal Shows or Splendor.

Staying outside central Cannes can be a more financially feasible option for many Festival goers. Possibilities include Mandelieu la Napoule, Cannes La Bocca, Le Cannet, Golfe Juan, Juan les Pins or Antibes.

Here are some suggestions for last minute Festival accommodation for attendees who may have a smaller budget, are travelling solo or are happy to commute:


Antibes is just 15 minutes by train to Cannes – stay in a cute one bedroom apartment on the first floor of an old fisherman’s cottage in Old Town Antibes, Wifi, close to all town amenities including restaurants, beaches and the covered market.  Bookings and enquiries via

Juan les Pins

Juan les Pins is 12 minutes by train to Cannes – Hotel Astor is 5 minutes from the Juan les Pins train station and bus stop to Cannes, and located in a quiet residential street. It is run by a friendly bilingual French couple who have a number of clean and comfortable spacious rooms and studios. Free Wifi, flat screen TV’s, free parking and some accommodations with balcony or patio terrace.  Bookings and enquiries via


Le Cannet

Just off boulevard Carnot, close to Cannes there is a studio with own entrance with some availability for the end of Festival, sleeps 2.  Wifi, and 1 minute from bus route which takes 5 minutes to get into Cannes (or walkable in 25 minutes). Bookings via

Mandelieu la Napoule

Villa Béthanie has two bedrooms with king-sized beds, Wifi, parking, it’s on the bus route to Cannes and Nice Airport and large outdoor entertaining space with BBQ.  Book via

Mouans Sartoux

Villa sleeping 6 located in Mouans Sartoux with short distance to local restaurants, golf  course and shopping. Book via


Le Club Mougins Diamond Resorts have single and duplex accommodation in a resort-style hotel close to golf courses, restaurants and just 8.6 kilometres from Cannes.  There are some renovations being undertaken so enquire at time of booking if this affects your room.

Roquefort les Pins

Perfect for a post Festival stay to wind down, there are rooms (bookable per night) and apartments (minimum 3 night stay) available in a 17th-century restored manor located between Cannes, Grasse and Nice.  Bookings and enquiries via Mas Shabanou


If you’ve left your Cannes accommodation until the last minute, you can also ask at the Office du Tourisme at the Palais des Festivals as they often have updated information on hotel availability and get last minute rates to fill rooms at partner hotels.


If you are not an actor, crew, director, or have a Press Pass or Festival badge, you can still visit Cannes and enjoy the atmosphere at the Film Festival for free (or a low budget). Here are a few inside tips:

Allée des Étoiles du Cinema

Outside the Office de Tourisme at the base of the Palais des Festivals, you can see handprints from movie stars but it is nowhere near as extensive (or publicised) as the Hollywood Walk of Fame and there’s no plaques with information.

If you’re spending a few days on the French Riviera and really into immortalised handprints, Juan les Pins also has a Walk-of-Fame of jazz stars from the annual Jazz à Juan Festival, and Monaco has a Champions Promenade which pays tribute to some of the world’s best footballers.

Access notes: Fully accessible on paved flat surface.

Allées des Étoiles, Cannes (

Allées des Étoiles, Cannes (

Cannes cinema murals

For over a decade, Cannes has been developing a series of film-themed murals scattered around the city on walls of buildings.

There are 15 in total, including murals of Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, and cars from films.

For the map of where to find each mural and descriptions, download this pdf the Murs peints de Cannes

Access notes: Fully accessible on flat paved surfaces.


La Croisette

The Croisette buzzes during Film Festival and is one of the best seafront promenades on the French Riviera, with a huge cross-section of people found there during Film Festival  – keen tourists, wannabe celebrities with their own ‘rent-a-photographer’ following them, men in tuxedos at 9 a.m, champagne guzzlers at beach restaurants, and every dressed-up fashion addict in town strutting along hoping to be snapped by any one of the many photographers.

Seats and ladders for red carpet viewing on the Croisette

Spectator seats for red carpet viewing on the Croisette

It’s all great fun and superbly entertaining.

Walk along the Croisette and you’ll see the promotional billboards draping down the façades of the hotels from the film production companies.

The top hotels for star spotting are the Carlton Intercontinental, Hotel Martinez and the Majestic Barrière. Security is intense for all the hotels, but you can join the spectators and paparazzi crowding the road frontages for free; enter inside you better have a hefty credit card limit. The beach restaurants are set up with marquees for the private events.

To break up the frenzy for families, there is a small fairground area with carousel (fee applies) and a public playground near to the Palais, and also another small public playground at the other end of the Croisette.

Access notes: The Croisette is paved and flat all the way from the Palais des Festivals to Port Canto, and there are accessible public toilets along the Croisette.

Le Suquet

Le Suquet is Cannes Old Town, interspersed with old houses spilling over with flower boxes, brick-vaulted entrances, small alleyways and numerous restaurants.

While the Croisette, Palais des Festivals and the seafront hotels are famously busy (and expensive) during the Festival, Le Suquet goes about each day almost unaware an international festival is happening mere minutes away.

Traverse de la Tour, Le Suquet, Cannes (

Traverse de la Tour, Le Suquet, Cannes (

To get to the church and Musée de la Castre at the summit (fee applies to enter the museum, excluding the 1st Sunday of the month when entry is free), walk up rue Saint-Antoine, rue du Suquet, and then Traverse de la Tour. The views from the top are some of the best in the area stretching across Cannes, the Lerins Islands and the Esterels.

View from Le Suquet (

View from Le Suquet (

Access notes: Wheelchair bound or tourists with reduced mobility can still visit the top to enjoy the views, though the streets are steep!   Follow rue Saint-Antoine, rue du Suquet, rue du Pré then rue Louis Perrisol. This route follows paved flat roads and avoid the many stairways in Le Suquet. Or jump onboard the Petit Train tourist train that departs from near the Palais des Festivals as it chugs it way up there too.

Vieux Port (old port)

Stroll for free along the port admiring the expensive superyachts berthed there. Many yachts host private parties in the evening so it’s a good time to wander past for a nosey.

Access notes: Fully accessible on paved flat surface.

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Antibes Lifeboat Open Weekend – 14-15 May

The Antibes Lifeboat is hosting an Open Weekend on Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May in Antibes at Port Vauban and plage Gravette.

The Lifeboat volunteers are on callout 24/7 and are all incredibly hard working and deserve as much support as possible.  I’d love them to get some more exposure as their roles and importance to many towns here is grossly underestimated especially with so much maritime recreation and coastal activities that take advantage of this great French Riviera climate.

yachting antibes

Antibes Lifeboat is a vital maritime rescue boat (image:

Typically, their call outs involve anything from towing stranded boats to cutting mooring lines from jammed propellers to saving lives by rescuing people from sinking vessels.

Unfortunately, a percentage of their work is unnecessary as recreational boaties or water sports enthusiasts head out on the water ill-equipped or without adequate training for navigational or communication aids and the Lifeboat gets called into action to save the day.  If it wasn’t for the Lifeboat, the outcome for many of these people would be dire, even fatal in some cases.

Fundraising for a great cause

Please drop by the Open Weekend in Antibes and show your support – it is family-friendly, both the Capitainerie Quay (where the Harbour Master’s Office is) and plage Gravette are flat and have plenty of room for baby strollers and afterwards the kids can play on the beach or grab an ice cream.

Personally, I’m putting a call out to all the expat Aussies and Kiwis who make up a huge proportion amongst the professional yachting community in Antibes.  Aussies and Kiwis are some of the most faithful and generous supporters of the lifeboat, however if your season is just starting and you can’t make the Open Weekend there are permanent donation boxes at various spots in Antibes Old Town including the Blue Lady Pub and Geoffreys of London, so donate the cost of one pint or your money for that jar of Vegemite and drop in your spare change as it all makes a difference.

Additionally, the Riviera Fitmums group are selling SNSM (French Lifeboat Service) identity bracelets with all proceeds going to the Antibes Lifeboat – they are superb for beach safety, school excursions, theme parks etc in case your little one wanders off.   Just €5 for 10 bracelets (a range of colours are available), I’ve ordered some for my son’s class.  To order some you can send an email to

I.D. bracelets are great for the beach, school excursions, etc - all proceeds to the Antibes Lifeboat

I.D. bracelets are great for the beach, school excursions, etc – all proceeds to the Antibes Lifeboat


All weekend from 10am-5pm at the Capitainerie Quay, there will be:

  • A stand selling drinks and merchandise with sales benefitting the Lifeboat and day-to-day operations
  • Raffles, including a mini raffle to win a trip on the Lifeboat outside of call outs
  • Music performances from the Chorale du SRA and Antibes Music School
  • Demonstrations of the life raft (after rescue demonstrations)
  • Possibility to look around the lifeboats tied up on the visitors quay next to the Capitainerie

Saturday 14 May

11am :  Esplanade de la Gravette – Rescue demonstration (transferring passengers)

2pm-4pm:  Esplanade de la Gravette – Helicopter visit from the French Naval Air Service (landing and take off visible from the remparts)

4pm:  Esplanade de la Gravette remparts – Demonstration of heli-winch in the sea

Sunday 15 May

11am :  Esplanade de la Gravette – In-water rescue demonstration (towing)

3.30pm:  Esplanade de la Gravette – Rescue demonstration (fire and man overboard)

4.45pm Lifeboat Stand – Raffle draw

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Pink Ribbon Charity Walk – MONACO Sunday 13 March

There are just a few days to go until the 5th Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk with all proceeds going towards breast cancer support and awareness.

Registrations will be accepted right up to the event start so you can either register online, or in person at the Stade Louis II on Saturday from 1pm-7pm (the actual walk is Sunday though).

Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk, Sunday 13 March from 10.30am

Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk, Sunday 13 March from 10.30am

The entry fee of €30 includes a t-shirt as well as a bib to write a message of support to someone who has inspired you for this walk.   Each year the event is attended by walkers showing support for their mother, sister, wife, friend – it is a worthy cause that touches many lives so skip your Sunday brunch and come along!

The walk circuit is 5 kilometres with the start on the esplanade of Port Hercule in central Monaco – look for the tent beside the podium truck.   The start line is easy to find and only 10 minutes from the Monaco-Monte Carlo train station and car parking is an easy distance at Place des Armes or the port.

Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk circuit

Pink Ribbon Monaco Walk circuit

Everyone is welcome and lots of families take part; kids under 13 years are free.  Dogs also welcome on leads. Everyone is encouraged to dress in pink – the crazier the better I say!

What your €30 contribution goes towards

Throughout the year, your 30€ contribution helps Pink Ribbon Monaco:

  • Work and assist the Centre de Dépistage du CHPG (Hopital Princesse Grace Screening Centre) led by Dr Daniel Rouison, part of the Ministry of Health and Social affairs

  • Organise informative Q&A conferences in Monaco

  • Organise further awareness campaigns and events

  • Illuminate various Monegasque landmarks in October, during international breast cancer awareness month.


 During the Walk, your 30€ also helps:

  • Contribute to the Federation Monegasque d’Athlètisme and Monaco Run, our hosts for the event. The FMA donates a great deal of material to us, but we still contribute to insurance and other costs attached to the Walk.

  • Our fabric bags, as this year we replaced the plastic bags for reusable, ecological fabric

  • Printing posters and displaying them across Monaco and neighbouring towns.

  • The umbrella is a gift to participants, as it is our 5th anniversary and we had very bad weather last year and did not want to purchase plastic, one use ponchos.

You can also volunteer to help with the event, or simply give a donation of any amount.  Don’t worry if you can’t make this weekend’s event because there are likely to be other fundraisers later in the year – previous events have included ‘Poker nights’ and ‘Paddle for Pink’ stand up paddle boarding at Cap d’Ail.

When:  Sunday 13 March 2016 at 10.30am, Port Hercule in Monaco

For online registration or to donate, please go to

Charity sale – Adults & Childrenswear, Toys, Books – ANTIBES Sat 27 Feb

Everyone is welcome at a charity sale with new and pre-loved adults and children’s clothes, toys and books to be hosted in Antibes on Saturday 27 February between 10.30am-4.30pm.

All proceeds go to Chances for Children Foundation ( with some great bargains on the day across brands including Gap, Esprit and Next.

Charity Clothes Sale - all proceeds to Chances for Children

Charity Clothes Sale – all proceeds to Chances for Children

There will also be mini photo shoots – €10 for 5 photos so its a perfect opportunity to capture your little ones smiling faces!

What:  Charity Clothes Sale

Where:  L’Amiraute Café, 3-4 Place Amiral Bernaud, 06600 ANTIBES

From:  10.30am-4.30pm