So about a month ago I had the absolute pleasure of being invited by a variety of tourist boards to explore Cannes, Nice and Paris. I'd never been to Cannes or Nice before so I jumped at the chance. The Itinerary was jam packed with gang of sweet activities, along with a great crew of people who were a mix of bloggers, vloggers and photographers. I had an amazing time to say the least. Here's my round up of the highlights from the trip.
First stop on our Riviera adventure was the beautiful Island of Saint-Honorat. Just a short boat ride from Cannes. The peaceful Island is owned and inhabited by monks. It's small enough to walk end to end and well worth a visit. We did a little bit of exploring and then ended with a wine tasting from the Islands own Vineyards. I had to come home with a bottle of Red I was so impressed with the unique taste due to the location of the vineyards.
Cannes, back on the mainland
Upon our return from the Saint-Honorat Island, we strolled along the palm tree lined marina, set against some beautiful hotels which felt like they were straight out of a Wes Anderson movie.
Cannes is a very intimate small town, where you would struggle to get lost. A few days before I was heading out for the trip, I noticed that a friend of mine was going to be in Cannes. I didn't reach out to him because I knew I would be on a tight schedule, but as we wandered the streets, low and behold I saw him and had a quick catch up. So yes, I'm not exaggerating when I say It's intimate.
Lastly one of my favourite facts I learned about Cannes was that It has around 320 days of pure sunshine, and seeing as it's only 2 hour 45mins away from the UK. That's including flights and a short train journey from Nice airport, I decided to revisit later this year.
Midem music festival
Our evening activities were at the Midem festival on the beach. Which was particularly to my taste as It was a hip hop line up. The headline act of the evening was Wyclef Jean who you'd know and recognise from the Fugees.
Old town, Cannes
Next up we travelled to Nice. Starting at Garibaldi square, then onto the beachfront and finally ended up at the Old town. NIce was a beautiful place to explore by foot, with so much to take in. The architecture the food and of course the never ending beachfront.
The beach front
View from my balcony at the Jay Hotel, which was a short walk from the beach and so went to explore at night.
This was my second visit to Paris this year and boy was I excited, as on my last visit It practically rained everyday. This time it was pure sunshine which really is the way to explore this beautiful city.
We began with a walk through Montmartre. Definitely one of my favourite places to revisit, and an absolute gem for street photographers. Also, it's one of the locations used in the FIlm Amelie.
4 roues sous 1 parapluie
This was definitely one of my favourite activities from the whole adventure. Seeing Paris from the back of an open top 2CV was just magic and completely blew me away, I think I didn't stop smiling the whole time and can not recommend doing this enough, especially on a beautiful sunny day. It offeres a truly unique perspective of this city and the drivers are full of facts and stats.
We Love Green festival
What better way to wrap up an amazing break, than at the "We Love Green" festival. Again an event I will never forget a we got to witness the legendary "Justice" first hand under the stars on a perfect summers evening. Sadly I didn't get many shots that did the festival or justice (pardon the pun;) . Instead I've stitched together a few Instagram stories I took at the festival which help bring it to life.
Au revoir mon cher ami!