Detour: Under A French Sun

I am still working on a few more safari posts but I thought I would take a quick break and share some photos from a work trip I took back to Nice, France a couple of weeks ago. Before moving to Johannesburg in 2013, I had been living in Nice for over 5 years (and Paris for 8). While we were preparing for landing, I was chatting to the South African couple next to me and they asked if I was going home. Without hesitation I answered that no, I live in South Africa. I paused a few seconds, and then I added, that well in fact, France used to be my home but now I call South Africa home. Regardless, it was fun to be back and even though most of the time I was working, I did have a bit of time to take advantage of the warm riviera sun. We were based in Cannes, and as it was not yet high season, the ambience on the coast was chilled and laidback.

Port of CannesPort of Cannes

Old Town CannesOld Town Cannes as seen from the port

YachtsMany beautiful yachts but hardly anyone out with them on this gorgeous Saturday


Wooden SailboatI’ll take this one please

Architecture of CannesArchitecture of Cannes

One of the most well-known landmarks is Le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès where the Cannes Film Festival is held every May. I have many great memories of the Festival where I would head over to Cannes to play paparazzi for the day. My favorite time was the premier of Inglourious Basterds, where I got some great Brangelina shots, back when Brad Pitt was still super hot and not so scruffy looking.

Le Palais des Festivals et des CongrèsLe Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

Le Palais des Festivals et des CongrèsLe Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

ReflectionsReflections in the Palais

BeachThis section of beach was not quite summer-ready yet

BeachPeople were already out sun-bathing and one was even in the water (must have been a Brit 🙂 )

Merry-Go-Round on La CroisetteMerry-Go-Round on La Croisette

BeachfrontBeachfront Dining

Carlton HotelCarlton Hotel

Hotel MartinezHotel Martinez

View of Cannes from the Old TownView of Cannes from the Old Town

Colorful Buildings in Old TownColorful Buildings in Old Town Cannes
PétanquePétanque La Croisette at NightLa Croisette at Night



5 thoughts on “Detour: Under A French Sun

  1. I grew up in Johannesburg during the fifties and sixties and found your walks around the city reminiscent of my youth. Although many areas have changed/deteriorated, it was fascinating to be able to recognise buildings and streets in your excellent photo’s.


  2. Pingback: 2015: Where did you go? | Under an African Sun

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