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ripening grapes in the Loire

ripening grapes in the Loire




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New Year Fireworks in Cannes

Should you be lucky enough to spend the New Year holiday on the Côte d’Azur, be sure not to miss the annual Cannes Fireworks Display (feu d’artifice) which celebrates the arrival of the New Year  31 December 2018 and which will light up the whole of the bay!

Cannes New Year FireworksFor the 12 strokes of midnight on New Year’s Eve, the City of Cannes features a pyrotechnic show: Feu d’artifice du Nouvel An. In 2017 this unique creation was devised exclusively for Cannes by Fabrice Chouillier (fireworks designer rewarded with the 2010 Vestale d’Or in the Pyrotechnics Art Festival). A succession of the finest compositions of colours and effects will offer an exceptional show to ring in the New Year. The 2016 theme was Star Wars!

For more info see www.cotedazur-tourisme.com

View from Cocoon’in Cannes

Whilst there are plenty of fine hotels in Cannes, you could try the self-catering apartments Cocoon’in Cannes in the Old Town, just 100 metres from the Old Port

TGVBy train/TGV to Cannes with Loco2.com

“Cannes is for living, Monte Carlo for gambling and Menton for dying.”

At least that’s what the Riviera experts used to say in the last years of the 19th century. And that’s not changed since. Cannes is still busy living it up. If it’s Riviera chic you’re looking for, then head for Cannes, but you’ll discover a town with more ritzy restaurants than you’ll ever need. The circus of self promotion reaches a peak during the film festival, but off-season Cannes can be surprisingly low-key.

If you tire of the beaches, explore the Old Town (called Le Suquet) which clusters on a low hill. The must-do excursion from Cannes is the boat trip to the Îles de Lérins, two offshore islands which are both a haven of peace – the perfect cure for visitors who just cannot keep up with the frenetic pace of life in Cannes itself.