Little City of Strong Emotions
Cannes furiously splashing reassigns for delight and surprise on visitors, gives a little rest – and the nervous system of its guests is experiencing. Despite the size of the usual resort town – about 70 thousand inhabitants – Cannes over the past half century has become one of the main capitals of the world.
Any actor, any director dreams of how rises through the Red Cannes Staircase and will receive the prize of the most prestigious festival in the world. Fans come here from all over the world, Japanese girls come with small ladders and stewners, arrange them near the red carpet leading to the Palace of Festivals, and look from these stairs to their favorites. And scream: "Brad Pitt! Orlando Bloom! Johnny Depp!! A-A-A!!".
They say, fifty weeks in the year Cannes are immersed in a hibernation and wakes up only in May, taking festival guests. They say the indigenous inhabitants of Cannes are trying to leave the city for these two weeks so as not to see the crowd of the celebrating people. And still run legends about, for example, as some kind of kinodiva first removed the bra in front of photographers on the beach, and how Claude Lebusch sailed to the opening of the festival on his own yacht bought on the film’s income "Man and woman". In 1968, the festival was abolished as a sign of solidarity with the strikers of Parisians, and the Cannes aristocrats wore red bows on the lapels, raising them with diamond pins. In 1963, Hitchcock to view his "Birds" Dentible bird cells from which released several tens of chap. And Lukino Wisconti paced the croisette with a leopard on a leash, advertising his film "Leopard". For 60 years, a lot of legends have accumulated at the Cannes Film Festival.
The date of birth of the main event of the film can be considered 1939: the opening of the first festival coincided on the beginning of the Second World War. But the film festival, like the advertising festival "Cannes lions", – This is just one of the countless people of Cannes. Cannes – and resort, and historical place, and just a place to relax – calm and measured or light-glamorous. This city has dozens of persons, and everyone is worth come here to come here.
Word "azure" – This is something from the lexicon of romantic poets: a jet of light lazuries, and above it, as usual, the ray of the sun is gold. Phrase "Cote d’Azur" – This is another level of romance: the Light of the Sun Sun is chosen by a real noble metal, and the azure is synonymous with carelessness and luxury.
With a cannon from a Russian person, the problem: how to pronounce it? Cannes or Cannes? French pronounced "Cannes", But it is written with the letter S in the end – the plural indicator. Word CANNE itself means "cane": At the time of the Romans, the coast was completely in reed. Yes, the settlement existed even in the Roman Empire, a deaf province by the Sea on the Lerina Islands. But the name "Cannes" It appeared only in the XI century, and then the monks of the local monastery built the fortress of Syuce to defend themselves from Saracinov. Today the Tower of Fortress is happily looking at the city that is not protected from anyone. Is that from the crowd of tourists. Beaches, sun, view of the island: you can lie and melt. True, there are few public beaches, so it will have to pay for the opportunity. Many beaches belong expensive hotels located on Croisette Boulevard.
But even in a small hotel somewhere on the outskirts, you can also feel the spirit of the city. Night concierge mourses into the tube: "I kiss you, a thousand times kiss you, my pupsik!" – gives the keys and says as follows: "I wish you a very, very good night!". And dreamily sighs.
And the real story of Cannes began with cholera. British Treasurer, Lord Henry Broouli drove in 1834 in Nice, not knowing what the cholera epidemic broke out there. I had to stay in the fishing village of thirty with more than a kilometers from Nice. Local cuisine, wine, healthy sea air and beautiful landscapes fascinated Lord. It is said that the most of all I was struck by Baybes – fish soup, the main meal of fishermen. Broudheavy built in Canne Villa, began to invite guests here, and with his light hand, Cannes quickly became a fashion resort.
In the middle of the XIX century, a yacht club was already in Cannes, and a golf club (it, by the way, founded the Grand Duke Mikhail Romanov). In 1879, in France there was only one tennis court – of course, in Cannes. The city attracted not only romantics and writers (and Prospere Merim, and Oscar Wilde, and Gi de Maupassan, who treated Astma here, advertised Cannes to all their friends), but also to know the highest. One of the city quarters is even named by the name of the Russian king Alexander III.
Boulevard Croisette appeared in 1868. And in 1887 the poet Stephen I am invented the term "Cote d’Azur". Casino was soon built, – it was at this place that the palace of festivals appeared later. Casino, however, in it, too, there is: Is it possible to have fun if there is no risk?
Palace of festivals Locals are called "Bunker". He does not fit into a magnificent Cannes architecture, but it doesn’t bother him at all: towards himself over the croisette, contemptuously looking at the crowds of those who want to get inside. It was here that at the time of the festivals are trying to get the fans who did not take the ticket, it is here that photographers in the ties of the butterflies (without a butterfly tie, not a single man under no circumstances will be allowed for evening view). Alley around the palace is palaced by plates on which the festival stars leave the prints of their palms. Sometimes even during the festival, the bums sleep on these evidence of fame, looked into sleeping bags (in May Cannian nights are still cool).
Not far from the Palace of Festivals – the church in which Napoleon himself stopped in March 1815, running from the Elbe Island. Cannes residents are very proud of this. During the festival in this church, you can buy posters for movies, and the first in the eyes of the gloomy Harry Potter rushes, waving his wand towards the memorial boards about Napoleon.
If you go for a walk from the Palace of Festivals to the Old Port, stop at the playgrounds to play Petanque. Petanque is one of the most popular types of time killing in France, and some of the local old old men remember, as in the 60s, Jean Mare and other sex symbols played here. The rules are very simple: you need to throw balls. If the ball will fall close to the cathedto – a small ball that is thrown first, then you will win. It is believed that Petanque is the same symbol of Cannes, as a film festival, sea or suice.
Old Town is located in the district of SUKU. There are always a lot of tourists here. Some look at the city – the messenger of the red roofs, others came for the sake of the ethnographic museum, the third photographs of the chap. Birds are sitting on the lantern right in front of the watchdog tower, and posing with photographers against the background of the city. When one seagull bothers sit there, the next one is replaced, – the lantern almost never remains empty.
If you have time, you need to go to the Lerinsky Islands: on one of them, Saint Margherit, held the famous prisoner in the iron mask, about which you probably did not read, then watched movies with two Leonardo di Caprio starring – King Louis XIV and his twin brother. Here is the maritime museum where you can look at all that they find in the sea, including the remains of sunken ships. On the smallest island, St. Ohora, a monastery was built in the XI century. Monks live here and today, grow grapes, so be sure to buy wine from them and honey of their own manufacture and their famous liquor.
The legend says that he founded the monastery of Saint Ohora, and at the same time he cleared the island from the snake, causing an unusually strong tide, which all washed away. At this time, he was sitting on the palm, which is why the palm branch and became a symbol of Cannes. In Cannes and around him, there is a lot of things to spend all day: shops, museums, yellow sand, narrow streets, for which it is almost impossible to pass, because they are forced by restaurant tables, an antique bazaar blowable by sweet wind.
Many of Cannes attractions are in private possession, and to give people the opportunity to see them, the Ministry of Culture suits the heritage days – when you can make free excursions to some villas, for example, watch Valvabrosa Castle or Shanflery residence.
But the villas and museums are Cannes official, lush, aesthetic. There are magnets of the pitytail: restaurants and small cafes, markets and antique shops. On the covered market in the Torvil district, you can spend all day, looking at old books, postcards with a view of a canna half a century ago, optical devices, seen stars over France, when the word "stars" applied only to heavenly luminaires. Wine glasses, bells, vinyl plates, wooden figures, there is even a seller who can find canes of any kind – with a bone handle, from green glass, wooden, with countersunk boxes, with a special glove clamp.
Next to the seller, a huge and important English Bulldog focuses, looks at canes with such a serious look, as if in a past life, he had no such thing, like cylinders.
Behind the fashion, you need to go to the street Antibes, this is an unbroken street, parallel to the croisette. Flower garlands hang on the pillars – even, rather, flower beds. During the festivals, there are no push there, tourists will sink from the store to the store, study the shameless mannequins, showing lace underwear, look at the windows with chocolate candies (they are doing here, with you), hurry to Fnac – here you can buy any music, video , DVD, books. During the last film festival, the chairman of whose jury was Quentin Tarantino, in FNACE directly at the entrance stood a stand called "Universe Quentin Tarantino".
Between antibes and croisette – restaurants and eaters, nights overcrowded so much that it is impossible to drive on the car. In the current Vietnamese restaurant give real, well-brewed jasmine tea in chairs – it is important for chapolics: in France you can find good coffee, but strong tea does not serve even in Salles du the tea – in tea. In this area, fun, noisy and drunk.
A more famous public is going not far from the old port and the Tower of Syuce. Pedestrian street of Syuke consists only of restaurants and souvenir shops, in which – in all – selling olive herbs and lavender. In the restaurants of Suce, do not get away without prior order. Here is a real olive food, heavy, but surprisingly delicious: mandatory olives and olives for a snack or paste from Maslin – Tapenad. Fish soup with refueling Rui, duck, or rabbit, or just a piece of meat. And for dessert Try cream-brule – you will not find such a delicious cream-brulee in any other city of France. And, of course, it is necessary to drink it all a real French wine and listen as a waiter explains that on this earth did a divine drink from grapes another 2600 years ago, and in every drop of this wine – the whole world history. He says, and you think about Cannes – about an eclectic town, where palm trees are adjacent to the eucalyptus, and the Karlton dome is designed to remind about the chest famous at the very beginning of the twentieth century Paris Kurtisani. Candles are burning on the table, tourists are passing by, – see, this emir Kusturica is looking for where to dine, and the almodowar goes surrounded by some ladies, – and canno stars float over your head.