Biot — Cannes — Monaco and the local area on the Côte d'Azur, South of France
Biot and the local area Côte d'Azur, South of FranceYou can walk to the village in approximately 6 minutes from one of the two Navette car parks. If you want to drive there is plenty of car parking in the village, although this gets very full in July and August. In the summer a Shuttle bus (Navette) is available and visitors from outside the area are encouraged to use the car parks outside the village and take the Shuttle in and out.
There are many excellent restaurants cafes and bars there, each with their own character. La Restaurant Hotel Galerie des Arcades, La Pierre a Four Restaurant le Migranier, Le Café de la Poste, Chez Odile, Café Brun and Creperie du Vieux are amongst the selection.
Biot is approximately 5 km to the sea. Nice airport is 15km away, Cannes 10km,
Le Parc de la Mer — Marineland (Europe’s largest) Marine theme park is approximately 4 km away and going inland towns like Grasse are well worth a visit
The Cannes Film Festival — le Festival international du film de Cannes
This is held in May every year and in 2007 it will be the 60th festival. The history goes back to 1939 Jean Zay, the French minister for Public Instruction and the Arts (Ministère de l'Instruction Publique et des Beaux-Arts), proposed the creation of an international film event in France. Cannes was chosen for its "sunshine and enchanting setting". However, because of the Second World War the festival did not commence till the September 20, 1946 at the former Casino de Cannes. From 1951 it moved dates till May and runs for two weeks and has run every year since 1946 except 1948 and 1950.
The most prestigious award given out at Cannes is the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for the best film. This non-public Festival is attended by numerous film stars and is a popular venue for movie producers to launch their new films and attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the world.
It is a fascinating experience to spend part of the day or evening there soaking up the atmosphere and although restaurant, hotel and bar prices are higher than normal, it is still possible to eat and drink at "normal" prices. Naturally hotel beds are at a premium. If you walk along the La Croisette in the early evening you will find early evening television shows being transmitted by channels like TF1 and Canal+ and as dusk draws in the visitors to the film showing in the Palais des Festivals et des Congres start arriving — dinner jackets — smart dresses and for the film stars and their entourage a fleet of cars picking them up from their hotels and delivering them to the red carpeted steps.When it is dark there is normally a public screening on the beach with a giant screen and behind that you will be able to see a lazar light display illuminating the entire bay and the yachts and boats anchored in it. This can certainly be an interesting (and inexpensive) way to pass a few hours and if you don't know who is in the chaufered driven cars, there are still newsstands open where you can buy one of the popular "people's lives" magazines.
Further information about Cannes: Described by some as one of the classiest resorts on the Cote d’Azur, although very expensive and having one of the longest shopping streets in Europe, you can still find a reasonably priced hotel and meals locally. It is has a picturesque old town overlooking the town and is famous for its annual film festival held in May each year. It has wonderful sandy beaches that are accessible from the main promenade “La Croisette”. There is also a working fishing port contrasted by private moorings from some the most expensive yachts in the world.
Historic Monaco Grand Prix — Grand Prix de Monaco Historique
1997 saw the first Historic Monaco Grand Prix (Grand Prix de Monaco Historique). It was then held in 2000 and since then every two years in May. It is usually held a week before the Formula one event on the same circuit. Unlike the Formula One event that is 78 laps the races are only 10 laps. The event is held over Saturday and Sunday with qualifying on the Sunday. Cars that race date back to pre- 1947, but there cannot be any cars post 1977.
The day will attract many visitors who will go to the "Goodwood" Revival meeting in England in September. Tickets are not expensive (unlike the Formula One event) and you can have most enjoyable day's entertainment.
If you are visiting Monaco for the day, as many of the roads are closed off, parking can be very difficult. An excellent alternative to trying to come in by car is to take a train. There is a great service running along the coast from Ventimigla in Italy (plus Italian connections) on one side to Marseille on the other.
You will also find that restaurant prices are much lower than they would be for the Formula One performance. The noise from the track is not so loud either, unless they hold a parade of Ferraris as they did in 2004 and many of these were Formula One models.There is plenty of atmosphere to absorb including people watching the race from the yachts in the harbour or just people watching!
Further information about Monaco: Located on the Mediterranean Sea, tucked into the Maritimes Alps, it is only minutes from Nice International Airport ( bus, train and helicopter connections) and the French and Italian Rivieras. It has a population of 32,020 and is 2 sq km in size. The currency is the euro as in the neighbouring countries. Most of the people who dwell here come from somewhere else, drawn by the sun, glamourous lifestyle and – most importantly – tax-free income and more police per head of population than in any other European country.
©jml property Services March 2006
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