I seem to have a love and hate story with the French Riviera! The first time I came to the Riviera I was nine, fell head over heals in love with Nice and the Riviera, this was my dream place, I could see myself living there. I would try to go there as often as I could,even if during the high summer season it become rather nightmarish to fight for a seat on the beach and walk through the massive crowds in the evenings.
A few years later I moved to Nimes and discovered the "other Riviera" the Languedoc area and fell in love with the Spanish influence, the much wider beaches and the more down to earth atmosphere. Since I've moved to England, I used to go the Languedoc-Roussillon region for holidays on a regular basis; St Cyprien Plage became the vacation place to go for the family. It worked well until the kids outgrew the place and were after more glitz and glam really? or something with more of a nightlife I guess?
This year when I suggested going back to the beach in Cannes, I received huge smiles and excitement as feedback. To be honest, I did not know what to expect; August is probably the worst time to visit the French Riviera, but we managed well. I found a treasure trove of a place to stay in Cannes la Bocca, which is more known by the locals than the tourist crowds. The Hotel we stayed in Veles Plage is an old residential house from the 19th century transformed into holiday flats; the secluded garden is hiding a swimming pool under the palm trees, and the beach was only 5 minutes away.
In the evening we used to walk to Cannes La Croisette for dinner along the beach, it was the perfect location to stay avoiding being overwhelmed by tourists and feel like a local, every morning I would walk to the bakery for the daily baked bread.
The train station Cannes La Bocca (or le Bosquet) is only 5 minutes away, and we easily travelled by train to Nice and Monaco, we didn't even need a car. I hope these photographs will enlighten your day like the places have enlightened my summer. After all Autumn is coming, and we need all the sunshine we can get even in our imagination.
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