Every year since 1946 Cannes becomes the capital of the cinema, and this year it wasn’t the exception. This year the 66th Festival of Cannes started on May 15th, and it will last until the 26th when the “Palme d’Or” will be given to the best film. Cannes is a small city located west from Nice (about 20 kilometers). You can get there by train (around 25 minutes, 5 euros), by bus (2 hours! but just 1 euro) or by car (20 minutes through the A8 highway).
If you go to center you can see the port, the “Palace du Festival” where the festival takes place, a church located up in a hill (the view from there it’s awesome!) and several luxury hotels. If you are there for shopping, there’s a street for everybody (the one located next to the beach is where you’ll find all the luxury brands like Prada, Gucci, etc.. In the next one you’ll find stores like Zara, the next one some small and cheaper stores, and finally you’ll find the flea market.
To find someone famous on the streets is kind of hard as all of them travel on limousines that take them from the entrance of the hotel (one of the most famous there is the Martinez and the Ritz Hotel) to wherever they want to go. During this 2 weeks you see as well many yachts in the sea, where the more rich people spend their days as this costs several hundred thousands dollars per day.
If you want to go to a movie in the festival, you need to live in the area and make a reservation a few months before the festival. As this can be hard to get, they give the chance to people to see films in the beach. Every night the project one film from a different place. The put chairs all over the beach and anyone can go there.
Somewhere between the beach and the “Palace du Festival” you have village where you see all the countries that are participating in the competition or that are looking for an investor for their films. If you want to go there you need a special badge (until 2009 this wasn’t the case, and everybody was able to go there).