November 12th, 2007 – by: sissanoel
View from Cannes Harbour up to the museum on the hill.
Day 2 saw us in Cannes and Grasse. We took the train to Cannes first for a wander around the sights - first along the beach, past the film festival auditorium, the luxury yacht filled marina, and then up the hill to the old castle. You get a lovely view back along the coast from the castle, along with sighting a seagull the size of an albatross sitting on a turret! We then walked back through the Halles, a covered (but open-air) antique market - some interesting stuff at fairly hefty prices, along with a lot of junk, but fun to wander through. We had to get a rail replacement bus up to Grasse, and then took a taxi up to the town from the train station, only to find out from the tourist information centre that there is a free shuttle from the station up to the town - the tourist info in Nice said the only option apart from walking was a taxi.
We definitely found in this area that the tourist info centres are VERY specific to their particular town - they know nothing about anywhere else at all (or if they do, they seem to always tell you the wrong thing) and have no interest in finding out, even though most places are only 10km or so apart (if that). We found this frustrating at times, particularly when it came to using public transport (and more particularly because the French train drivers strike meant that we had to get lots of local buses which is a bit more complicated that simply sitting on the train - thank you, Monsieur Sarkozy and your proposed pension reforms! We walked through the Old Town of Grasse and had lunch in a cafe in the park near the tourist info, but most of the shops were closed so just window-shopped. We visited Perfumerie Fragonard and, after doing the short tour of their museum and old factory works, bought ourselves a couple of bottles - as travellers, their aluminium bottles are terrific because they won't break and they weigh ver little. Caught the bus back to Nice, which took us on a lovely, winding route back through various other towns along the coast. Had cheese, biscuits and pate for dinner (with a bottle of red, of course) - so frenchy, so chic!!!
Melissa with view of Cannes behind, from the museum hill.