Looking back : Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix. :)

Imagine a film festival with a backdrop of sun,sand, sea and Palm tree’s and there you go,you’ve thought up the gorgeous Cannes Film Festival in the South of France.The sixty sixth annual Festival de film will be held from the 15th -26th May 2013 ,with the delightful ‘Amelie’ actress Audrey Tatou hosting the opening and closing ceremony’s. I have always loved the glamour of Cannes and back in 2009 myself, Wil and a couple of friends and their boys enjoyed a holiday in nearby St Raphael in a hot and sunny May. Of course we were up for a bit of star spotting! Firstly though here are a few shots of vintage Cannes. šŸ™‚

Grace Kelly at the festival in 1955.
Grace Kelly at the festival in 1955.

Ginger Rogers poses in front of the Carlton hotel  1956.
Ginger Rogers poses in front of the Carlton hotel 1956.

Brigitte Bardot on the beach in Cannes.
Brigitte Bardot on the beach in Cannes.

In the sixties even the daleks posed at the festival.
In the sixties even the daleks posed at the festival.

This year the opening film will be Baz Lurhmanns ‘The Great Gatsby’ starring Leonardo diCaprio. Back in 2009 the festival was all about Brad Pitts star turn in Quentin Tarentino’s Inglorious Bastards (Scuze my French Tee Hee). Here are a few snaps from our time there. I must apolagize for the lack of actual real life movie stars!
Here we are early morning at the 62nd festival!
Here we are early morning at the 62nd festival!

Larger than Life 'Bumble Bee ' in front of the Carlton. :)
Larger than Life Transformer ‘Bumble Bee ‘ in front of the Carlton. šŸ™‚

The golden sands at Cannes.
The golden sands at Cannes.

Mime artist with cats.He did assure me the cats were enjoying themselves.Hmmm not sure though.
Mime artist with cats.He did assure me the cats were enjoying themselves.Hmmm not sure though.

This is the nearest we got to seeing Mr Pitt.Him and Angelina arrived about half an hour after we gave up hanging around.Never mind!
This is the nearest we got to seeing Mr Pitt.Him and Angelina arrived about half an hour after we gave up hanging around. Cest la vie!

The other advantageous appeal of holidaying in the South of France in late May/early June is that the Monaco F1 Grand Prix follows the Cannes film festival. So of course we decided to drive to Monte Carlo for the race day. We did not have tickets but just thought we would head there for the atmosphere. If you ever go make sure you take your earplugs! The noise is deafening, the course is one of the most exciting and excillerating as it follows the narrow roads around Monaco and includes hair pin bends and a tunnel.We found that unless you are incredibly tall you do not get much of a view of the race if you are kind of gate crasher’s like we were! But our friend Andy who had been numerous times before knew what to do.Head down to the Paddocks next to the harbor just as the race ends and you will spot a few of the drivers past and present.
A F1 racing car carrier.
A F1 racing car carrier.

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The guys were very impressed with these pit babes dancing at a bar after the race.
The guys were very impressed with these pit babes dancing at a bar after the race.

Ok so I didn’t get a snap of Jensen Button ( he won by the way that year~all the fancy yachts boomed their horns in unison) or Lewis Hamilton-though that particular driver almost ran me over as he scooted away after the end of the race ….on yes a moped. But we have many happy memories of what was definantly a holiday of a life time. šŸ™‚ Bon Vacation!
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcocks To Catch a Thief which was filmed along the French Riviera and Monaco.
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcocks To Catch a Thief which was filmed along the French Riviera and Monaco.

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