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Five destinations I would love to return to…

I’ve seen this post idea on various blogs, most recently on the excellent Darwin On The Rocks and around the World. and I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the places I would love to revisit. It was hard narrowing it down so I have decided to choose from holidays abroad and all are destinations I would hop on a plane and fly to right this minute if I could.:)

Blue fishing boats in Essaouira.
Blue fishing boats in Essaouira.

Essaouira ~ Morocco.. I have visited Morocco twice and loved the vibrant bustling souks of Marrakech and the long sandy beaches of Agadir. I must admit my favourite place though is less than three hours drive from both of these more better known resorts. The beautiful and windswept coastal town of Essaouira is an ancient fishing port with fortified walls and whitewashed buildings. It has a laid back vibe and I remember the fresh sea breeze ( which is present at all times!) was a welcome respite from the stifling heat inland. The same breeziness means it is a popular base for beach sports such as wind surfing and kite surfing. Its an aspiring photographers dream too of course. Look at those gorgeous blue fishing boats! Seafood, Souks, Sun, Sea and Sand. When we stayed in Essaouira we made our own way from Marrakech on a packed locals bus complete with whole families, chickens and paper fans.;) Easyjet have just started flying twice weekly from Luton Airport. Fancy it?

Moroccan Moggies.
Moroccan Moggies.

Cannes and the French Riviera. The recent Cannes Film Festival made me hanker for that touch of class that is the French Riviera. Quite a few years ago now we found ourselves in the crowds waiting for a certain ‘Brad & Angelina’ to grace the red carpet for the world premier of the film ‘Inglorious’. To cut a long story short we never got to see them. Sob! If only we had waited around that little bit longer. I think Angelina must have been busy getting airbrushed or something. That aside I would love to return to this part of France again. Just wandering round at Festival time was so amazing and glamourous but the area has so much more to offer. Other memorable moments of our holiday included a crossing with two nuns in a little boat from Cannes to the picturesque island of Ile Saint-Honorat and a wander round the ancient mountain village of Eze and its exotic cactus gardens with exceptional views. Can I go back now!

Here we are early morning at the 62nd festival!
Here we are early morning at the 62nd festival!
Cactus garden in Eze.
Cactus garden in Eze.
Inside the Reichstaag.
Inside the Reichstaag.

Berlin. There is never a more fascinating city than Germanys capital. Nine years ago now, Wil and I experienced a city break in Berlin. Its history is so powerful and engulfing that you can’t help but be moved by it. Remnants of the Berlin Wall still exist. Bullet holes in old elegant buildings date back to the second world war. We visited the topography of terror, the holocaust memorial and the Checkpoint Charlie museum for an insight into the lives of everyday people caught up in gigantic events. And we ate out lots……sourkraut with everything. Think thats the national dish! Despite this I would love to go back one day. πŸ˜‰

A part of the Berlin Wall.
A part of the Berlin Wall.

British Columbia ~ Canada. I have been fortunate enough to visit BC in Canada twice. Luckily for me one of my old school friends lives in the scenic ski resort town of Fernie in the Canadian Rockies. Vast amounts of snow are dumped on the mountains every winter making it a powdery paradise for winter sports enthusiasts. But I would love to relive our fantastic road trip to Vancouver Island if thats possible please? Or get stuck in a bear jam. Or spy a mountain lion ambling into the forest. Or watch whales in the Pacific rim national park….. πŸ™‚

Kayaking, Island lake lodge resort, Fernie.
Kayaking, Island lake lodge resort, Fernie.
Larking about Crystal Cove, Tofino, Vancouver Island.
Larking about Crystal Cove, Tofino, Vancouver Island.

Iceland. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to go to Iceland. And in October last year I finally got to realise my dream when Wil and I stayed for three nights in Reykjavik. Highlights of our trip included the Golden Circle tour where we got to visit the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall and the gushing Strokkur Geysir. We also had a memorable dip in the iconic Blue Lagoon. πŸ™‚

Bathing in the Blue Lagoon.
Bathing in the Blue Lagoon.
Reykjavik Rooftops.
Reykjavik Rooftops.

Although I never got to see the Northern Lights ( it was too cloudy) this is not the reason I would like to return to this beautiful country. I would also like to explore more of the island and as I’m a bit of a nature lover Summer seems the perfect season for a revisit. Well one summer, one day eh!

What would be your favourite destinations to return to? I would love to know! X

Cats and Curiosities in the Marais. ^^

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When we decided to go to Paris I must admit I found myself hoping that we would stumble upon the Cat Cafe there.Β Le Cafe des Chats is an unassuming building on Rue Michel le Comte in the Marais district. It is a cafe and home to several furry felines.:) They are all rescue cats who have been chosen for their sociable and laid back natures. In the end I decided to take no chances ( the cafe recommends that you make a reservation) and I booked us a table online. We found ourselves in the 3rd arrondissement a little earlier than planned …..but spotted an interesting museum nearby to have a nosy around first.

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The Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature ( Museum of Hunting & Nature)Β at 62 Rue des Archives is well worth a visit if your in the area. Its packed full of interesting exhibits. Antiques, art,taxidermy and cabinets of curios. I am certainly not a fan of hunting….but the collection here is certainly eye catching and thought provoking. Relics of times past, the museum examines our relationships with animals and nature. There is much to see over three floors and on our visit there was also an unusual Danish Art exhibition mingled with the museums resident bears and wild boar2014-07-26 13.57.24.

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Soon it was time to head for our table at Le Cafe des Chats and I pushed a rather reluctant Wil in the direction of said cafe. He is much more of a dog person ( though I have seen him playing with/tormenting our cat Slinky on occasion) but he agreed to go…..as the next day I would be devoting my time to watching ‘ The Tour de France’ with him. πŸ™‚

We entered the cafe and showed the girl at the desk our reservation. She told us to wash our hands with the hand disinfectant provided and went through the rules which are : a) no feeding the cats , b) no disturbing any sleeping cats & c) no flash photography. We then could choose where to sit. There are two levels ~ so we headed down the stairs as there was no room on the ground floor. Downstairs is cozy and cavernous with sofas dotted around and a piano. There was no natural light so my photos turned out quite dark.

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The cats all seemed very content ~ some were asleep , curled up on cushions or in bookshelves. Some were being fussed over by the delighted clientele. One mischievous moggy took over a customers armchair ~ so she perched on the arm with her coffee, so not to disturb. Cats take precedence here. πŸ™‚

The idea for ‘Cat Cafes’ started in the far East apparently. People in large cities who cannot keep pets due to their busy work lives , can find solace and relaxation in the company of these placid and affectionate kittys, dropping in after work for a coffee and purr therapy.

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We both decided on the trio of petite desserts on our visit and a coffee or chocolate. The selection consisted of strawberries with cream, a macaroon and a chocolate cake. They were rather good! Because our reservation was quite late in the afternoon , only cakes and sweet things were available , so bear that in mind when booking.

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I think if I ever return to Paris ( I hope I do πŸ™‚ ), I would love to visit the cafe again ~ perhaps booking an earlier time and finding a table on the more light and airy ground floor. It was lovely to see some of the residents snoozing in the window. πŸ™‚

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Do not despair though, a cat cafe has opened in London too, so if you cannot get to Paris Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium may be an option for other crazy cat ladies like me. πŸ˜‰

Thanks for dropping by.X

Classic Chick Flicks ~ Gigi

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Gigi (1958) is a romantic comedy musical adapted from the French novella, written by Colette. I have recently read it and was intrigued when I found that this film had been made. The story is set in turn of the century Paris ( 1900), where society seems to revolve round men taking mistresses and women aspiring to become them. Leslie Caron plays the young and carefree ‘Gigi’, who lives with her Grandmother ‘ Madame Alvarez’ and her mother , an opera singer , who we often hear practising her singing but never actually see.

Louis Jordan is the rich and charming ‘Gaston’, a family friend who becoming bored of the playboy lifestyle, finds himself spending more time drinking camomile tea with Madame Alvarez and playing cards with the refreshingly naive yet mischievous Gigi.

Gigi with her friends.
Gigi with her friends.
Gaston loves nothing better than getting beaten at cards by Gigi.
Gaston loves nothing better than getting beaten at cards by Gigi.
Eva Gabor plays Gastons cheating mistress Leanne.
Eva Gabor plays Gastons cheating mistress Leanne.

Every week Gigi visits her Great Aunt Alicia ( Madame A’s sister) for lessons in etiquette and charm ( something she is not very good at! ). Her elder relatives believe she will eventually need these attributes if she is to become a celebrated mistress like her Aunt. Meanwhile Gaston has discovered his own mistress ‘Leanne’ has been unfaithful , and promises to take Gigi and her Grandmother to the coast after Gigi wins a wager at cards. The three enjoy a weekend by the sea where they bump into Gastons uncle ( Maurice Chevalier) who quite often pops up in the film ( somewhat annoyingly ) to give Gaston advice on how to be the perfect playboy.

Gigi fooling about playing tennis with Gaston.
Gigi fooling about playing tennis with Gaston.
Aunt alicia shows Gigi the types of jewels that are acceptable presents off admirers.
Aunt alicia shows Gigi the types of jewels that are acceptable presents off admirers.
And how to choose a gentlemans cigars.
And how to choose a gentlemans cigars.

When Aunt Alicia finds out about the seaside trip she is furious and points out to her sister that Gaston surely has feelings for Gigi and that her lessons and wardrobe need to be stepped up at once. Unaware of what’s going on, but delighted at the prospect of some new grown up gowns Gigi spends more time learning how to become a lady. Comparisons to My Fair Lady here, even down to the Cecil Beaton designs.

That ruffle is not a good look Gigi !
That ruffle is not a good look Gigi !
Gaston doesn't react well to Gigi's change of image.
Gaston doesn’t react well to Gigi’s change of image.

Visiting Madame Alvarez once again, Gaston is amazed at the transformation in Gigi who suddenly stands before him as a sophisticated young woman. Yet the change has disturbed him and he storms out , realising as he stomps the streets of Paris, that he has fallen in love. Returning to the apartment he asks that Gigi become his mistress and promises her a life of luxury and kindness. Initially Gigi rejects Gaston ( though she now knows she is in love with him too, she has spent time reading about all his mistresses , along with the rest of Paris), but then decides that she would rather be miserable with him than without him and accompanies him on their first date as a couple.

On their date at Maxims.
On their date at Maxims.

Gigi puts all her Grandmothers lessons into practice on their date at Maxims which instead of pleasing Gaston, only makes him uncomfortable. Happily it then dawns on him that actually he doesn’t want Gigi to be his mistress after all. He wants her to be his wife. Hurrah. πŸ™‚ The film ends with the happily married couple strolling in the park ~ looking very much in love.

The Happy Couple.
The Happy Couple.

I really enjoyed the book and the movie especially the fact that despite all the meddling our heroine was able to marry for love….and not become just a mistress with a pouch full of expensive jewels from long gone lovers.

Have you read any stories by Colette?

Paris ~ a bucket list.

We are hoping to visit Paris this year. We haven’t booked anything and it may not even happen. This has not stopped me from inventing itinaries and planning Paris inspired Pinterest boards though! Maybe ( if we go), When we have finished gazing up in awe at the Eiffel Tower and admiring the Arc De Triumph ,maybe we can explore a little bit more………:)

1)Vintage Carousels are seemingly popular in Paris.Several are dotted round the city including this one near the Eiffel Tower. How lovely to photograph the famous landmark from the vantage point of a vintage merry go round.
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There are others in various parcs and gardens including the jardin du luxembourg and forum les halles.For many grouped together visit le musee de art forain~ a museum of all things carnival related. I’m surely not to old to take a ride on a beautiful carousel horse am I……..

2)Outdoor Swimming is not something one associates with the River Seine but maybe that is because I didn’t know about le piscine Josephine Baker a large barge moored on the banks near the Bastille containing an impressive pool. Named for the American born entertainer/resistance heroine Josephine Baker who found love and acceptance in Paris, it has a magnificent glass roof that opens up in the summer to reveal spacious sun decks.Make sure to take your speedo’s if your a boy and swim cap if your a girl ~ the general rules in french swimming baths.

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Piscine Josephine Baker.

3) Pavement cafe’s in Paris are there to entice you to sit and watch the world go by I presume. Relax with a cafe au lait, a copy of Cherie by Colette and a sumptious french pastry.:-)

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Parisienne cafe.

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Paris Brest ~ named after a french bike race apparently.

4) Hunt out the miniature Statues of Liberty of which there are two in Paris. The original was of course a gift to New York from Paris so it is only fitting that the city has its own. The tallest is situated on a small island in the Seine (le Ill aux Cygnes) and at 37ft is tiny in comparision to its legendary counterpart.

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I love the fact that the Eiffel tower rises majestically in the distance. An even smaller replica can be found in the jardin du luxembourg.

5) In the film Sabrina , Audrey Hepburn’s character says ‘paris is always a good idea’. She must have thought so herself as Audrey made several films in the city. I have only seen Funny Face where she danced with Fred Astaire and Charade in which she starred with Cary Grant. There are several more including Sabrina and Paris When It Sizzles.

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Audrey with balloons in Funny Face.

To trace Audrey’s film locations saunter over to this charming blog My French Life for inspiration. πŸ™‚

6) Two bridges over the Seine River in Paris are covered in ‘love locks’. Pont de Arts and Pont de l’Archeveche. Buy a padlock from rue de Rivoli , write your names on the padlock, lock it onto one of the bridges and throw away the key. Your love is now eternal! The river bed must be carpeted with keys.

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Love Lock ❀

7) Browse the fabulous antiques, art and flea markets for that perfect book, print or trinket.
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8) If you are feeling brave why not delve into the shadowy world of vampires. Le Musee des Vampires is a small private museum on the outskirts of Paris dedicated to Vampires and the undead. I myself may just be to scared. By private appointment only.

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Vampire Museum ( picture found on the cool stuff to do in Paris website.

9) I would quite like to wander round the Pere Lachaise Cemetery however ~ a vast acreage of ornate statues and elaborate mausoleums dedicated to many famous names. Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Sarah Bernart and the french novelist Colette to name but a few. The most visited grave is that of The Doors frontman Jim Morrison apparently.

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statue at Pere Lachaise. ( Picture by Christopher Levy)

The cemetery is home to a multitude of cats ( they are fed by people who live near by ) and it is said that the flowers on the grave of Colette ( a noted cat lover) are replaced regularly by her feline admirers ,come night fall……

10) And of course in Paris it would be wonderful to stay in a chic Parisienne apartment. I have noticed that a few bloggers I read have used Airbnb which is a website where people advertise rooms and also whole apartments relatively inexpensively. I may have to try them out !

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Parisienne Apartment. πŸ™‚

I hope you have enjoyed my bucket list. Have you been to any of the places featured ? Where do you love to go in Paris?

* note ~ none of the beautiful pictures in this post are my own. They are pinned off pins off pins on Pinterest and it was hard to find all there sources.

Passport Tales.

Well Dear Passport, its time to trade you in for a shiny new one. Its ten years since I went to the post office and battled with the photo booth for a semi decent passport pic. Ten years since I treated myself to a lime green soft leather passport holder adorned with cities of the world I hoped to visit. I know it will be ten years in August this year because ten years ago in August 2004 I was one of those silly people who found out their then passport was out of date………..at the airport!  Oh the horror, the shame!  I was there in the queaue with three of my best  friends ( we had organized a girls week away in sunny Turkey)  and I was pulled away to one side and gently told I couldn’t board the plane, my passport was out of date by nearly a year. A whole year! 😦  I pleaded it must be a mistake ~ I had only got the offending item six years earlier when I had changed my surname.  It turned out I had presumed when they had updated my name they had automatically given me a full ten years on my new passport. They hadn’t. They had only given me the time I had left on my old one. Off course I should have checked. I should have double checked! My friends jetted off to Bodrum and I made the tearful journey by taxi from Manchester Airport  back to Costa del Clitheroe. The ground could have swallowed me up whole.:(((

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Of course since then I have always been extra vigilent with my passport date checking. My non holiday adventure became the cautionary tale everyone I knew  checked their passports by.  I got a nice new passport in a nice new passport holder and I’ve  even  actually managed to get further than the airport on several occasions. Thank goodness!

Although I have not managed to visit most of the destinations on the cover, In the last ten years I have seen the Berlin Wall, visited the ruins of Pompei, holidayed in Spain with the girls, star spotted in Cannes, covered my ears at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, whale watched in Canada, stayed in a riad in Marakeche and admired ‘The Scream’ in Oslo. Think I’ve made up for my ‘non holiday’ a little bit…

Inside the Reichstag, Berlin.
Inside the Reichstag, Berlin.
Giant Transformer 'Bumblebee' in Cannes.
Giant Transformer ‘Bumblebee’ in Cannes.
Icecream in Amalfi, Italy
Icecream in Amalfi, Italy
Enjoying the sunset, Vancouver Island, Canada
Enjoying the sunset, Vancouver Island, Canada
Beautiful Essaouira, Morocco.
Beautiful Essaouira, Morocco.
Tropical gardens, Eze, South of France.
Tropical gardens, Eze, South of France.

So now I had better get my new passport sorted. We have just recently booked a much anticipated ( By Me!) short break in Iceland for October and we are hoping to go to France this summer. I still haven’t got round to booking anything to Turkey yet though……….

Have you ever had any passport disasters? Just so I know i’m not the only one out there. πŸ˜‰

Chick Flick Classics ~~ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

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” I just love finding new places to wear diamonds “ is a memorable line in the 1950’s Musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes that I rented recently. It stars Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe as showgirl best pals Dorothy and Lorelei, en route to a job in Paris , aboard a transatlantic cruise liner. Lorelei ( a captivating Marilyn Monroe) is engaged to a dopey millionaire whose disaproving father hires a private detective to check up on her on the journey. Dorothy ( a dazzling Jane Russell) who doesn’t care about bagging herself a rich heir, enjoys the attentions of the Olympic Swimming team who are also travelling!

Lorelei tries on a diamond tiara.
Lorelei tries on a diamond tiara.
Whose going to take me out on a date??
Whose going to take me out on a date??

Lorelei soon becomes impressed with the wealth of married diamond merchant ‘Piggy’ ( Charles Coburn) whose wife lets her try on a sparkling diamond tiara. Meanwhile the private detective Mallone ( Elliot Reid ) befriends Dorothy in the hope of finding out any dirt on Lorelei. Dorothy proves herself a loyal friend but he still manage’s to photograph Lorelei and the diamond tycoon in a compromising position Piggy ~ demonstrating on Lorelei how a python squeezes a goat.Ho Ho.

Lorelei and Dorothy looking very glam.
Lorelei and Dorothy looking very glam.

Mallone thinks he may be falling in love with Dorothy but the two girls feeling hoodwinked manage to trick him into giving them the film. Lorelei passes it on to Piggy, who very much grateful and relieved gives her his wife’s diamond tiara as a reward. Dorothy who was growing fond of Mallone too, before he revealed himself to be a private detective vows herself off men and the two best pals arrive in Paris.

Don't we look French in our berets !
Don’t we look French in our berets !
Diamonds are a girls best friend.
Diamonds are a girls best friend.

Fun and frolics follow in France as Lorelei is accused of stealing a certain diamond tiara and all the men folk hotly pursue them. Will love find Dorothy? Will Lorelei’s penchant for diamonds continue?
You will have to watch this gem of a glorious tecnicolor musical comedy to find out….if only to watch Marilyns iconic rendition of ‘Diamonds are a girls best friend’.
I loved this film.Can’t believe I’ve never seen it before now!

Whats your favorite Marilyn film?

Thirteen year old me…

1987 was the year I spent most of aged 13. I was a shy and awkward teenager.Short with the worlds most horrendous hair cut ( sorry I am not going to put a photo up ~ it looks like a mullet!) and to make matters worse I had to wear a brace on my teeth…..and I had fangs. So you see I looked like a boyish midget vampire.I was not exactly photogenic! Though maybe I could have been cast in The Lost Boys.lol.x

I grew up on a farm. As a child this was idyllic and I have very happy memories. As a teenager I spent most of my time pining for escape. My friends lived in a nearby town ( which didn’t seem nearby to my 13 year old self, there being no buses.) and as I recall I spent a lot of my time on the phone to them.Our telephone was in the farm house pantry.Yes if you wanted to chat to friends you had to sit on a cold stone slab , surrounded by pickled eggs and slabs of meat.If it was put there to keep our calls short, It didn’t work. My sis and I would brave the chill and chat endlessly to our friends on that old fashioned avocado green rotary phone.

Being farmers daughters we grew very attached to the animals.Probably to attached. With our cousins who lived next door we would hide kittens and pups from our dads and granddad, whose idea of controlling the ever increasing population was to drown them in the water troughs in the yard.:( At 13 I was desperately trying to find homes for the endless supplies of baby animals among’st my school friends.It didn’t occur to Granddad especially, that simple operations at the vets would solve the problem. Farmers are very frugal ( tight arses! ) with their money.

At 13 I went abroad for the first time .Ok it was only the second year trip to Le touquet in Northern France.But it was somewhere totally different to our camping holidays in Scotland. Happy memories of ordering crepes au chocolat in cafe’s, playing french cricket,sipping orangina,rides in a french fun fair and shopping for our own food in a gigantic hypermarche. These were all new experiences for a country bumpkin like me! Photo’s I still have from the trip show me wearing pink ski pants, a reversible mickey mouse sweater and a denim jacket.Was that actually the fashion back in 1987?

Did I have any luck with boys aged 13?? Well that is a resounding no! I did have a big crush on a boy two years above me at school which lasted until he left in the fifth year. Lunch breaks were spent strolling arm in arm with my mates round the perimeter of the school. We always strolled the opposite way to him and his group of friends so we could accidently on purpose bump into them. I was much to shy to speak when my so called friends would push me into him and laugh and run away. Sigh. The highlight of our ‘non relationship’ was when he asked me if he could borrow my calculator for a maths exam……and he had to write his initials inside the cover in liquid paper. Swoon.

I think my other crush was Rick Astley.( Cheezy!) ‘Never Gonna Give You UP’ was a massive number one hit that year you know. πŸ™‚

Yes at 13 I admit I was in love with Mr Astley. lol :)
Yes at 13 I admit I was in love with Mr Astley. lol πŸ™‚

What were you like at 13?

This post represents day 22 in the #BEDM challenge.

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚ 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.