We were fortunate enough to be invited to our friends Villa in Cannes. There is plenty to see and do other than spot A Listers.
La Croisette is one of the most iconic streets in France – it certainly dominates Cannes, running the length of the seafront for 1.6km (1mi). Dotted with designer boutiques, palm trees and casinos, it’s here that you’ll find the smartest hotels, many of which have their own private beaches. If you don’t mind paying for a sun lounger, you can enjoy waiter service on the beach as you look out over the Bay of Cannes – otherwise, pick one of the public benches lining La Croisette and turn your gaze the other way to watch the chic residents of Cannes strut around town.
In September, the Cannes Yachting Festival provides a chance to admire the latest boats and luxury yachts on sale. If you can’t afford the down payment on a vessel, don’t worry – put on your least crumpled clothes and play out your tycoon fantasies by visiting all the sleekest sailing machines. This is the place for shipbuilders to show off their grands designs, so the festival attracts an international crowd, with about 50 percent of the attendees coming from overseas. It takes place in two locations: Le Vieux Port (Old Port) and Port Pierre Canto.
The largest perfumeries in Grasse invite you within to create your own fragrance – L’Usine. I love Jasmin which was the base for the floral fragrance that I created – such fun