Curmudgeon Travel Companion – Cannes

Arriving at Cannes from Aeroport de Good

On a visit to Cannes, most likely you can be flying into A’roport de Good, and will need to get to Cannes. Your own Humble Curmudgeon offers several options.

From A’roport de Nice to Cannes for One Euro! The best bargain you will discover on this trip is the #200 tour bus which runs every 15 minutes between A’roport de Nice and Cannes, Monday through Saturday.

It makes a stop in Terminal 1, except for the last two buses–which depart from the airport at 9pm and 10pm respectively–which take a look at both Terminal 1 and Airport terminal 2 .

Yes! The cost is only one euro! The bus ride can be approximately 65 minutes. Not too bad, considering its stops at nearly every bus stop along the way The tour bus is fitted for carry on baggage, and because of their frequency they are seldom overcrowded.

Taxis
are the most obvious choice. They have several distinct advantages. You are going to load and unload your baggage only once. And, the taxi can get you directly to your hotel. For those traveling in groups of two or three, the expense of approximately 70 (approximately US$93) could be spread over several persons..

Shuttle buses run from 8am in order to 8pm from the west end of Terminal 1 . (Terminal 1 acts flights originating outside of France. ) ATM machines are available if you need euros.

If you are flying from within France, take those free airport shuttle from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 . Purchase your ticket (? 12 one particular way) at the ticket office just outside the terminal.

Alternatives. Traveling solely and its too late for the bus and you are too miserly for a taxi? (Sounds like YHC himself! ) There are several alternatives.

You can pay 18 (approximately US$29) and take the #99 bus to the Nice Ville train station, and connect with the local train to Cannes.

Even cheaper is to take a taxi cab to the nearby Nice St . Augustin station (last train approximately eleven: 30pm) and take the local train to Cannes.

SIM CHIPS TO GET MOBILE PHONES

Non-European travelers pay a lot of money for cell phone calls when they use their very own cell phones. Your Humble Curmudgeon recommends pre-paid SIM cards that can be bought in France and placed into the own mobile phone.

There are various services. But , I have found SFR (a subsidiary of Vodafone) to serve me very well for seven years.

There is an workplace near the Palais at 22 repent D’Antibes. You can buy a SIM card for approximately 38. 50 (about US$61. 25) and hours of local use for 25 more euros. (No charge for incoming calls. )

Also, as long as you use the phone at least once every seven months, you keep the quantity. YHC has had his for over 7 years.

Unlock your mobile phone before you leave home! For Americans, Australians and people from certain other countries to make use of new SIM cards in their own mobiles, they must contact their phone system provider in the US to “unlock” their cell phones–and this should be achieved at least ten days before heading in France.

Otherwise, the phone gets disabled as soon as a SIM card is definitely put into the phone.

Alternatives to pre-paid sim cards are limited. To get a cell phone on a regular plan needs a major credit card. Easy enough. But , the credit card must be issued by a French bank, and monies subtracted from a French bank account. How many people have one of those?

Cellhire. Make your own judgment as to whether the rates are usually competitive with pre-paid SIM credit cards. (www.cellhire.com) But , remember to get that phone back to Cellhire as soon as you return home, as you are charged by the day whether you use it or not.

WIRELESS INTERNET

You will find it very expensive to operate your own Blackberry or iPod in France. Your company or client may really feel such expense is justified by immediacy of access that such devices allow.

Others have enough access to the internet at their hotels and their particular business location in Cannes (e. g. stand, booth or accommodation cum office, etc . ) that will their needs are met.

But , for those with notebook computers who lack sufficient access to wi-fi or DSL, there is an acceptable–but by no means a bargain–alternative. SFR offers a wireless service where one can purchase a flash drive (35) which usually combined with a sim chip (another? 35) will allow you to access the internet via mobile wireless networks–not wi-fi–for 3 hours. Additional time will cost? 9 daily. (There are no weekly or even monthly rates, unfortunately. )

The price is no bargain. But , YHC bought coupons for those days when this individual knew that free wi-fi may be unavailable, and it worked for him on buses and trains anywhere that normal cell phone coverage existed.

WI-FI at the Palais des Festivals. For several years, SFR controlled the wi fi franchise at the Palais. Via Complete now does a good job for a very reasonable price.? 15 per day. forty for three days. 60 for 5 days. visit http://www.viapass.com/ for more information. They likewise have a small booth in the bunker on the Palais during events such as MIP, MIPCOM and Marche’ du Film.

Free Wi-Fi options are restricted. YHC has accessed the free of charge Wi-Fi by sitting outside of meeting rooms at the Hotel Carlton. They have also had success in the lobby of the Hotel Univers at 2, rue du Mar’chal Foch–just from rue D’Antibes.

Inexpensive Dining and Gifts

DINING. One would not characterize Your Humble Curmudgeon as cheap. He always picks up the tab wherever one orders standing up and uses plastic flatware.

Nonetheless, YHC is hesitant to eat anywhere between repent D’Antibes and Le Croissette unless it is on someone else’s tab. The particular restaurants are pricey. And, just like anywhere that serves a largely tourist clientele, they don? capital t care whether they see you again–as lengthy as you pay the bill. Assistance standards tend to be substandard.

By all means, visit this alluring area if you are looking to impress a client.

But , if you are venturing out alone or are along with friends reeling from dealing with the tr’s cher euro, you will find among either side of rue D’Antibes and the train station are a number of inexpensive restaurants providing locals with good food and attentive service at reasonable prices.

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Le Bistrot des Artisans. 67 bd Republique. Perhaps, it is an error to start a presentation on high quality, low cost dining with an exception. But , while Le Bistrot des Artisans is of highest quality, it probably goes in the mid-price range. The cafe is a ten minute walk from where bd Republique begins around the north side of Rue D’Antibes near the traffic circle at the opposite end from the Palais.

This cafe is most celebrated for its buffet, which can be supplemented by entrees ordered from the menu. Is an excellent means of presenting friends and clients to local favorites, ranging from pat’s to vegetarian specialities. Great atmosphere. The proprietors Freddy and Camelia are local treasures.

Le Splendid is conveniently located at Place du Gare, across from the train station. Is a big place, so the odds are generally great that you will get a table right away. The daily specials are fresh plus inexpensive. The pizza is good. YHC thinks that it is a great place to drop in for a quick glass of wine when waiting for the next train house to Antibes.

Le Pacifique. 13 rue Venizelos, Reasonable prices. The particular Menu du Jour is innovative and appealing. Chez Margot repent H’l’ne Vagliano. Good portions. Mindful service. A good spot for the starving and impatient.

Bistrot Casanova.
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4 bis Rue Hoche. Pizza and pasta. Not the best service. But , with Fischer Blond on faucet, is an appealing spot along the migratory route to good times elsewhere.

New Monte-carlo. 15 rue 24 A”ut. Unpretentious. Fresh food. Good value. Perhaps, the favourite of YHC. Valentino. 14, rue Mimont. Just on the other side of the lobby running under the train station. Good lasagna and good service. But , do not make the error of YHC mistaking andouette (a noxious sausage made from pig extraneities) for the ever-appealing andouille hot sausage.

LOCAL SPECIALTIES. Yeah, Salade Nicoise comes from Nice. However those wanting to indulge less international local specialties will find three easy splendors.

Socca is a pure’ associated with chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and spices fried in a large skillet or on a grill.
PissaladiSre is basically a ragu of anchovy insert, onions, olives and spices slathered on a bread base and baked at a lower temperature than a pizza. More an appetizer than a major course. Its origins go back almost a millennium.

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