Published: August 13th 2008August 6th 2008
Cannes feels sort of like Los Angeles ( California ) with palm trees, sandy beaches, and extravagant cars with a Newport Beach chaser of multi-million dollar yaughts. Being from California, I quickly realized how the Mediterranean has influenced everything Californian. I had noticed this first in Spain , but the influences are throughout the Med. The only thing clearly better in California is dance music, vegetarian food, and Mexican food. The French school Americans in just about everything else. The USA is also better for shopping selection, prices, and electronics choices.
People seem skinnier in Europe in general and everyone in France seems to speak a little English. You don’t need a car in Europe and sidewalk cafes and designer shops are much more charming than mall-living in most of the US , though you do see the café lifestyle now in many urban areas of the US .
Cannes, France: “Cannes (IPA: [kan], in Occitan Canas) is a city in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in southeastern France. It is one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera. It is a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film
Festival. The population was of 70,400 as of the 2007 census. Cannes is the home of numerous luxurious houses and mansions as well as many high-end gated communities. The city is also famous for its various luxury stores, fancy restaurants, and prestigious hotels.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannes
Mougins: Mougins is a beautiful place to visit on the Côte d'Azur , a pretty medieval village only a 15 minute drive from Cannes . The village is surrounded by forests, such as the Valmasque forest, enhancing the environment in the village. The pines, olives and cyprus trees in the village also add to the quality of the local environment, making the village popular with tourists in summer. Mougins is picturesque and charming, with beautiful French architecture carefully restored. This scenery, colour and light quality has attracted many artists and celebrities to the village, such as Picasso, Cocteau, Winston Churchill, Norodom Sihanouk and Christian Dior, as well as many others. Picasso spent the last 15 years of his life living in Mougins, and today the Museum of Photography in Mougins has an interesting permanent collection of photographic portraits of Picasso. The many studios and art galleries in Mougins make the village a relaxing place
to visit, with its relaxing atmosphere and scenery. The town has a large number of excellent gastronomic restaurants. Many are in the centre of the village, but some are elsewhere, including perhaps the most famous, the Moulin de Mougins. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mougins
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