Day 47 Cannes France
Today we had to catch the ship’s tenders to take us to shore as the sea is not deep enough to dock close to land. Going in was good but it was quite rough as we came along side our ship on the return journey. One of the passengers fell over as the tender heaved and I was told to wait to get off until the waves pushed the tender up. Cannes is in France so we have been in two different countries in two days, but Bill and I always feel very comfortable in France, perhaps because we can understand a little of the language. We took Le Petit Train around Cannes. This took us through the glitzy modern section where we saw the plush hotels such as the Carlton where people like Princess Diana and Grace Kelly have stayed. We saw the Palais des Festivals where they hold the International Film Festival each year. The red carpet was still out for us. We also went to La Croisette where we saw Palm Beach Casino built in the 1930’s and frequented by many old film stars. Gold Finger was made in this area and I expected to have to get out of the way of James Bond’s fast car at any moment. The petit train also took us up the hill to the older section of Cannes, Le Vieux Cannes du Suquet. Suquet means summit in the provincial dialect. We saw the Notre de l’ Espérance church on the top of the hill where Bill lit a candle in memory of Joan. We had lunch in the old section of Cannes where the restaurant was very French and very small. The waitress had a smattering of English and with our smattering of French we gleaned that her sister had married an Australian and was living in Melbourne. We had the set menu for 16 euro per person. It was an enormous meal with large serves. Tom thought his entrée was the total meal and was very satisfied. He got a shock to realize that there were two more courses to come. Our friendly waitress then gave us all a complementary glass of Orange liquor, which is a specialty of the region. Maybe this is why both of us had a two - hour sleep when we returned to the ship. Bill had a dream that we had missed the ship and had to make arrangements to get to the next port. Maybe he heard the anchor being raised in his sub conscious. Tonight we set sail for Barcelona and yet another country. (Barbara) My comments on Cannes appear in the text on the photos below. I am now watching the second half of the Germany vs Spain World Cup semi-final. We want Spain to win so that the country will be in a good mood when we arrive tomorrow in Barcelona.(Bill) PS Spain 1-0. Yes!!