Getting from the downtown Nice to Cannes can be surprisingly difficult. There are direct buses from the airport for EU20 each but from downtown it can get expensive and, of course, a lot of the "local" buses do not allow baggage to be taken on-board. We decided to do taxi-train-taxi. The taxi-driver wanted EU25 to take us to the station but we got him down to EU20 (this is about a EU10 ride but it seems all of taxis charge the same). On the way, and he had to be quick, he told us the train fare would be EU20 each so for just EU85 he would drive us to all the way to Cannes. We thought the train was about EU5.00 and it turned out to be EU6.10. A good if crowded 1 hour ride, a EU10 taxi (a longer ride than Nice) at the Cannes end and we were in our new apartment which is in the old part of town called Le Suquet
When we had originally tried to book this apartment, the owner said our dates clashed with the Cannes Film Festival, so of course, we changed them. What I hadn't realised was that the Festival would still be on when we arrived. Anyway we had a fun Saturday evening wandering amongst the tens of thousands of people who were trying to get a glimpse of their favourite stars - I think we saw Catherine Deneuve!
We decided to change the pace on Sunday, so jumped on a small ferry that took us across the the Iles de Lerins, Ile Saint Marguerite (EU11.50 each return for a 15 minute. Unfortunately another "don't bother" - there is difficult access to very rocky swimming areas on the north side and on the south, the water is pretty grubby due to all of the private boats that come over for the weekend. The big annoyance is a stupid regeneration programme that means on a fairly flat island of about 3km by 1km, probably 50% of the time you walk around the coastal path you cannot see the water - great thinking planners
Monday morning saw a search for some sort of broadband connection. Cannes is very good at extortionate restaurants prices (all serving the same dishes) but seems unaware the wi-fi is pretty much a standard requirement these days. We eventually found a cafe that had wi-fi and then walked the length of La Croisette and back (about 5km). And then an afternoon swim; the water was still cold but by then the heatwave and fully kicked in and we were happy to have some relief from the 30C heat (and no breeze). Late evening we strolled up the the Castle Square to look out across the bay in the failing light
Tuesday we thought a trip to Antibes to the Picasso Museum sounded good. Our bus fare was the usual EU1 each way but during the ride we found out that you can actually travel all the way from Cannes to Monaco on that EU1 ticket
Antibes is a really nice, small town and although Picasso is not one of my favourites, the setting in the former Grimaldi Place is outstanding as is the sculpture terrace overlooking the Med. The EU6 price is a bit high if you're not that keen on him