Night view at the Hyatt
I am leaving France and spending my last night in the beautiful Nice Hyatt Hotel Palais de la Méditerranée. It is almost midnight in Nice and I am packing to head back to the US in the morning.
Chefs at Jöel Robuchon in Monte Carlo
It has been an incredible trip to southern France from start to finish. Four cities (Cannes, Monte Carlo, Menton and Nice) and three different hotels (Mondial in Cannes, Fairmont in Monte Carlo and Hyatt Palais de la Méditerranée in Nice) with dinners at three Michelin rated restaurants (La Palme d’Or, Park 45 and Jöel Robuchon) to boot!
Christmas market in Cannes
I have had my fill of excellent cuisine and fine pastries and dined with some old and new friends. Christmas markets galore delighted me in each city and the decorations were to die for!
Siamese cat on my balcony
I will miss France and the Côte d’Azur sunshine, but most of all I will miss the people who have been so kind to me along the way, from tour guides, hoteliers and chefs, to fellow bloggers and one Siamese cat.
Japanese representative at the ILTM
My time was well spent at the International Luxury Travel Market – amazing things are happening in bustling cities and far away places around the world that I learned about on this press trip. I can’t wait to visit them all…and share them with you.
What a treat to cook with the first female pastry chef at the Fairmont Monte Carlo in Monaco – here’s a photo of the final products hot off the presses! I have not even tasted them yet. I am at a table now waiting for Chef Claire to clean up while I download the photos. Look for a deconstruction of the pastries I learned how to make soon. In the meantime, make your reservations to come and stay at the Fairmont and enjoy the best pastries in southern France. I may or many not be your assistant pastry chef after today. Is there a job opening Chef Claire?
Chef Claire Verneil et moi on the pool deck of the Fairmont in Monaco
The International Luxury Travel Market has kept me very busy with press briefings and breaking news from the world of luxury travel, however, I did take some time during the lunch break Tuesday to visit a few nearby landmarks and take in the local beauty while sightseeing in Cannes. Centuries old food recipes, charming pedestrian streets, spectacular views of the yachts in the harbor and iconic Cannes Film Festival murals were among the highlights of the walking tour from professional guide Karin Osmuk who works at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès – Cannes Visitor’s Bureau.
Ode to the Cannes Film Festival
The city of Cannes owes its notoriety around the world to the ingenious idea to host a unique film festival once a year which brings the best of the best from around the world in the film industry to this tiny little town in southern France. Artists pay homage to the festival with several large murals throughout the city. At the foot of Old Town, the entire front of the Gare des Autobus (bus station) is one such mural dedicated to the history of the festival itself. Actors, both real and animated, are depicted on the facade of the station from the early days of black and white film to more recent animated cartoons and feature films.
After 24+ hours of non-stop travel to Cannes, it seemed like a good idea to head out into the fresh air for a vigorous walk to get the lay of the land, verses taking a nap before my 6:00pm International Luxury Travel Market kickoff evening. The Tourism Office in Cannes provided a lovely tour guide, Karin for me today to enjoy the 20 minute boat ride out to Île Saint Honorat where the working Abbey remains today.
Downtown Monte Carlo
While attending the International Luxury Travel Market in Cannes, as part of the invited press, I will be doing some sightseeing, experiencing some one-of-a-kind activities and reviewing some of southern France’s best restaurants. Come along on my visit to Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo.
First Stop Cannes
Take off is from Houston, connecting in Dulles to Zurich with the final destination Cannes. After dropping my bags off at the four-star Hotel Mondial, I will make a beeline for the Tourism Office, Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes, to meet my guide for a quick overview tour of the city. After attending an official briefing about all things luxury at the Market, I will have the privilege of dining at La Palme d’Or, (2*Michelin) at Hotel Martinez. In addition to this fantastic culinary delight, another night I will dine at Le Park 45, (1* Michelin) located in the Grand Hotel on La Croisette.