The real reason I have been in Europe, particularly in Paris, is because I am studying abroad for the semester! Surprise! Everything has been happening so quick. One minute my semester in NY ended, the next I'm working full time during my summer internship, and now I'm living in Europe fulfilling my dreams of being a temporary Parisian world traveler.
The way my class schedule is set up is fantastic because it gives us Friday off, turning the weekend conveniently into a 3-day one. This is perfect to take advantage and go on weekend trips to nearby cities/countries. You know me, taking advantage of every opportunity I can get is my specialty, so I was definitely going to be out and about each weekend. The first weekend after class had started, I decided to hit the South of France since it was early September and I didn't want to wait long before the temperature began to drop.
La Cote d'Azur has been on my bucket list for years and my first stop in the French Riviera was Cannes - The city most known for it's international film festival. Once in Cannes after a flight to Marseilles and a couple of buses/trains later, our day kicked off with the beach. Cannes is such small town everything is literally walking distance and our hotel - although not on Boulevard de La Croisette - was a quick 5 minute walk from the beach. Near the water there are tons of bougie private lounge areas where you can pay for beach chairs and umbrellas or grab a bite to eat. Naturally, us college students opted for the free public option and simply laid down on our towels in the sand instead.
Cannes' iconic Boulevard de La Croisette is great to meander and soak in the luxury of your surroundings. It was like a classier version of Ocean Drive in Miami filled with expensive cars, attractive people, high end shops, and of course hotels. After some aimless walking and staring at the things I wish I could own, we walked by the Port de Cannes to look at the yachts and water. The view was really nice and granted I had to take pictures by the rocks. Shout out to my friend Valerie Belizaire for the shots.
Hope you guys enjoyed reading this first part out of 3 of my South of France adventure! I also visited Nice & Monaco so i'll be making a post about that as well soon.
Till next time!