Friday, January 27, 2012

Postcard From Cannes: A Red Carpet Memory

Photo Memory: Cannes Film Festival

Occasionally, I like to give a window into some of the other passions I enjoy.  And today's post highlights my inextricable love connection with food and travel--with a heavier emphasis on travel. 

With the American 'red carpet season' fully upon us, the memory of a truly special, personal red carpet moment resurfaced.  I was reminded of my very first travels to France some years ago, which included stays in Paris and the French Riviera (Cannes, Nice and Monte Carlo).  

As timing would have it, my arrival in Cannes happened on the last day of the Cannes Film Festival.  In fact, the timing was so perfect that I even witnessed a bit of the movie star convoys arriving before the formal festivities began.  It was as "up close and personal" as I had been to any such affair and set in beautiful Cannes, France only made it dreamier.  The above photo memory is a favorite, showcasing some of the energy of that grand evening.

I eventually left the scene to enjoy an exquisite dinner and live band dedication in celebration of a special occasion.  (Yes, food was a part of this special memory, but not the main attraction, admittedly.)  After a late finish, I headed back towards the previous red carpet scene to surprisingly find it totally abandoned.  The festival had ended--and with it the previous flurry of pomp and circumstance and celebrity and action.  Now all that remained was relative quiet--and that big, red carpet.  Having this possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to myself, I happily posed on the carpet for a couple of take-away shots and unforgettable memories. 

Although Nice turned out to be my favorite locale in the Riviera during my stay, and return trips to Paris keep it top-of-list for everything I love about French culture (food, fashion, art, architecture...), Cannes will always have a distinct soft spot in my heart for its unique coastal beauty, flair, cuisine, and oh yes, that red carpet.  

Thanks for allowing me to indulge and share here on DMRFF.

Happy Eating, Travels & Reminiscing!


  1. Ahhh! This just reminded me of my trip to Cannes last Spring. I can't wait to go back. One of my favorite memories was playing pétanque across the street from here just past the Casino Cannes Le Palm Beach. Great photo.

    1. Yes, I can't wait to go back either. Your special memory sounds wonderful, too! Ahhh!


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