Cannes is a stylish seaside metropolis that originated as a small fishing village sometime around 42BC. Over time wealthy travelers and aristocrats fell in love with its stunning locale and mild winter temperatures. Today it is a bustling Mecca of chic boutiques, luxury hotels and The International Film Festival. I found the easiest way to jet around the French Rivera was via raileurope.com. Trains from Nice to Cannes ran every 30 minutes and were an hour round trip. Upon arrival to Cannes from Nice we headed immediately for Boulevard de la Croisette where a hat, sunscreen and a fun floral summer dress was definitely a prerequisite. Along this gorgeous coastal promenade we spotted the Carlton Hotel, the central location for the Alfred Hitchcock movie “To catch a Thief” starring Grace Kelly and the go-to place if you ever have the pleasure of attending the Cannes Film festival. We found the most gorgeous photo op locale at the Pointe de la Croisette (Yachts galore) and then made our way back in search of the Musée de la Castre (11C castle built by the Lérins monks to guard the harbor). The food scene in Cannes was quite impressive, we grabbed lunch at Le Voilier (61 La Croisette) and ordered the Plat du jour (best tuna steaks I’ve ever had) and of course the mandatory glass of Champagne (after all you are in the French Riviera) and dessert. On our way up to the Musée de la Castre (the trek up the hill is treacherous so comfy shoes are essential), we encountered the charming Rue Meynadier, bordered by local specialty shops and beautiful 18C doorways. Once you get to the top you’ll quickly forget about your third degree blisters and bask in the most amazing panoramic views of La Croisette, Îles de Lérins and the Esterel hills. Overall, Cannes was exceptionally easy to navigate, friendly and breathtakingly beautiful. Everyone speaks the universal language of Rosé and Champagne and the town’s love affair with the rich and famous was clearly palpable.