Cannes & Nice, France (French Riviera)

Winter on the French Riviera, you would think it would be quiet, right?The temperatures aren't sizzling, there are no beautiful women sunbathing topless on the beach, but that doesn't mean things don't heat's February and that means Carnival! Samantha Brown heads to the south of France just in time to be a part of this yearly celebration. Her first stop is Cannes, France - a fantasy place with a glamorous and international lifestyle - and known throughout the world for its annual film festival. Samantha gets in inside look from a local photographer whose family has been snapping the pictures of"A-List" movie stars for generations. Besides the glamorous hotels and chic cafes that line Cannes' main boulevard, La Croisette, this coastal city also has two attractive islands - in the summer months thousands of visitors escape to these natural settings, but back in medieval times it was an island that many tried to escape from - it housed a state prison, and a very famous inmate - the Man in the Iron Mask! From Cannes, Samantha heads to Nice - France's 5th largest city and one which is grounded with a rich and authentic character. Samantha gets a taste of local culture by strolling through its quaint neighborhoods in Old Town, discovering its popular outdoor markets and sampling a favorite snack - socca!Nice's landmark boulevard is Promenade des Anglais - and if you've ever been to Miami's South Beach, then this is the French equivalent. But the highlight of her stay on the French Riviera is definitely - Carnival! Overrun with dancers, musicians, balloons, and carnival floats - some form of this colorful celebration has been going on in Nice for over a hundred years.Cannes and Nice are two very different destinations along the French Riviera -both experiences are valuable to a traveler visiting an area immensely diversified where art, history, food and wine mix together in the luxurious climate of the south of France.

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