In line with this week’s opening of the world-famous Cannes Film Festival in the scenic city Cannes in the Southern end of France, this edition of Lomography Day Trips revolves around one of the most laid-back yet elegant (and not to mention, gorgeous) spots in the world: the French Riviera!
Côte d’Azur, more commonly known in the English-speaking world as the French Riviera, is name for the area along the southeast coastline of France extending through the sovereign state of Monaco and some parts of the Italian border. It is known as one of the prime resort areas in the world, and a favorite vacation spot among the aristocrats and the wealthy throughout history.
Among the more popular cities include Saint-Tropez, which is historically-known as the first town on the coast to be liberated during the Second World War, then rose to prominence as a summer hotspot for artists and thespians.
As previously mentioned, Cannes is the host city of the annual Cannes Film Festival. But aside from this obvious glitz and glamour, the city also boasts quite the charm with its busy waterfront and hospitable locals.
Nice is the largest and the most urban city along the Riviera and is home to France’s third-busiest airport.
The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city-state located in the French Riviera. And while it has arguably come into major worldwide attention upon the American actress Grace Kelly’s marriage to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, in 1956, Monaco boasts a more-than-robust growth in terms of development and power over the years.