Port of Call – Cannes, France & Ajaccio, Corsica

Sam Cruise, Europe, Travel 2 Comments

Arriving in Cannes in the French Riviera, most recognized for its annual film festival that started in the early 1930s.

The Mariner of the Seas could not dock directly so water taxis transferred all the guests to/from the city to the ship.

We spent a couple of hours wandering through the narrow passages in the old town with a basic map taken from the information booth.

The Cannes Harbor, it is a popular resort destination for the rich and famous. The harbour is lined with luxurious sail boats.

Taking a break in a café and enjoy a morning coffee.

Around noon the excursion took us about an hour away to Galimard Perfume Factory in Grasse, the world’s perfume capital.

A guide took us on a tour around the factory and the steps in creating a perfume. Quite a convoluted process from ideation to products on shelves!

The ‘organ’ for the nose, someone who can identify over 2,000 scents, to play with the scents and mix new fragrances.

Saint-Paul de Vence is one of the oldest medieval towns (dated from 11th century) in the French Riviera.

The medieval fortified village was packed with tourists. However, turning away from the busy main streets we were able to find some quiet spots and appreciate the beautiful details.

But then we got lost and had to run to catch up to the bus! So don’t deviate too far from the main street…

The next day we arrived in Ajaccio, the capital city of Corsica and the birthplace to Emperor Napoleon.

Near Ajaccio are many sandy beaches so we packed our bathing suits and sunscreen!

In the afternoon we explored the city, which is built along the slope of the hill.

Apparently there are some amazing hiking/biking trails across the island, makes me want to go back!

Back on board! Till next time!

SamPort of Call – Cannes, France & Ajaccio, Corsica

Comments 2

  1. Tim Garvey

    Great photos, as usual — liked the one of you and Carmen — made me wish to travel there myself — SOON!

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