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Beautiful Abbaye de Lerins                http://www.abbayedelerins.com

My favourite things to do on Ile St Honorat

Visit Ile St Honnorat.  If you are staying anywhere near Cannes on the Cote d’Azur, I recommend a visit to Ile St Honorat.  Spend a day on this peaceful and beautiful island and you will have very special day.

Firstly, you have to get there and ferries run from the port of Cannes every hour on the hour in summer time and the trip is very short,just 15 minutes.  You can of course hire your own boat and moor off shore or in a tiny harbour on the island.  The waters between the two Iles de Lerin are really popular with yachts and there is a veritable traffic jam in the summer months as people all enjoy the crystal clear sea water and beautiful environment.

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The water between the two Iles Lerins is always popular in summer!

I like to take a stroll round the island taking a peek at the immaculate vineyards, growing a variety of grapes which are then turned into delicious wine by the monks living on the island.  The plants and flowers are wonderful and a lot of work must go into making everything look so perfect.

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Perfectly tended vineyards

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Lavender growing on the island

The olives from the trees, grapes from vines and lavender growing in the gardens are turned into wonderful products by the monks and you can buy these online if you aren’t lucky enough to visit the island.  The quality is superb and I recommend them all! http://www.excellencedelerins.com

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I adore the feeling of peace and tranquility on the island, as soon as I step ashore all stress seems to  miraculously vanish.  There is a very special atmosphere here, after Saint Honoratus founded a monestery in the year 410 and 16 centuries of monastic life on the island interrupted here and there.  The Cistercian monks have lived and worked on the island and living a life of prayer in the Abbaye since 1869.

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Dogs are welcome on the island, Freddie and Zarya enjoyed their day out.

After a walk, visit the Abbaye which is absolutely stunning with the most beautiful gardens.  I can’t honestly say I have ever considered becoming a monk but a visit to Ile St Honnarat makes me think that it is a very wonderful way of life.

IMG_3019-2The Abbaye organises retreats for people to go and stay on the island, which must be a perfect place for contemplation.

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Every plant is beautiful here

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A short stroll away teetering on the sea edge is a 15th century fortified monastery which you can also visit. Don’t forget to pop into the shop by the Abbaye and buy some products made on the island by the monks, including honey and olive oil.

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Then Time for lunch at Le Tonnelle Restaurant a short 5 minute stroll away.  The food is delicious, as is the wine.  The island and the restaurant allow dogs, so Freddie and Zarya were able to come along and enjoy the day too.

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You can buy some wine to take home at a pretty shop right by the restaurant.

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After lunch, time for a little nap and swim in one of the pretty coves that you find dotted around the island so don’t forget to pack your swimwear.

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Beautiful little coves for swimming

 

You can wear a swimsuit for a little swim but dress respectfully everywhere on the island and don’t wander around scantily clad.

After a reviving cup of tea back at Le Tonnelle restaurant, head back to Cannes on the ferry.  The end of a perfect day!

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The view on the boat ride home to Cannes at the end of a lovely day!

Practical Info:

Ferry information: http://www.trans-cote-azur.com   Abbey: http://www.abbayedelerins.com  Restaurant La Tonnelle (reservation recommended: http://www.tonnelle-abbayedelerins.fr

 

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L Raphael Beauty Spa Martinez Hotel Cannes

How about a wonderful morning at L Raphael Beauty Spa in the fabulous Martinez Hotel in Cannes? Well, who could resist!  I experienced a very effective treatment called Oxy-Peel Anti-Age Treatment.  I am now Red Carpet ready for my busy week at Cannes Film Festival 2017 with the help of L Raphael revolutionary technology and advanced anti ageing skincare products.

L Raphael Beauty Spa Treatments

The treatment lasted over an hour and was so relaxing in a super luxe treatment room with dimmed lights to make me relax and is a multi step treatment using oxygen as well as L Raphael complex LEC-40 to rejuvenate my skin and reverse the visible signs of ageing.

LEFT: After my treatment and hair styling and RIGHT: My Treatment session

The results of my Anti-Age treatment were immediately visible and I’ms sure my skin looked refreshed, smooth and visibly younger!  Infact, I was so pleased that I am seriously considering going to Geneva to L Raphael Geneva to investigate the full 4D Soft Facelift Treatment!

4D Soft Facelift combines 4 different treatments to lift and rejuvenate the skin with an exclusive non-invasive treatment.

The Cannes Film Festival is an action packed couple of weeks, hectic and busy with lots of parties, films, events and crowds!  It was wonderful to enter the peaceful haven of L Raphael and experience the luxury Spa.  I was lucky enough to have a hairstyling with Patrick Nicolieri, who was such a professional and gave me very helpful advice about my hair.

Thank you L Raphael Beauty Spa for a wonderful day and I will be back!

The Grand Hyatt Martinez Hotel Cannes is a magnet for Film Festival crowds, with movie fans waiting for a glimpse of their favourite movie stars as they leave the hotel!  I was greeted by hundreds of people outside the hotel waiting to see their favourite move stars.

Photo: The crowds of Film Fans waiting outside Martinez Hotel, Cannes

Useful information:

Website: http://www.l-raphael.com Telephone: +33 (0)492987490 email: cannes@l-raphael.com

Grand Hyatt Martinez Hotel Cannes http://www.cannesmartinez.com

Photo:  Cannes Film Festival 2017

Have you visited Cannes Film Festival? No, well, it is great fun and well worth a visit.  I find it is like entering a parallel universe for a few days!  It is super busy, the town packed with film crews, movie executives, directors, actors and everyone you can possibly think working in the film industry.  Throw, hundreds of film enthusiasts into the mix and it is jam packed.

If you don’t work in the film industry, you will feel a little bit like Alice in Wonderland when she falls down the rabbit hole!  The film industry is all consuming for those connected with the industry and the whole point of a film festival is to sell your film! Everywhere you go people are doing deals, discussing movies and it is all quite extraordinary.

Photo: Crowds waiting outside Martinez Hotel Cannes for movie stars

I thoroughly enjoyed my time and fun events ranging from a fabulous face treatment at L Raphael Luxury Spa at the Martinez hotel to watching movies, parties and even a private viewing in a gorgeous villa.  I always enjoy meeting young and enthusiastic professionals and so it was a delight to meet the Film Director J P Mandarino and star, Drew Lipson of the new movie The Kaos Brief.  

Photo: JP Mandarino, Drew Lipson and me

They kindly invited me to their gorgeous villa in Cannes and were the best fun.  We enjoyed a private viewing of the movie and a lovely chat afterwards.  The film is and exciting SciFi/horror movie and you will be drawn into the plot and be left wanting more when the movie ends! The young star, Drew Lipson is surely one to watch for the future and I look forward to seeing him in more movies soon.  Handsome and talented, always a great combination.

Photo: Director and Star of The Kaos Brief

This is Drew’s first lead role in a movie and his first time in Cannes.  He was delighted to be “living the dream!”, he told us that the small cast of 4 major characters lived together during filming.  The film took only 2 weeks to make and the cast were firm friends by the end of the movie.

The Kaos Brief is available for worldwide distribution.  JP Mandarin is looking for funding for his next two projects. http://www.thekaosbrief.com

Video: The Kaos Brief

Snippet from Drew Jepson interview

Tips for Cannes Film Festival:

A few tips for you, if you plan to attend next year.

  • The big stars do not stay in Cannes.  The ones who don’t want or need the publicity stay in Monaco.
  • Go early, security really hots up going into hotels etc after Saturday so go for the first few days.
  • Make sure people know you plan to attend and you will receive invitations to screenings, use the cannes hashtags on social media.

Prices shoot up in Cannes so it is a good idea to stay nearby rather than pay inflated price, unless you want to be immersed in the experience totally and pay for it!

Photo: Freddie and me enjoying drinks at The Carlton Hotel Cannes during the Festival

Contact: http:jpmandarino.com

 

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