There are many ‘stand-out’ moments in my blogging career, but nothing tops Cannes. What a place, utterly magical, bonkers and beautiful in equal measures. I was lucky to be invited by Nespresso to the Cannes Film Festival, to walk the red carpet and experience the glitz and glamour of this famous event.
Nespresso is one of the film festivals main sponsors, and during the two weeks of the festival it serves over 250,000 cups of coffee with cafe stands throughout the Palais des Festivals, for all the stall holders and film goers to grab a coffee in between films.
Our first day in we toured the streets of Cannes, away from the main beach area, there are expensive boutiques and small cafes. Just off the main plage, Nespresso have opened a brand new boutique in central Cannes, and it is quite possibly one of the most beautiful shops I’ve ever visited. Customers can use the ‘self service’ tills to buy their favourite capsules, or if they need to talk through flavours and coffee machines, then there are knowledgeable staff on hand to help.
Upstairs we discovered the cutest courtyard garden, with palms and coffee plants nestling around a cute seating area, where you can enjoy your cup of coffee in peace, whilst choosing your distinct grand cru. I could have stayed there for ages, a cool retreat from the heat of the med.
Our ‘base’ during the festival was a the beach, in the Plage, a beautiful event space for gorgeous dinners and entertainment. A pop-up restaurant created especially for the time of the festival, where we were treated to many a delicious meal, one of my festival highlights was the final meal cooked by Chef, Pierre Gagnaire. A gastronomic delight, food unlike anything I had ever tasted. That green dish above was incredible!
During the festival Nespresso ran a talents award for young film makers. Asking them to produce a short film in portrait format, mobile friendly. The different concepts of the film, and emotions they evoked was so varied, I wanted to watch them over and over. Discover them all over here.
The highlight, of our stay in Cannes was that all important ‘red carpet’ moment. Feeling all the nervous feels before the official cars arrived, then driving through the security check points to arrive outside the Palais.
The door opened, and I stepped out to a flash of cameras, and the crowds jostling to see if I was someone famous – how disappointed they must have been! ha! There we all were, suited and booted walking up the red carpet, lingering on the steps to take photos of this bonkers evening. And then inside to watch the Japanese manga film. Such an incredible experience.