Buzz Extra – Cannes Festival Extra

It’s that crazy time of the year again, forget Paris all roads lead South as 30,000 members of the movie industry, 900 screenings at the Palais des Festivals for the 58th Cannes Film Festival. The former fishing village expects to welcome 200,000 punters turning up to gawk at the likes of Clint, Sharon, Melanie and Antonio, Madonna, Liz, Sir Elton and David, Deneuve, last year Michael Jackson had five doubles on the go!   But it’s so much nicer in Nice, where the handsome art-deco Palais de la Mediterranée are organising “seven minutes by helicopter from Cannes” for guests. From May 12-19 the Palais’ “International Film Festival Package” means you get a perfect room with breakfast (don’t forget the Palais just underwent a +billion euro refurb) with your daily Nice-Cannes helicopter round-trip. Then, returning to your own private oasis, unlimited access to the heated pool, fitness room, sauna, hamman. And, because you have to file copy at some point, even if it’s only to reserve your table at Alain Llorca’s The Moulin de Mougins for the AMFAR bash ( 04 93 75 78 24) unlimited in-room access to high-speed internet and WiFi.  (from 415€ per night, single or double)   I’m not paying that!   So go for the “Classical Package” same deal as above but no helicopter, you’ll be sorry. This is no time to be stuck in traffic, the competition’s too strong with over 6,000 participants from 70 countries looking to buy films, discover new talent, eat ***food, and negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. (from 280€ per night, single or double).   Palais de la Méditerranée,15 Promenade des Anglais, Nice,T: 04 92 14 77 & The Leading Hotels of the World(1-800-233-6800 or Festival!
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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !