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Arles. An ancient city that inspired Vincent Van Gogh.
Espace Van Gogh. The old hospital where the painter was temporarily incarcerated in early 1889 after his self mutilation.
Hotel de Ville. Rebuilt in the 17th century, it has retained the old 16th century clock tower.
Cagnes sur Mer. Cagnes-sur-Mer is a town of many parts: medieval town, fishing village, beach resort, and modern town.
Haut-de-Cagnes. The medieval town is perched high up, with winding streets surrounding the old castle. Some lovely old houses remain (Cagnes-sur-Mer tourist office organises guided tours).
Cannes. One of the Cote d'Azur's most famous towns, Cannes is renowned the world over for it's annual film festival.
Allees de la Liberte. The town hall, the flower market, the games of petanque, the shady plane trees epitomise France!
Boulevard de la Croisette. The legendary esplanade, edged by luxury hotels and shops, bars and nightclubs, a mecca for celebrity-spotters, particularly during the Cannes Festival although it is all but impossible to get near it then.
California Quarter. Inland at the east of La Croisette lies an area with a wealth of 19th century mansions, which the aristocracy built in an extravagant melange of styles. Often the luxuriant gardens afford only a glimpse of these treasures.
Le Cannet. A virtual amphitheatre set high inland, with interesting 18th century houses. The painters Renoir and Bonnard both spent time here. The 15th century St Sauveur church has some vibrantly coloured stained glass and mosaics.
Palais des Festivals. To the east of the port, this celebrated red carpet venue also contains the municipal casino. Behind it is the Allee des Stars, with handprints of great movie stars immortalised in cement.
The port. At the west end of La Croisette, behind the Palais, this bustling port has fish markets alongside luxury yacht marinas. From the Gare Maritime you can take a short boat trip to the lovely Lerins islands.
Fréjus. Popular tourist resort with excellent beaches.
Hong Hie'n Pagoda. Set in an oriental garden, it was built in 1917 by Indochinese troops.
Missiri Mosque. Built in deep-pink concrete in 1920 for Senegalese soldiers.
Menton. Charming sea-side between Monaco and Italy.
Cemetery of the Old Chateau. An astonishing burial place on the site of the old castle, it has separate tiers devoted to separate religions (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox) for the tombs of the 19th-century international clientele of Menton.

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