Pia in France

Pia spending a month this summer in Cannes, France, on a Richter Research Fellowship to investigate the relationship between the popular, wealthy city and its local, national and international charities.

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The old city

The more I walk around Cannes, the more I notice the high number of old people. They are everywhere: in the streets, at the restaurants, in the shops & boutiques, even laying topless at the beach! (Don’t ask…)

I would go with the hypothesis that the younger people are at school/work and have more important things to do with their time, but I’ve already heard many times that Cannes is a city for the elders.

For example, the bus schedule starts slowing down at 8 p.m. The difficulty of traveling by bus after 8:30 p.m. is related to the slow beat of the city at night. And the taxis – they are even harder to find! It isn’t like Dallas where you can find a cab anytime at night. Here it seems like everyone goes to sleep because taxi drivers are nowhere to be found, and contacting them is a hassle.

So, Cannes is a city for the rich, retired population of France and the rest of the world.

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