Tales from the Western Med Day 8A

May 16, 2017
It sounds so nice, "tender access," or "tender service." But when you're on a cruise ship it means your ship can't dock at the port, and you need to get packed into lifeboats to be ferried ashore. MSC did an efficient job of it after our ship anchored about 1000 m off the shore of Cannes in the Côte d'Azur. We took an excursion that toured us around the Cape of Antibes, the old city of Antibes, and the city of Cannes. We walked around Antibes where we saw yachts from many different countries. Antibes was settled during the Iron Age and was an important Roman port. Many structures are made from Roman stone. Like many other towns on the coast, it is the home of the very rich in modern times. Nearby Golfe Jaun is where Napoleon disembarked after escaping from Elbe and re-formed his army before his defeat at Waterloo. His return is celebrated each year with a reenactment.