Tour de la Castre

Ever since we moved to Cannes, we've tried to find spots from where one can see the building we live in. It turns out that it's not that easy to get a good view of it; most places we can see from our windows or balconies are inaccessible to us. One notable exception is the Tour de la Castre that rises 21 meters (some 70 feet) above Le Suquet, the hill that overlooks the old part of Cannes. The tower is open to visitors of the museum, and indeed, we had climbed it back in November of 2011, though equipped with just an iPhone. Clearly, we were overdue for another visit, this time with the Nikon D300 and a zoom lens.

The opportunity presented itself on April 5, 2014; the weather was near perfect for what we had in mind, and on that particular Saturday, we had the pleasant surprise to find that the entrance to the museum was free of charge, courtesy of the new administration in celebration of its recent victory in the municipal elections. We made our way through the museum, into the courtyard and to the tower which was built in the late 11th Century. Initially, it was mostly used as a watchtower, and it became a prison in the 1700s. Nowadays it is a tourist attraction: from the top one has a spectacular view of Cannes and its surroundings.

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After climbing the 109 steps and squeezing through a ridiculously low door, we are at the top

After climbing the 109 steps and squeezing through a ridiculously low door, we are at the top


Looking to the northeast towards "our" building

Looking to the northeast towards "our" building


Zooming in for a closer look: we live on the top floor of the tan building in the center

Zooming in for a closer look: we live on the top floor of the tan building in the center


View to the west and along the sea shore towards Mandelieu

View to the west and along the sea shore towards Mandelieu


Rooftops of the old town

Rooftops of the old town


Looking southwest to the Esterel

Looking southwest to the Esterel


Looking southeast to the harbor entrance and the island of 'Sainte Marguerite'

Looking southeast to the harbor entrance and the island of Sainte Marguerite


Looking into the heart of Cannes, town hall on the left, harbor and casino on the right

Looking into the heart of Cannes, town hall on the left, harbor and casino on the right


Taking a closer look reveals a bewildering array of nested buildings of various styles

Taking a closer look reveals a bewildering array of nested buildings of various styles


The roof of 'Notre Dame de l'Espérance'

The roof of Notre Dame de l'Espérance


Looking at the massive 'Tour de la Castre' from below

Looking at the massive Tour de la Castre from below


Fountain in the museum courtyard

Fountain in the museum courtyard


Cactus flower in the museum courtyard

Cactus flower in the museum courtyard


Inside the 'Musée de la Castre'

Inside the Musée de la Castre


The little park by the museum entrance

The little park by the museum entrance


Inside 'Notre Dame de l'Espérance'

Inside Notre Dame de l'Espérance


Looking towards the 'Tour de la Castre' from our home

Looking towards the Tour de la Castre from our home


The photos on this page were taken on April 6, 2014 except the last one, which was taken on September 10, 2013.
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