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International Pan African Film Festival in Cannes France

I greatly enjoy independent film, especially when created by and about people of color.

Here's an opportunity to spend April in France for an amazing experience of film, fashion, music and art. The run time is April 13 - 17, 2011

International Pan African Film Festival

Let's meet in Boston a couple of times before we leave for France. The idea is for you to make your own air and lodging plans then we figure out where and when to meet up in France. Get in touch with me or Thornton for travel plan advice.

First meetup in Boston to discuss our plans will be Wednesday March 30th at 6:30 PM in the Boston Medical Center cafeteria 840 Harrison Ave 02118 on the second floor. Bring your own dinner or get there before 7 PM if you want to buy your meal from the cafeteria. The food area closes at 7 PM. We can discuss expectations and travel plans to coordinate our itineraries for meetups in France. Bring your travel plans and things you want to see and do.

Second meetup in Boston to discuss our plans will be Wednesday April 6th at 6:30 in the Boston Medical Center cafeteria 840 Harrison Ave 02118 on the second floor. Bring your own dinner or get there before 7 PM if you want to buy your meal from the cafeteria. The food area closes at 7 PM. We can discuss expectations and travel plans to coordinate our itineraries for meetups in France. Bring your travel plans and things you want to see and do

My travel plans are

leave Boston on Monday April 11th arrive in Cannes Tuesday April 12th then

leave Cannes on Monday April 18th arrive in Paris Monday April 18th then

leave Paris on Wednesday April 20th arrive in Boston Wednesday April 20th

Join in where and when you can....whether you can do a long weekend in Cannes or Paris...whatever fits your budget and schedule.

Travel roundtrip from Boston to Cannes (airport is actually in Nice which is thirty (30) minutes from Cannes, therefore you will need to arrange ground transportation to Cannes from Nice) or roundtrip from Boston to Paris.

Airlines Air France or Delta or British Airways from $700 to $1500

Hotel in Cannes is Best Western Hotel Univers in the center of Cannes $85 per night

Hotel choices in Paris two to three stars $150 per night (best rates being determined)

Pan African Festival All Access Pass $250 or Pan African Festival Concerts & Films Pass  $85

Meals about $60 per day

Local Transportation, Tours, Museums, Clubs  $500

Points of interest in and near Cannes - beaches, La Croisette, Le Suquet, Castle Museum, day trip to Monaco or St. Tropez or Monte Carlo

Points of interest in Paris - Eiffel Tower, Arc du Triomphe, Moulin Rouge, Notre Dame Cathedral, Avenue Champs Elysees, Aux Charpentiers (130 year old bistro on Left Bank), Pont de Arts (footbridge), Louvre (museum), Divan du Monde

French Lesson on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95WdEddEZQo

Weather forecast for next ten days as of Monday April 4th

Cannes - sunny from 46 to 69

Paris - partly sunny 45 to 65

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  • Tbird

    Laura and Tonya were great travel companions! Everyone went with the flow when things didn't happen as planned and we were all richer for it. I am glad that we were all open to exploring because that led us to see Monaco, Monte Carlo and Antibes in France as well as Sanremo and Bossana Vecchia in Italy...all unexpected.
    Though my stay was shorter than theirs, I really felt fulfilled and satisfied with this Onyxbirds adventure! Can't wait for the next trip.

    April 20, 2011

  • Tbird

    Here's a video of Laura and Tonya's plane taking off for France on April 11th. They went in style! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Arwe64HLwQI&feature=channel_video_title

    April 18, 2011

  • Tbird

    OK, Tbird is in da house! Where da party at??? :-) I arrived later than expected but I'm here. Picked up a car at the airport in Nice and drove myself to Cannes! What beautiful scenery. Looking forward to connecting with Laura and Tonya later.

    April 15, 2011

  • Tonya

    Bon soir Obird amis. Up at 8, way too early after a very late night, to watch many great films. Began with a great American film, Human Web, an intense urban drama, also enjoyed a poignant French tale of young siblings who desperately want to see their imprisoned father so head off on a adventure to the jail, another memorable one, a documentary which was the nicest surprise because it showed musicians of the Tuareg society performing the music I was hoping to hear at the Festival in the Desert.

    April 14, 2011

  • Tonya

    Bon soir mon amis. Oh what a day and an even better night. Beautiful day, walking the streets of Cannes then an even more amazing night of glitz and glam at the Opening Night Gala of the Festival. Hopefully Laura will be able to post the pictures. Bon nuit.

    April 13, 2011

  • Trina B.

    I'm glad you both arrived safely. Have fun, be safe and take lots of pictures.

    April 12, 2011

  • Tonya

    Bonjour from Cannes. Wish you were here, glad Im not there. Happy me and Laura came a day early because had a chance to sight see and relax. Excited and looking forward to the start of the Festivities tomorrow. Feel free to post comments and/or questions. Au revoir.

    April 12, 2011

  • Tbird

    I am going via London.

    March 29, 2011

  • Tiffany

    I'm interested in this trip THIS year as well! How's the planning going? I would be able to go that Thursday until Sunday. Please keep me in the loop :)

    February 20, 2011

  • Tbird

    Hot fare news!!!

    Delta has a fare sale from Boston to London that runs though June 15. So....you could fly to/from London on the deal and then catch a cheap roundtrip from London to Cannes. Tickets must be purchased by March 1st.

    February 16, 2011

  • Tonya

    VERY Preliminary Pricing which I've found...Air Boston to Nice $700 to $1000 for Mon, Tue or Wed flights. Hotel - $67 to $81 per night. Hope to have specifics by next week.

    February 15, 2011

  • Tonya

    Hey Carol. Enjoyed meeting and hanging with you at Ryles last month. This weekend, I will post more details about the France trip.

    February 11, 2011

  • Tiffany

    What a great idea! I'll mark it on my calendar for next year!

    1 · February 6, 2011

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