20th Century – La Belle Époque – Hotel Carlton, Cannes
The Hotel Carlton in Cannes is a prime example of beautiful architecture built in “La Belle Époque”, a period of time between the 1870s (and the Franco Prussian war) and World War One in 1914. It was a defining time for France, when anything was believed to be possible and her confidence grew; the buildings symbolised this and became grander and more ornate. The Carlton was finished in 1911 and has been a magnet for high society ever since (Hitchcock filmed To Catch A Thief here in the 1950s). Its two domes are said to be modelled on the breasts of a famous local courtesan of the time.
Hotel InterContinental Carlton, Cannes
The Carlton on the Croisette in Cannes is a famous example of La Belle Époque architecture | © Eric Borda/Flickr