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    Travel Q&A with Yasmin from We are Nodes

    Get to know the sisters behind We are Nodes
    Part 1: The big sister

    Name: Yasmin Tilles
    Age:
    29 (“The big sister”)
    City: Stockholm, Sweden
    Occupation: Working as PR and Marketing Manager at IT security-startup Detectify
    Passions: Entrepreneurship and building businesses, digital marketing, travelling (obviously), planning (I’m a project manager-freak who plans my whole existence in various to do-lists), and drinking coffee on my balcony.

    We are Nodes Exploring Lisbon

    Your Best Trip?

    There are SO many unforgettable trips to choose between, but here’s two trips that has left a big impression on me:

    1) A work trip I made to San Francisco and New York in 2013 while I was working at IDG Sweden and Webbdagarna. I joined the IDG US event team in San Francisco for the annual Macworld/iWorld conference, a huge event targeting Apple users and partners, for a week of intensive and fun work. Later, I took the plane over to NY where I stayed with my friend Bess (who I became friends with when we both were studying Spanish in Madrid), and enjoyed another week of meetings, events and sightseeing in the city. I remember walking around downtown, jumping between inspiring meetings with NY- based startups like Holstee and other prominent web experts, looking up at the skyscrapers and feeling so alive and filled with energy.


    With IDG:s awesome and legendary founder Patrick McGovern at the Macworld Conference 

    Jumping between meetings in NY 

    Love New York!

    I was mainly working with the Speaker Lounge at MacWorld. And yes, Ashton Kutcher was one of the speakers (since he played Steve Jobs in the movie about the Apple founder), but I didn’t run into him on site.

    2) Not a trip, but more a travel experience that’s very special to me is when Sheida and I moved to Barcelona in 2008, 10 years ago! Not only was it our first abroad experience together, but my GAWD how much we experienced during those months in Barcelona. We rented two rooms in an apartment close to Sagrada Familia, worked together, spent a lot of time partying, getting to know people, going on excursions (our local flatmate was always surprised by the places we explored when we were off work). Barcelona will always be special to me, especially since both me and Sheida grew up a lot during our time there.

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    A very old photo of Sheida and I from Barcelona, it seems we liked to match outfits back then… 

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    Haha love this image of my room in Barcelona that I found when writing on this blog post. The funny thing is that Sheida slept in my bed the first night, since we hadn’t really decided if we trusted our flatmate yet (he turned out to be a great guy). 

    Favorite travel memory?

    Spending a night in the jungle in Costa Rica in 2015. Long story short; We arrived to the wrong hotel in the middle of the night and  in the middle of the jungle, but somehow we managed to convince the hotel owners to let us sleep in their open air show room. Definitely one of my travel highlights!

    When my friend Linnéa and I visited Pointe des Almadies, the most western point of Africa, during our volunteer trip in Dakar, Senegal. Pointe des Almadies was the perfect way to escape the crazy and loud citylife in Dakar, and the place made us come back twice for its quiet surroundings and fresh oysters.

    We visited Pointe des Almadies during a volunteer trip we did to an orphanage in Senegal. 

    Sheida and I have spent many months in Cannes, but one thing we never get tired of is the magical sunrises over there. I love the memories of those nights when we had a blast at the club, and then walked home while talking about the evening as the sun went up.

    We are Nodes Cannes Sunrise

    What’s the best and worst part about traveling with you sister?

    Worst part is that we push each other’s buttons and therefore argue a lot (fortunately for us, we make up as quickly). Best part is that we are a great travel team. We enjoy spending vacations in the same way. We value the small things in life and easily fall into simple travel habits when we are away.  For example, one of our favorite parts of staying in Paris for one summer, was the very simple breakfast-picnics we had in the next door park every morning. We have so many unforgettable memories together. Travelling is truly what has made us so close.

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    Your best travel hacks?

    1. Do some good research, skip the regular Trip Advisor-tips and search for “city + blog” (not biased here at all hehe) for some travel blogger input, and don’t forget Instagram as a great source for travel inspiration!

    2) If possible, stay in cities for a longer period. The difference staying 4 weeks in a city instead of one is HUGE. That’s how you really get to know locals and the city, and have enough time to create your own habits. A less touristy experience of a city. If you don’t have so many vacation days, try asking your manager if you can work remotely. I’m a true supporter of the work and travel-concept!

    3) If you’re staying in a city for a longer period and need to find somewhere to stay; try searching for apartment in less known, preferably local, sites and forums (i.e. not Airbnb). That way you could find flats/rooms for better prices. For instance, when Sheida and I were looking for a flat in Cannes to rent for two months, we used AngloInfo France (the Riviera forum). The result: We found this amazing flat with two rooms and its own patio, in the middle of Cannes, for a very good price! We kept going back to this apartment year after year!

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    Cannes 2012: We did our life admin, side projects and travel research in the patio…We are Nodes

    …and drank a lot of coffee and hanged out with the cat.
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    Photo from our first day in Cannes that summer, the international advertising festival Cannes Lions was in town and tech giants hosted parties and mingles throughout the city. 

    Your favorite weekend destination?

    Barcelona, New York and my latest favorite Lisbon.

    #TBNewYork 


    Photo from a previous work trip to New York, this is me and my former colleague John with the inventor of World Wide Web, Sir Tim Bernes-Lee at the Webby Awards Afterparty. 

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    Photos from my weekend trip to Lisbon last year.

    Your favorite party destination?

    Cannes for sure (read our Cannes guide here). And we’re not the only ones to like the city during summer…
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    Bob Sinclair spinning records at Gotha Club, Cannes

    Nervo We are Nodes CannesWith DJ Nervo
    Paris Hilton Cannes We are NodesParis Hilton had some good Cannes-vibes at Le Palais
    Avicii Baoli Beach Cannes We are NodesAvicii made the roof lift at Baoli Beach
    French Riviera We are NodesBeach parties with friends (this pic is from St Tropez though, read more here

    Have you ever visited a city that didn’t live up to your expectations?

    Paris is a very nice city that I really have tried to fall in love with, but it just doesn’t work. Sheida and I rented a studio in Le Marais for one summer, and I have been there several times for weekends and work trips, but Paris and I just don’t click. There plenty of fun and wonderful things to do, but it’s just not my city of choice.

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    It’s not you, Paris, it’s me… Or is it?

    What are your travel plans for 2017?

    So far, I’ve been in Gdansk,  Riga and Helsinki. Rest of the year will be spent with an epic road trip to Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia this summer. A traditional visit to Finland to visit relatives, and hopefully both Athens and Italy. If possible, I’d love to squeeze in Tel Aviv, it seems like cool city!

    Espa Riga We are NodesPhotos from our spa trip to Riga in February 2017

    That’s all for now, follow me (Yasmin) on Twitter/Instagram @yasmintilles to keep up with my latest updates!

    Next up, we will get to know Lil’ sis a little better. Stay tuned!

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    How to celebrate Bastille Day on the French Riviera

    Bastille Day, the French National Day, is celebrated 14th of July in memory of the storming of Bastille, which took place 14th of July 1789. The French history has been very eventful, so there is no wonder why the French people look forward to celebrating the anniversary of the liberation of France on this yearly occasion.  You can find festivities in almost every city in France which makes the Bastille Day an excellent period to visit the country. Join the locals in their celebrations – in everything from parades, fireworks, concerts to family picnics!

    Our favorite way to celebrate this historic day is – you guessed it! – on the French Riviera. Spending a full day on the Cote d’Azur is never wrong – but adding Bastille Day to the regular festivities makes it even better!

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    Head out to any of the beach clubs along the Riviera that has announced that they will throw a National Day party. Usually, they are filled with a bunch of surprises and guest performances. Last time we were in France, we celebrated National Day at Moorea Beach Club, located in Pampelonne in St Tropez. The 5 kilometer beach area is filled with awesome beach clubs like the famous Bagatelle, offering nothing else than good vibes that you don’t want to miss out on!

    The evening is best spent watching the traditional fireworks, which are accompanied with nice music and crowded beach picnics. Cannes is the perfect spot to watch the magnificent pyrotechnics (read our Cannes City Guide here).

    cannes2014-15cannes2014-14IMG_0124Dressed out nuns, spectacular dance shows, plenty of rosé and good tunes made Bastille Day on Moorea Beach Club a blast. Many beach clubs throw amazing day parties to celebrate the French National Day and the best spots are located on the famous Pampelonne beach.

    Name: Moorea Beach Club
    Address: Plage de Pampelonne, 83350 Ramatuelle, France
    Website: http://www.mooreaplage.fr/EN/
    Phone: Telephone restaurant : 04.94.97.18.17 / Telephone beach : 04.94.97.06.09


    Interview with Jameson Farn – The expert shares his best French Riviera tips

    jamesonSince Nodes is not able to fly in to the French Riviera this summer, we asked our friend Jameson Farn at Experience French Riviera & Gay French Riviera to give us his best tips on how to celebrate Bastille Day 2016. Jameson turned his passion for the Cote d’Azur into his business and has been obsessed with this part of the world since his early 20’s. So, while we had the chance, we also took the opportunity to ask Jameson about his hidden gems and best French Riviera tips.

    Where are the best spots to celebrate Bastille Day?

    Up and down the coast and within the region there are many events to experience that you will stumble upon during Bastille Day whether you are on your own or with family and friends. The Jazz à Juan starts on July 14th in Juan-les-Pins with a whole range of artists to get the music flowing so for sure that will generate a great crowd.

    And if you are in Nice there will be the traditional military parade followed by various concerts along the iconic Promenade des Anglais to enjoy with many other gatherings.

    Every village or city tends to have their own set of fireworks display to celebrate the day and if you time it correctly and are in Nice, make sure to head to the beach where, because of the outline of the coastline you will be able to watch the fireworks in the distance going off in Cannes close to the same time they are set off in Antibes and then in Nice itself, it’s quite something to see.

    Tell us about any of your hidden gems and favorite places in the South of France?

    Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has always been a personal favorite place. There is something almost magical about the peninsula that allows you to retreat and recharge if you choose. It’s easy to find your own small private beach spot along the seaside trails and the people you meet are wonderfully calm and cultured plus there is a great sense of community.

    Of course while there one can visit the beautiful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and it’s magnificent ever-changing gardens  and a hidden gem located close to the lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula that you must book ahead for is the Villa Santo Sospir that has a fascinating history along with a grand display of artwork throughout the villa mainly done by the artist Jean Cocteau with touches by Picasso.

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    What destination are you going to next?

    In the past year I have been learning more about Italy and its history, culture and architecture through my partner who is from Milano. It’s great to learn about a country through a resident, especially if their family has a long ancestral line, so I’ve been lucky enough to get a background perspective that way. We don’t have any definitive plans on where we will go to next because we also like the element of surprise for a sense of adventure but it will likely be more around Italy,exploring the seaside towns or we also enjoy going to various parts of Lake Como as it is absolutely enchanting.

    Follow Experience French Riviera to keep up with the latest news and hotspots!

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    The Ultimate Cannes Guide

    7 tips to get a full-blown Cannes experience!

    Perhaps it is the fantastic beach walk (Boulevard de la Croisette), the extravagant hotels or the over the top-parties that has lingered celebrities to visit this French pearl time and time again. The city that has hosted the glamorous film festival since 1946 offers plenty of things to do and see. And let us clarify something straightaway – you do not need to be a millionaire to enjoy the French Riviera. It helps, but it is not in any means necessary. We are Nodes have spent months and months in this French gem, and here are our best tips for a full-blown Cannes experience!

    Baoli Beach Club

    The first thing you need to learn in order to avoid confusion is that there are two Baolis in Cannes: Le Bâoli Club, a nightclub located in the end of the La Croisette, and Bâoli Beach Club, located in the heart of the La Croisette, naturally next to the beach. This is where you want to spend your lazy beach days! Bâoli Beach Club is one of Cannes top daytime hot spots, so if you are planning to spend a full day here, we suggest you go all in. Start off by renting sun beds and an umbrella (do not forget to bring sun screen), because this is going to be a long day! Order in some cooled Rosé wine and share a plate of amazing sushi or fruit salad. Bâoli Beach Club is pricy, but the atmosphere, lounge music and crowd definitely makes it worth a visit.

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    Bâoli Beach Yearly Highlight – Remember the Coulisses/Fete de la Musique-party

    If you happen to be in Cannes in June, make sure to attend Baoli Beach’s yearly Fete de la Musique-party (previously called Remember the coulisses party), the epic beach party that kicks off the festive summer season. The fact is, We are Nodes accidentally ended up at this party a couple of years ago, and it was this specific event that made us fall in love with the city!IMG_0058

    Address: 50 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes
    Phone: +33 4 93 99 49 26
    Website: http://www.lebaoli.com/cannes-beach.html

    The best public beach in Cannes

    Spending every day at beach clubs like Bâoli can get quite expensive, so why not take advantage of Cannes public beaches for no cost at all. However, do not make the mistake of choosing the La Croisette beach. The best public beach in Cannes is located on the other side of the Croisette Boulevard, behind the Old Town (Le Suquet) and close to the Port in Cannes. It is a 10-15 minute walk from the city center. If you have troubles finding, just ask for Radisson Blu (the hotel has got an awesome rooftop terrace, btw!) and you will find the beach in front of the hotel.
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    Ice coffee at Armani Caffé

    Armani Caffé, located on Boulevard de la Croisette, is the perfect spot to sneak into when you want to take a break from your shopping. The Armani store has an elegant patio, partly shaded (super appreciated during hot and sweaty summer days!), where they offer food, snacks, drinks, fresh juices and hot beverages. We are Nodes recommends the iced coffee – it is to die for!
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    Address: 42/43 Boulevard de la Croisette
    Phone: +33 04 93 99 44 05
    Website: http://armanirestaurants.com/cannes-armani-caffe

    Champagne Breakfast at Carlton Hotel

    Not everyone can afford paying 7056 euro per night for the Suite Executive with ocean view at 5-star luxury hotel InterContinental Carlton Cannes. 42 euro for their Champagne breakfast is much more reasonable – and a fantastic way to experience the renowned hotel that had legendary guests like Sean Connery, Sean Penn, Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly (the hotel also offers extraordinary, but expensive, suites named after the movie stars).  

    The breakfast itself is nothing too remarkable, but the chilled Champagne in combination with the luxurious setting at the most prestigious hotel in Cannes makes the breakfast experience worth its price.

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    Address: 58 Boulevard la Croisette, CS 40052, Cannes
    Phone:  +33 (0)4 93 06 40 06
    Website: Official page: http://www.intercontinental-carlton-cannes.com/
    Restaurant/Breakfast info: http://www.intercontinental-carlton-cannes.com/en/your-stay-in-cannes/carlton-restaurant/

    Ile Sainte-Marguerite

    As it is most known for its glitz and glamour, it is easy to forget that Cannes also offers a lot of interesting history. A great day excursion to escape the vibrant pulse in Cannes is to take the ferry over to Ile Sainte-Marguerite (one of several islands belonging to the Iles de Lérins island group). Walk around this little island where the ‘Man in the Iron Mask’ was once held prisoner – you can even visit his actual cell at Fort Royal!

    The trip from Cannes does not take more than 20 minutes and costs only a few Euros. Tickets are bought in ticket stores close to the Port. Do not forget to buy your ticket in advance, during high season the boats tend to get full.cannes2014-10Website for ferry tickets: http://www.trans-cote-azur.co.uk/cannes-ile-sainte-marguerite.php

    Gotha Club and Le Bâoli– A little party ain’t killed nobody

    Where’s the party at, you wonder? It is at Gotha Club and Le Bâoli, the two biggest nightclubs in Cannes. During high seasons these hot spots are packed with famous celebrities and enthusiastic tourists from all over the world. International artists and DJ’s are performing almost every evening, so keep an eye on the event schedule (most easily done by following the club’s Facebook pages) since some nights one club is ‘the place to be’, while the other is more or less empty.

    And let us be honest here; being a girl or reserving a drink table helps the nightclub experience. Most clubs charge an entrance fee which varies depending how well-known the artist performing is, and a drink costs around 20-25 euros. The clubs in Cannes are not the cheapest, but they have without doubt given us some of our craziest and best nights. There is just something special with the party vibe in Cannes. 

    Le Baoli We are NodesIt’s party time at Le Bâoli

    IMG_8809Bob Sinclair spinning records at Gotha Club.

    IMG_5778 (1)High season nights at Gotha Club. 

    Address Le Bâoli: Port Pierre Canto, Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes
    Website: http://www.lebaoli.com/baoli/

    Address Gotha Club: Place Franklin Roosevelt, 06400 Cannes
    Website: http://gotha-club.com/

    Boat life in Cannes

    “You spend time on land, you live life on water”

    Boat life is always fun, and there is no better way to experience the French Riviera than on water. Bring a bunch of snacks (the French’s love their classic baguettes, cheeses, Prosciuttos), wine, Champagne and other beverages (but hey, remember to drink responsibly!). Prepare the ultimate Spotify list and you are all set! There are services on the sea of course – taxi boats to take you to the adjacent beach clubs or service boats from where you can buy coffee or ice-cream.

    How do you throw the perfect Yacht party? There is a saying that explains it pretty well: One’s a company, two’s a crowd and three’s a party. Meet up with likeminded people on other boats, set anchor and join (party) forces in a mutual boat party until the sun goes down!
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    When, or if, you have had enough of partying, swimming and tanning, it is time to head for food at Marco Polo Beach. We love love love this cozy and relaxed beach restaurant, suitable for both families and leisure travelers! The restaurant is located right next to the beach, which makes it possible to moor the boat at their pier.
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    We are Nodes recommends the amazing seafood risotto that still makes us drool.

    Address: 47, avenue de Lerins, 06590 Théoule-sur-Mer (read more about how to get here if you do not have a boat on this page)
    Phone: +33 (4) 93499659

    Cannes, we will be back soon! 

    Read more:
    Visting the French Riviera for Bastille Day? Don’t miss our blog post
    How to celebrate Bastille Day on the French Riviera.

    Cannes is of course also featured in Yasmin’s Travel Q&A, read more here:
    Travel Q&A with Yasmin from We are Nodes