Souvenir of Grasse

Adelina and I flew from Rome to Nice on Monday 2 July 2012 and took a bus from the airport to the Gare Routière de Grasse at the surprisingly low cost of 1 euro per head. We stayed there until Friday 6 July, and made one side trip to the little town of Gourdon on Wednesday 4 July. Highlights of our visit included visits to the perfume factories, the many museums, attending a saxophone concert in the garden of the Villa Fragonard on Thursday evening, and enjoying the cuisine and local wines!
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In a display in the Fragonard laboratory eight flowers are listed as 'The flowers of Grasse', i.e. Orange blossom, Rose, Mimosa, Jasmine, Lavender, Violet, Tuberose and Broom.

In a display in the Fragonard laboratory eight flowers are listed as 'The flowers of Grasse', i.e. Orange blossom, Rose, Mimosa, Jasmine, Lavender, Violet, Tuberose and Broom.

The garden of the Villa Jean-Honoré Fragonard. The villa was built in late seventeenth century on a slope below the old fortified city, which was levelled into a series of terraces.

The garden of the Villa Jean-Honoré Fragonard. The villa was built in late seventeenth century on a slope below the old fortified city, which was levelled into a series of terraces.

One of the main tasks of the Fragonard laboratory in the Plan de Grasse is to test the quality of the essential oils and materials imported from all parts of the world, before their used in perfume production, as indicated in this display.

One of the main tasks of the Fragonard laboratory in the Plan de Grasse is to test the quality of the essential oils and materials imported from all parts of the world, before their used in perfume production, as indicated in this display.

Adelina in front of the Cathedral of Grasse. The carved walnut wood doors which show the symbols of the four evangelists date back to 1721.

Adelina in front of the Cathedral of Grasse. The carved walnut wood doors which show the symbols of the four evangelists date back to

The base of an obelisk erected in the Place du Cours during the period of the Directoire (1795 to 1799). The inscription reads 'Les Arts perfectionnent la Nature'.

The base of an obelisk erected in the Place du Cours during the period of the Directoire to The inscription reads 'Les Arts perfectionnent la Nature'.

Adelina and mentress at the Galimard laboratory.

Adelina and mentress at the Galimard laboratory.

We stayed at the Comfort Hotel Mandarina, high above the centre of Grasse. From the balcony of our room, we could see the Gulf of Napoule on the horizon about 30 km away.

We stayed at the Comfort Hotel Mandarina, high above the centre of Grasse. From the balcony of our room, we could see the Gulf of Napoule on the horizon about 30 km away.

From the balcony of our hotel room we could look down on the historic centre of Grasse. Using a telescopic lense, I obtained this photograph of the Cathedral of Grasse, and the adjoining City Hall.

From the balcony of our hotel room we could look down on the historic centre of Grasse. Using a telescopic lense, I obtained this photograph of the Cathedral of Grasse, and the adjoining City Hall.

Adelina in the Place aux Aires.

Adelina in the Place aux Aires.

Adelina is shown here relaxing in the Place de l'Evêché in the very heart of the historic centre of Grasse. The water in the fountain arrives from the torrent 'La Foux' which has been essential to the city's wellbeing and development since its foundation in the Xth century.

Adelina is shown here relaxing in the Place de l'Evêché in the very heart of the historic centre of Grasse. The water in the fountain arrives from the torrent 'La Foux' which has been essential to the city's wellbeing and development since its foundation in the Xth century.

Adelina at the fountain of Thouron with its statue of Terpsichore near la Place aux Aires.

Adelina at the fountain of Thouron with its statue of Terpsichore near la Place aux Aires.

This detail of the monument to the victims of the Resistance in grasse seized my imagination. I would like to have something similar incorporated in the wall of my house, possibly with my own portrait as the captive.

This detail of the monument to the victims of the Resistance in grasse seized my imagination. I would like to have something similar incorporated in the wall of my house, possibly with my own portrait as the captive.

Tor standing besides a small lavender garden in the Plan de Grasse. Lavender grows ideally at much higher altitudes.

Tor standing besides a small lavender garden in the Plan de Grasse. Lavender grows ideally at much higher altitudes.

Adelina displaying her diploma as an élève-parfumeur.

Adelina displaying her diploma as an élève-parfumeur.

Tor creating a perfume.

Tor creating a perfume.

Adelina creating a perfume at the Galimard laboratory in the Plan de Grasse.

Adelina creating a perfume at the Galimard laboratory in the Plan de Grasse.

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