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Grasse

The world capital of perfume

Grasse - Statue de FragonardGrasse, the perfume capital of the world, is the fifth city in the Alpes-Maritimes in terms of population.
In the Middle Ages, Grasse specializes in leather tanning, but the leather smells bad, something that does not like the nobility wearing gloves in this matter. It Molinard, a tanner who had the Grasse create leather gloves fragrant. It offers a pair to Catherine de Medicis who is seduced by the gift. Since then, the product is spreading to the Court and the High Society and brings to Grasse a worldwide reputation.

The scent of the rare countries of Grasse (lavender, myrtle, jasmine, pink, orange blossom wild mimosa) did win the city the title of world capital of perfume. The jasmine was there are still a few decades labor important flowers should be picked by hand at dawn, when their perfume is the most developed, to be dealt with immediately by cold maceration. Today, if the traditional perfumers (Fragonard, Galimard and Molinard) produce perfume mainly for tourism, large modern factories specialize in herbs and fragrances industry (Robertet, Arthes, Charabot, Mane). The perfumes are inevitable in a visit to Grasse!

Three perfumers, Fragonard, Galimard and Molinard open their doors to the public and offer free guided tours to explain the process of manufacture of perfume. It is possible to create your own perfume or eau de toilette and participate in all stages of its manufacture from picking flowers to put in a vial of perfume.

Not to be missed either during the visit of Grasse, the Fragonard Museum. This museum dedicated to the famous painter, created at the initiative of Francis Carnot with the help of his company Fragonard, wanted to be the regional museum, which lacked the Eastern Provence. The Hotel Clapier-Cabris, vandalized and devastated for a century was patiently and methodically renovated and filled with treasures miles by many contributors enthusiastic. Inaugurated in 1921, the museum, despite its name, not n'exposa canvas by Jean-Honore Fragonard for over twenty years. Today, he owns thirteen of the most varied.

Pictures of Grasse

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Around Grasse

Antibes Juan les Pins - Cannes - Mandelieu - Nice - Iles de Lérins - Fréjus - Les calanques - Les gorges du Verdon - Draguignan - Beaulieu sur Mer - Saint Jean Cap Ferrat - Villefranche sur Mer - Vallauris Golfe-Juan - Vence - Saint Paul de Vence - Cagnes sur Mer

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