Ibis Hotel - Grasse
rue de Martin Carol, Grasse, 06130, France
More about Grasse
Fragonard, Grasse, France
Presentation of perfumes
Travel Tips for Grasse
After the visits in parfumeries you are invited to their shops. You can buy not only parfumes there, but also different kinds of soaps, creams, lotions, bath salt, vaseline and many other things. However I didn't see any goods of known worldwide brand names, just the locally produced items. Anyway you can still find something you like for yourself or for a present.
Place des Soeurs
Medieval origins of Grasse found in the little Square of the Sisters, dating back to 15th century.
Reputedly home to Catherine de Medici, the Italian connection following from Grasse being allied for several preceding centuries to Pisa and Genoa. Catherine introduced the fashion of perfumed gloves - designed to help shield high society from the smell of the populace, who, before the invention of the roller-ball underarm deodorant, must have been pretty whiffy .
For the meetings that handle about ... parfume?
In contrast to the Palais des Festival in Cannes, the Palais des Congres in Grasse is a graceful building that fills the side of Place du Cours and has a magnificent view over the valleys towards the mediterranean sea. Here meetings take place as well as festivals and ... well, congresses of course. Underneath the square in front of it is a large parking, which emphasises that the activities here draw quite a lot of people.
The City of Perfume
Just 17km north of Cannes & the Mediterranean - your olfactories might detect a sea breeze. But for centuries, Grasse, with its distinct red & orange tile roofs rising up the slopes of the pre-Alps, has been one of France's most important centres of perfume produciton, along with Paris & Montpellier.
"A Market inside Grasse"
It is worthy to walk around the quiet town.