Ivan (Bounine) Bunin’s villas in Grasse
This is what I've got from Office de Tourisme in Grasse. It looks like it takes much more time to google-map these place than the actual walk from Gare Routiere in Grasse:
Villa La Rivolte (earlier Mont-Fleuri), chemin des Lierres
Belle demeure du 19 siecle, transformee en chambres d’hotes.
Au nord de Grasse. Le chemin des Lierres donne dans le boulevard Alice de Rothschild
Villa Belvedere, avenue Henri Benard
Prendre la direction du Jardin de la Princesse Pauline. A la statue de Bounine, se tourner face a la mer, sur le trottoir de gauche, emprunter le chemin du Vieux Logis, descendre les escaliers. Une plaque concernant Bounine est apposee a l’entree de la propriete.
Villa Jeannette, 35 boulevard Georges Clemenceau
Route Napoleon. Avant le parking de la piscine Altitude 500, a gauche. Une plaque commemorative est fixee sur le rocher, a l’entree de la propriete.
L’association des amis d’Ivan Bounine
68 rue Villiers de l’Isle-Adam
01 46 36 47 09
Two museums that show the Provence
Grasse, situated on the border of the Cote d'Azur and the Provence, has two museums that enlighten the customs of this South departement of France in many ways. One museum is the "Musee d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence (1)" showing about the art and history. the other "Musee Provecnal du Costume et du Bijou (2)" emphasises the dresses and jewelry that belongs to this region. Both are situated in the old town of Grasse and are definately worth a visit (one is already great to get an impression).
Green peaceful place where old and young play
Near Fragonard's museum and parfume-facory and below the Place du Cours is a smal park that is a true oasis of rest and peace. Here some fountains spray water, while children play and old as well (Jeu de Boules). A wonderful place to start or finish your tour through the old town and a visit to the parfum museum or Fragonard.
The birthcradle of parfume
"From medieval bishop seat to parfume capitol"
Grasse is old, very old. Here in the mountains North of the mondain Cannes, this town already goes back to the beginning of the counted years. Ligurians settled in the furtile valley and started a settlement. The settlement grew as the trade started to florish. Agricultural products from the surroundings later specialised into flowers, the bases of the main industry that eventually gave Grasse the name "parfume capitol of the world".
"Water, a vital element for Grasse as town"
The valley of Grasse is rich of sources. Fresh water is a key element for success in such warm environment as the inlands North of the Cote d'Azur. Walking through town you will still see that water is a vital element in the street scenery as everywhere you walk you will see old and new fountains and wells, providing refreshment for the passing pedestrian.
"A town in the hills surrounded by flowers"
We visited n the wrong season to have the joy of the blossoming flowerfields that surround Grasse. In spring, but also in summer, Grasse vicinity is smelling with lovely scents that fill the air. Especially known is the purple Lavendula, which also is a very important ingredient for many parfumes. In autumn and winter one can anyway take a sniff of the flowery bouquet of Grasse, as you haven't been in Grasse, when you didn't visit at least one parfume "factory" to "smell the roses".