La Bastide des Anges
2, chemin du Camp de la Besse, Grasse, 06520, France
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Travel Tips for Grasse
Museum that shows everything about parfume
Grasse wouldn't be complete without a museum that tells the whole history of parfume. From the fact that parfume started out to be very popular in modern times as a means to make gloves smell nicer in the 16th century. Grasse, having a very important leather industry, immediately embraced this new development, a choice that now seems to have been a very wise one. In the museum one however shows the 3000 years history of parfume. Quite interesting are also the memorabilia, among which the travel-beauty case of Marie-Antoinette.
Where once the bishop ruled
The skyline of Grasse is dominated by two towers. One is the tower that used to be a part of the bishop's palace, now-a-days the townhall. It is now known as the "Tour de Guet". The large but not that specifically decorated hall is situated directly besides the cathedral. The tower dates back to the 12th century and is made of a red volcanic stone that comes from the "Esterel" mountains near the coast. In the wall a inscription, remembering the poet Bellaud de la Bellaudiere.
Metropolis of perfume
"Grasse - history of perfume"
If your travel goes past Cannes don't forget to visit Grasse. This city would be a good place for sightseeing tour because of perfume industry there. Of course to look at modern industrial production of perfume wouldn't be very interesting. In Grasse you have possibility to learn more about history of perfume industry. There are various museums about it.
I have to avow before visit of Grasse I was skeptical about this visit because perfume industry was not point of my interests before. Later I changed my opinion and I enjoyed visit of perfume museum.
Go and enjoy yourself it as well!
"Not Worth the Trip"
Grasse is a large town with a population of forty two thousand. The old town was constructed within the city walls which were demolished in the eighteenth century. Because of this, the buildings are tall and the streets narrow and dark.
Much of the old town is very poor with a large population of North Africans. Arab music and cooking smells fill the streets. Walking around Grasse was the first time we felf afraid all trip. With dark, dirty streets and men loitering around us we quickly made it back to our car.
Grasse has a large number of beautiful sunny squares that break up the pattern of narrow, shady streets. The Place aux Aires is one of the most beautiful, surrounded by sixteenth and seventeenth century architecture. The daily market takes place around the exquisite fourteenth century fountain in the centre of the square.
Most people go to Grasse for the perfume factories. To tell the truth, the perfume is not great smelling and their is a factory in Eze and shops in other cities.
I would skip Grasse.