Visit a local outdoor market
You can get almost anything at the Saturday market in Grasse. We got bread, cheese and fruit for a picnic.
The flower and vegetable market is beautiful and it really is fun to watch the residents shop.
To find it, just follow all the people. Everyone will be walking to the market. Or reverse and go against the folks walking away carrying bags of produce and flowers. This might be easier.
Walk around the old town
The old town in Grasse is great to walk around.
There are tiny streets that wind around between old buildings and up and down narrow steps. Some pass through arched tunnels and sometimes open onto large squares with cafes.
Hotel Gazan de la Peyriere
Named after one of Napoleons successful Generals. I guess the unsucessful ones were not around long. Like there are probably very few unsuccessful skydivers around.
The significance of the door is that it is carved in solid walnut and bears an important french civic emblem. This apparently makes it interesting.
Solid walnut door connoiseurs to please form an ordely queue
Grasse - Perfumeries and a Flower Market
"A History of Perfume"
Most people visit Grasse for the perfume . . . an excellent reason to visit. Fragonard has a very nice perfume museum with tours in several languages. The tour ends, fittingly, at the gift shop. This, of course, is my favorite part of the experience.
I've been there enough to know exactly what perfumes I want, but I love to smell them all anyway. In addition to perfumes, they have marvelous soaps. I like them so well that I use mail order when I run out. They smell good, look good and are triple milled so they last forever . . . well, not quite forever or I wouldn't have to mail order them!
It's a fun experience.
"Don't miss the Grasse Flower market"
The flower market is at its showiest on Saturdays in summer. Don't forget your camera. The colors are unbelieveable. The whole market area is terrific. The flowers surround the charming old fountain.
And . . . there is a vegetable market, a cheese market, a meat market and breads for sale. It's also lots of fun to watch local buyers. They know each other and all the vendors and they know exactly what they want. It's a great way to spend a morning.
Buy some flowers for your hotel room!
"Can vegetables be pretty?"
Of course they can. The vegetables rival the flowers in beauty at the central market. You are surrounded by flowers, vegetables, fountains, lovely old old houses and lots of local shoppers.
This is a great place to start your search for the perfect picnic lunch to take into the hills outside town and be so happy you came to France.