Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Grasse, France

To my dear friend, Anita Rivera.

"Conduz-me o teu perfume às paragens mais belas;
Vejo um porto ideal cheio de caravelas
Vindas de percorrer países estrangeiros;"

Charles Baudelaire

Returning Home by...

Grasse, French Riviera

Charmante, exquisite, enchanting, colourful, gezellig, chaleureuse... Grasse. :-)

From Grasse

Grasse is a mix of Genoa and Lisbon...
Its windows reminds me Genoa and its narrow streets, Alfama, Lisbon's oldest district...

From Grasse

Grasse is a medieval town...une Ville d'Art et d' Histoire...

Saracen Tower

From Grasse

Cathedral Notre-Dame-du-Puy (11th century).

From Grasse

Rubens paintings. ;-)

From Grasse

Grasse is considered La Capitale Mondiale du Parfum.

Grasse has a prospering perfume industry since the end of the 18th century. The main parfumeries are Molinard, Fragonard and Galimard.

From Grasse

From Grasse

Grasse is unique...

Les ateliers et les peintres...

From Grasse

Les petits marches...

From Grasse

Les vins...

From Grasse

Les livres...

From Grasse

Les chats...;-)

From Grasse

C'est un plaisir se promener a Grasse...;-) Les couleurs, les vieilles rues, les artistes, les parfums...

From Grasse

"Grasse has been a popular tourist town for several centuries, with the smell of flowers and clear air. The altitude of the town, from 300-400 m, and the hills behind give Grasse a fresher climate than the beach during the heat of the summer. Princess Pauline Bonaparte, the Emperor's sister, spent the winter of 1807-08 in Grasse, recuperating her mental and physical strength. Queen Victoria vacationed through several winters in Grasse, staying at the Rothschild's or at the Grand Hotel. Napoléon himself passed through Grasse on 2 March 1815, but didn't have time for vacationing."

et la memoire de Piaf...

Edith Piaf, La Vie en Rose

A toute l'heure!!!


Anita said...

Lindas fotos. Acho que essa cidade e' mencionada no livro Le Parfum do Patick Suskind, nao ?

Presépio no Canal said...

Ola, Anita ;-)

Obrigada ;-)

Bem lembrado...;-) Pois, e,...

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Ah, so lovely!! And it looks like you are having beautiful weather as well. Enjoy!!

Presépio no Canal said...


Yes, it was such a nice weather ;-) I missed it now...

Margarida Elias said...

Que espectáculo! Adorei viajar por Grasse via Presépio. É tudo extraordinário: casas, perfumes, artistas e gato.
E as tuas fotografias são lindas.
Bom dia!:)

Presépio no Canal said...

Ha tantos gatos lindos pelas ruas. So pode ser boa terra ;-)
Grasse fica pertinho de Cannes e Monaco. Acho um bom local para ficar, a partir do qual se pode explorar as praias da Cote D'Azur. Nos so ficamos dois dias, mas foram bem aproveitados, com a tranquilidade a que a cidade convida. Mas temos de voltar porque nao fomos ao Museu do Perfume nem visitamos nenhuma perfumaria. Mas comprei uns cremes. Ve este site. Acho que vais gostar.
Eu uso esta linha de eau de parfum.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma chère, chère Sandra,

Merci mille fois, thank you ever so much for dedicating this lovely piece to me; you know how much I love Grasse. When I passed throughh Grasse one lovely Sunday morning, I was directed by some music wafting in the air towards a little storefront. There was a church conducting a service, but is was an evangelical church, the same denomination that come from. I entered in only to find the most beautiful sight of French people worshipping in the same manner as I. We took communion together of fresh bread and real wine, and it was a wonderful message. Unlike the communions here in the U.S. of crackers and grape juice, this communion was unedited, so to speak, and everyone delighted in the authentic fair of the day and place. And of course, I was escorted by a darling young man that day through the town, and he took me to Fragonard and bought me a souvenir perfume. What a GREAT DAY!!!!! I felt like Audrey Hepburn in the movie, Roman Holiday!

These are exquisite photos and I thank you for such an uplifting gift of friendship....Grosses bises, Anita

Presépio no Canal said...

Anita ;-) What wonderful stories to remember ;-)
To feel like Audrey Hepburn...
Oh, let's go to Grasse again ;-)
Enjoy your day, dear Anita ;-)
Mille Bisous,

ana said...

As fotografias são lindas. Nunca estive em Grasse mas parece-me que é um sítio a visitar. O perfume nasce das flores, por isso, deve ser bonito de visitar na Primavera!

Gostei muito de ler o "Perfume" e apesar do filme não ser tão bom como o livro também gostei.
Boa noite! :)

Presépio no Canal said...

Boa Noite ;-) E sempre um gosto ve-la por aqui ;-)

Eu gostei muito de Grasse, mas tenho de la voltar, pois ficou ainda muito por explorar ;-)

Na Primavera, como diz, deve ser encantador e perfumado ;-)

Beijinhos ;-)

Aledys Ver said...

I had no idea that this town was so charming, I truly love it! Apart from the reference to it in Suskind's book Perfume, I hadn't heard or read anything about it. Just beautiful, thanks for showing it to us!

Presépio no Canal said...

Aledys, you will enjoy this town very much, I'm sure of it ;-) Maybe in the Spring you can go there ;-)

Patricia Sgrignuoli said...

Oh, Sandra,
I can not enter to this blog for days... and now I see that you have been travel a little more!!!
What a lovely place is Grasse, I like so much the little medieval cities! And what a wonderful song is "La Vie en Rose"
Very beautiful post!!!!

Presépio no Canal said...

Patricia: Wait and see! ;-) There is more to come! Thank you to be always here with your support and friendship ;-)

Thelma said...

Depois de viajar contigo neste post e de ver cada foto de boca aberta, mataste-me de emoção quando terminaste com Edith Piaf... sem palavras!

Presépio no Canal said...

Eu adoro Piaf e como ela partiu em Grasse...:-)