Monday, August 25, 2014

Grasse, Saint-Paul de Vence and Cap Ferrat

Wednesday 30 July
In the morning we drove into the hills to Grasse, best known for the perfume industry.  Grasse is approximately an hour's drive west of Monte Carlo.
In Grasse we visited the Fragonard Perfumery where we were shown how the perfumes and other fragrant products are produced. The shop had on display the many items produced at the factory.
View of houses across the road from the factory
 Our next stop was the village of Saint-Paul de Vence. The history of the village dates back before the fourteenth century but it was in the 1300s that the village became a border stronghold. Built on a hill it provides a good view of the surrounding country-side as well as being protected by high walls. 
We had lunch and then entered the walls of the village. The village had many narrow walkways to explore and masses of brightly coloured flowers hung from pots or climbed over walls..
There were magnificent views of the surrounding country side from the top of the hill.
The cemetery is located outside the walls of the village.
On the way back to Monte Carlo we visited the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at Cape Ferrat peninsula, a villa built in 1905 by Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild.
The house and its collections are impressive but the gardens are magnificent.
View from the house
Water feature leading to pavilion
Rose garden
View from the garden
We then returned to Monte Carlo after a wonderful day exploring part of the Cote D'Azur.

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