For people could close their eyes to greatness, to horrors, to beauty, and their ears to melodies or deceiving words. But they couldn’t escape scent. For scent was a brother of breath. Together with breath it entered human beings, who couldn’t defend themselves against it, not if they wanted to live. And scent entered into their very core, went directly to their hearts, and decided for good and all between affection and contempt, disgust and lust, love and hate. He who ruled scent ruled the hearts of men.

Patrick Suskind, Perfume: The Story of A Murderer

If that is so, it is of little wonder then as to how Grasse, the little town that is built on the side of a hill inland of the coast of the French Riviera, came to be recognized as the perfume capital of the world.

IMG_2482The Parfumerie Fragonard is one of the three legendary parfumeries (the other two being the Galimard and the Molinard) that offers free visits and guided tours through their factory and museum daily. Although I am not one who cares much about perfumes and scents (I have a low tolerance for them as they tend to cause me headaches and eye sores, somehow), I found the tour to be most engaging and surprisingly enjoyable.

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The Petit Train of Grasse (also known as the little perfume train) offers a convenient and pleasant way to see the town.
The Petit Train of Grasse (also known as the little perfume train) offers a convenient and pleasant way for visitors to see the town. The ride also comes with a helpful audio guide.

IMG_2490IMG_2481IMG_2491IMG_2526IMG_2514Grasse makes for a pleasant day trip, being only less than 20km away from Cannes and 45km from Nice.

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The little hilltop town of Gourdon, where you can get spectacular views of both Cannes and Nice.
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Nice, at a distance.
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A glimpse of Cannes.

IMG_2584Since we were based in Cannes for 2 nights, we were also able to take a closer look at the glamorous resort town, known for its association with the rich and famous.

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This was definitely not where we stayed.

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Cannes at dusk.
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Night view of Cannes.
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The Palais des Festivals, home to the annual Cannes International Film Festival.

We did walk up the steps, minus the red carpet. :p

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