For me, Grasse will always be an invitation to the mountains that look down over it and a magnificent balcony over the deep blue of the sea with its plunging view of the Bay of Cannes. Surrounded by this natural geological wealth, it’s easy to forget to stop off in Grasse and its centre. And nevertheless, with my amateur photographer’s eye, I am always lured back towards this historic centre where I am rewarded by streets with tall, colourful facades where the evening light makes its entrance, large and small squares where I can see the passers-by with their eyes riveted on the sky, wondering at the pink umbrellas and their shadows projected on the paving stones, or for those more adventurous visitors who wander around the many alley-ways which make up the town. And lastly, when you think you’ve had your fill of the sights, you’re invited to discover the scents of flowers and perfumes of which Grasse holds the secret as the capital of perfumery. So you’ll understand only too well that, for me, Grasse is a town which will delight your senses in the gentle warmth which characterizes the towns of the south of France so well.
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I recommend a day’s outing where you will discover a variety of landscapes. Starting in the morning with a walk along the Canal de Siagne, you’ll discover a place of absolute tranquillity with a succession of little bridges belonging to the private properties which make it look like a little Venice. Next, head for the historic centre of Grasse for a lunch break on the Place aux Aires. Take a walk around the many alley-ways and stop off for a visit to one of the many local perfumeries. For the more athletic among you, walk as far as the civil aviation radar from the paraglider landing area and your reward will be a breathtaking panorama over the whole of the Cote d’Azur. Gourdon will be your last stop where you can quench your thirst and have a crêpe in a little village where the bird’s eye view has earned it the nickname of Eagle’s nest.