When the Cote d’Azur winds blow out of the north, you will likely come accross the scent of a delightful fragrance. That is because Grasse, known as the perfume capital of the world, is up in the hills just 15 km north of Cannes.

If you have time and the inclination, Grasse is a nice diversion from the rigors of the beaches.

Napoleon’s sister Pauline resided here and the French boast that two-thirds of its perfume is made here. The three factories to visit that produce this vital product are: Fragonard, Galimad and Molinard.


After your perfume tour, stroll through the medieval passageways and ancient fountains and then stop off at the Notre Dame du Puy Cathedral. It has three works of Peter Paul  Rubens, the stain glass windows by Adrien Baillet, a triptych by the famed 15th-century Provençal painter Louis Bréa, and Lavement des Pieds (The Washing of the Feet), by the young Jean-Honore Fragonard.

Notre Dame du Puy Cathedral
Notre Dame du Puy Cathedral
 
Cathedral Courtyard
Cathedral Courtyard
 
Inside the Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral