When I think of my brief encounter with Grasse I think of roses, bright colours, palm trees and gorgeous views all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.
On a beautiful weekend in May I made my way to Monaco and Grasse to learn everything about the Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel, its bathroom amenities line ‘Rose 31’ in collaboration with Le Labo and the fragrant roses of Grasse. While I fell in love with Monte Carlo on a sunny walk through the Old Town, no question, I was also happy to finally get to go to the city of Grasse.
After a morning in the rose fields surrounded by the extremely sweet fragrance of the centifolia rose we headed to Grasse for a few hours before returning to Monaco. As you can imagine, such a short time is hardly enough to explore a cute town like Grasse, but you have to work with what you’ve got.
I promise you will fall for this city in a heartbeat. It is the kind of place that doesn’t seem like there is much to explore per se, but more like the kind of place where you want to immerse yourself completely in the local life. I want to live in one of those bright orange houses; I’d love to pick up a baguette and cheeses for breakfast every day at the local corner bakery; and I’d walk the streets that smell of roses every day.
Grasse is a great town to include in any itinerary along the French Riviera, whether you visit Monaco and Monte Carlo, or rather stay in France to explore Nice, Cannes or St Tropez & nearby villages!
Here are some more impressions that make you want to go to Grasse:
1) Those bright orange houses cheer up even the smallest citizen!
2) Come early and you get the quiet lanes for yourself.
3) The historical centre of Grasse is car-free so you’re good to stroll along the narrow lanes.
4) Needless to say, Grasse is covered in flowers and the streets smell of the finest roses.
5) What does the view from the coach station in your town look like?!?
6) I’ll just take the Porsche…
7) Just outside of Grasse lie the rose fields of Alain Robuffel.
8) Where would you send a post card to?
9) When there are roses in abundance, then there is even rose wine!
10) The pride of Grasse and Alain Robuffel: the Centifolia rose.
Read more about my trip to Grasse and Monaco over on Travelettes!
All photos by Kathi Kamleitner.