Grasse, France and how times have changed in the production and selling of fine fragrances.
International Perfume Museum, Grasse whereby you can learn about the history of fragrance dating back to the Egyptians and its development through various influences.
Moving onto one of Grasse’s viewing points, to the south only 15 km away, is the city of Cannes with its yachts, fine-sand beaches and luxury shopping. To the east, about a 30-minute drive away is Nice, with its international airport, pebble beaches and the bustle of a busy city.
Starting at the Tourism Office Place de la Buanderie, you can discover the Medieval City by following the brass emblems in the street which mark the path to follow, aided by a map offered free of charge at the tourism office. Here Phillipe my guide shows an unnamed beauty outside the Cathedral which overseas Grasse and its surrounds.
It’s fun watching a bartender mix a cocktail, but here we’re learning the art of mixing the top, middle and base ingredients for our personalised concoction. You write down your own creation in case you perfect your dream scent and want to remember it.
The characteristic terrain of Châteauneuf-du-Pape comes from a layer of stones called galets (“pebbles”). The rocks are typically quartzite and remnants of Alpine glaciers that have been smoothed over millennia by the Rhône River. The stone retains heat during the day and releases it at night which can have an effect of hastening the ripening of grapes. The stones can also serve as a protective layer to help retain moisture in the soil during the dry summer months.
From Perpignan to Avignon you can take the TGV or travel on regional services and a direct service is about 3.5 hours. However, the TGV will always require a compulsory reservation with your Eurail Pass. If you decide the trip is too short to use your Pass then there are quite cheap fares available to book online. That way you can save your Eurail Pass for longer or more comprehensive journeys.
It is believed that Aubert, Bishop of d’Avranches founded a sanctuary on Mont-Tombe after three successive appearances by the Archangel Michael. Consecrated in 709, the church has attracted both the curious and pilgrim from all over the world ever since.
After having been made into a prison from the time of the French Revolution up until the time of the Second Empire, the Abbey became the responsibility of the Historical Monuments Department in 1874. Since 1969 the Abbey has been home to a monastic community, ensuring the continuation of a spiritual presence.
As part of the new reception services at Mont-Saint-Michel, a direct shuttle bus runs between Pontorson railway station and Mont-Saint-Michel (3.10 Euro each way per adult). It terminates at the arrival platform of the shuttles linking the mainland to the Mount, approximately 390m from the ramparts. The shuttle’s timetable is coordinated with that of SNCF trains stopping at Pontorson railway station.
The nearest railway station to Mont-Saint-Michel is Pontorson, which is accessible via the following train lines:
• TGV from Paris Montparnasse to Rennes or Dol de Bretagne, then coach from Rennes – Mont-Saint-Michel or Dol de Bretagne – Mont-Saint-Michel.
• Train from Paris Saint-Lazare to Caen, then a TER regional train from Caen to Pontorson, then the Pontorson – Le Mont shuttle (see below).
• Train from Paris Montparnasse to Granville, change at Folligny for Pontorson, then the Pontorson – Le Mont shuttle