Provençe - Alpes - Côte d'Azur

Grasse: Versatile and diverse.

by Bert Schwarz

If a tourist visits Grasse "to see if it's pretty there", he does himself no favours and does not do justice to the city and its inhabitants in any way. If you realize that Grasse has been an international economic metropolis since the Middle Ages, you can feel, smell and experience the continuous flow of time.

Grasse

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

© reisemagazin TV 2019

PACA Stories
Aix-en-Provençe
A handful of Parisian elegance deep in Provençe.
Antibes
Antibes has conquered the hearts of so many artists. So has ours.
Cassis
Poets raved about Cassis's small harbour and he was a favourite motif for painters.
Grasse
A few minutes by car from the Côte d'Azur lies Grasse, the city of perfumers.
La Ciotat
La Ciotat and the Mediterranean Sea are more than 20 km like an old couple.
La Colle-sur-Loup
on a short walk with potential.
Le Castellet
This is all about the things that make life more beautiful.
Les Calanques
The rocky cliffs are occasionally interrupted by small, idyllic beaches.
Marseille
For many years Marseille was the black sheep on the Provençal coast.
Mouans-Sartoux
It used to be a village with olive trees, flower and jasmine fields for the perfume industry in Grasse.
Mougins
is a real insider's tip, a gem that really deserves attention.
Sanary-sur-Mer
Sanary has been an insider tip in Provençe for over 100 years.
St. Paul de Vence
an artists' village?
Toulon
If you're looking for bling-bling, you're wrong here.

Vandalism in the car park Place de la Buanderie, below the Office de Tourisme

It is not only annoying if your own vehicle is damaged twice within a year in a city parking garage: In the first incident in September 2018, one side was probably scratched with a key and the paintwork and headlights were scratched. In July 2019 both sides were scratched extensively.

Grasse © Bert Schwarz
Grasse © Bert Schwarz

The Police Nationale, which is responsible for such things here, complains about a decrease in security in public car parks and attributes this to a lack of security precautions - such as camera surveillance - towards us.

The parking garage manager approached «shone» with ignorance and incompetence and the Lord Mayor Jérôme Viaud, who is responsible for security in the parking garage in particular and in the city in general as the supreme employer, has so far failed to make a statement.

Both damages were paid by our motor vehicle insurance, we remain stuck on the deductible.

Conclusion :

Even if the municipal parking garage is ideally located for a visit, we recommend parking the car not here and using the private houses better. Of course, we don't know whether the property is better protected there, but we have seen more cameras than in the city.

Only a few minutes by car from the Côte d'Azur lies the city that is known as the city of perfumers. The climate here favours an enormous abundance of flowers. Lavender and roses thrive in abundance, so that in Grasse the perfume industry has had its centre here since the Middle Ages.

Grasse © Bert Schwarz

To reduce the city and its attractions to perfume, its production and its derivatives, however, would be too short, even if this topic accompanies the visitor every step of the way. I have now returned to the city three times and once rather involuntarily. There is so much to discover here that has nothing to do with perfume, its production and the plants that go with it, even if you come into contact with it again and again.

Grasse © Bert Schwarz

Sleep

This question is purely a matter of taste, because there are hotels in the city, there are guesthouses in the surrounding area and there are ... my preference ... in and around Grasse campsites.

So everything is available, which is necessary for a successful vacation, no matter whether with woman - man - friend - in, or with the new generation together ... and the dog.

During my researches I ignored the dog as a companion, one may look it up for me. No matter what your personal preferences are, apart from the theme of perfume with all its facets, from shopping, to factory tours, to getting to know gardens where the flowers relevant to perfume production grow, you can meet contemporary artists in your galleries around the Place de la Poisonnerie below the town hall, or you can go not far northwest to the Pays de Grasse, to the last European bisons, wild horses, or to the work-out down-hill by bike, through the treetops or under the earth in limestone caves, whose beauty leaves no one cold.

Quiet, hardly any tourism?

Grasse © Bert Schwarz

It's very comfortable here. The parking garage directly in the center is ingenious and also the exit is generously arranged for French conditions for a passenger car with normal dimensions. The parking fees are bearable. There are no tourist avalanches in Grasse that push their way through the cities elsewhere. The contemplative and the many small shops in partly centuries old houses give us the impression of a city in which time has gone on and old and highly modern things have found a natural mixture together.