Cote d'Azur Journals

Grasse and St Paul with Mumsie

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A travel journal to Cote d'Azur by TianjinPaul

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Le Lily's Place

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Restaurant | "Nor Hugely American ... But Not Bad"

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Considering the long-standing accusations of cultural imperialism that many French aim at America, it is perhaps surprising that American imagery is so popular in France. You cannot pass a furniture store - unless it is Ikea - that does not sell black and white photos of New York or movie posters featuring James Dean. There are swathes of reproduction Americana to be seen in bars and homes across the country. With such tastes in France, it is not at all surprising that Lily's In St Paul de Vence does a roaring trade. Despite being set in a small cottage in a small town in the foothills of the Alps, it is decked out like an American diner from the 1950s.Upon entering Lily's you are greeted ...Read More

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Le Lily's Place
5 Place De La Mairie
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Provence 06570

Fragonard Factory & Museum

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Attraction | "Sweet Smelling and Fantastically Interesting"

Fragonard Factory & Museum Photo, Grasse, France
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I pass through Grasse regularly on my way to play cricket in the mountain village of St Valier du Thiey. The only time I had ever stopped there were when I was waiting for a bus or waiting to meet friends who would give me a lift. I found that it had a rather nice market square, which was a nice place to stop for a coffee or a spot of antiquing and that there was a wonderful palm-lined avenue that ran from the modern city at the base of the hill on which Grasse is located to the old town higher up the mountain. This all seemed nice, but not for one minute had I considered Grasse as a primary tourist objective - it was always somewhere I stopped along the way.However, when my mother came to...Read More

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Fragonard Factory & Museum
20 Boulevard Fragonard
Grasse, France 06130
33 (0) 4 93 36 44 65

Provence Costume and Jewelry Museum

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Attraction | "Bizarrely Displayed"

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The Costume and Jewellery Museum in Grasse is one of a series of museums and exhibitions funded by the Fragaonnard perfume company, which is head-quartered in Grasse. It was established by the Fragonnard company to showcase some of the clothes worn by young women in the 1800s and jewellery seen in France at the same time. If I am honest, when I saw the entrance to this museum and the description of its contents, I did not feel too excited. It didn't really look like it was going to be quite my cup of tea. However, as I was with my mother who was visiting the Cote d'Azur for just one week, I thought we may as well see what was on offer. The fact that admission was free also encouraged I wil...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 2, 2012

Provence Costume and Jewelry Museum
2 Rue Jean Ossola
Grasse, France 06130

Museum of Provencal Art and History

Attraction | "Old, Dusty and Interesting ... ish"

Museum of Provencal Art and History Photo, Grasse, France
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Even though the capital of Bulgaria is now located in Sofia in the West of the country, much of the nation's history is situated in its Eastern reaches close to the cities of Shumen and Varna. The countries first two capital cities, Pliska and Preslav, are both within 20km of Shumen. Therefore, considering the surrounding region boasts such historical splendour, I was expecting big things from the Shuman Museum. In truth, it did not deliver genuinely 'big' things, but it was rather interesting.My main criticism was that the museum was very much in the old school when it came to its approach to displaying artefacts. There were no real interactive pieces, little on video and two or three lar...Read More

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Museum of Provencal Art and History
2 Rue Mirabeau
Grasse, France
04 93 36 80 20

Fragonard Factory & Museum

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Attraction | "No Perfume, but Worth a Visit"

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I must admit that before visiting Grasse and going through the whole Fragonard experience, I was somewhat hazy on its history. I presumed that the name of the company – which is one of the most famous perfume producers in France - came from the family who had created the company and begun to make perfumes in the 1800s. However, this was not actually the case. Whilst Fragonard was a family business, it was actually set up by a man named Eugene Fuchs before being inherited Jean Manuel Costa and later by his children. The name Fragonard had nothing to do with the people who created the parfumerie. It actually came from an eighteenth and nineteenth century painter: Jean Honore Fragonard.I was ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 2, 2012

Fragonard Factory & Museum
20 Boulevard Fragonard
Grasse, France 06130
33 (0) 4 93 36 44 65