Published on 08/05/13 in In travel
I am so very fond of the town of Grasse, amongst other because this is the setting of some parts of my novel “Fragrances”. A typical Provence town with its charming atmosphere, Grasse is located in the hills within half an hour drive from Cannes. What inspired me here? Everything! Starting from the perfumeries where for centuries essences are produced, extracted from the petals of precious flowers -and I visited them all, one by one, with great attention. Thus was born from my imagination the perfumery of grandfather Stéphane Lemaire: and through him, I was able to describe the secrets of his craft. Along the narrow streets that line the small patrician houses of the town, the history of the place transpired in all its charm.
I chose this environment for the home of my heroine and through her, I set out to an enthusiastic narration of a lifetime. And then there's that air of Provence that you breathe and which comes from the atmosphere and beauty of the landscapes. There are some splendid hills around and the ambience is so different from that of the French Riviera –so much simpler, with a lifestyle focused on quality, traditions and especially the lack of haste. Provence -like Tuscany, is in my heart, although the landscapes are different. In both places, the preponderant trait is the love for the detail and it is the detail that makes them unique. To visit Biot, for example, is a wonderful experience where one marvels at the delightful little local crafts, the same charm one gets walking through Pienza where craftsmanship, especially the food pleases the eye.
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