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Things to see and do in Grasse, the world capital of perfume



Street view of the city of Grasse decorated with pink umbrellas
Pink vibes: 2,800 pink umbrellas have been displayed across the streets of Grasse to welcome the ExpoRose

Now that the Cannes Film Festival is over and stars have hopped to other Summer events in Europe, it is time to stretch alongside the French Riviera and get to know nearby charming cities.

Not far from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (30 kilometres) and 15 kilometres from Cannes, you will find Grasse, an olfactory oasis that, for centuries, has been captivating visitors with its enchanting scents and rich cultural heritage. Renowned as the perfume capital of the world (and with many museums and shops about the subject to prove it), Grasse’s history as an established perfume production centre dates back to the 17th century, when the local climate and fertile soil made it an ideal location for cultivating aromatic plants in France.

Some of those plants even have their own festival in Grasse. Over the past 50 years, Grasse hosts the ExpoRose in May. In 2023, for the fourth consecutive year, 2,800 pink umbrellas have been suspended in some of the perfume town’s narrow streets in homage to the city’s beloved roses. And two months later, the Jasmine Festival, a three-day celebration taking place during the first week of August, sees the town celebrating another flower to have dominated local perfume production over many centuries.

Here are some captivating experiences to immerse yourself in when visiting Grasse.

Fragonard Perfume Museum (Musée du Parfum Fragonard)

No visit to Grasse would be complete without discovering the secrets of perfume creation. At the iconic Fragonard Perfume Museum, situated in a charming 18th-century mansion, you can learn about the history and art of perfumery. Even better: admission to the museum, which opens from Tuesday to Saturday, between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM, is free. To find out more and plan your visit, head to the perfume museum website on:

Fragonard Perfume Museum is set in a Napoleon III town-house built in 1860 | Photo: Marcio Delgado

Galimard Perfumery

One of the oldest perfume houses in Grasse, Galimard Perfumery offers a guided tour through the perfumery’s workshops where you can also see up close the craftsmanship involved in creating signature scents. The experience will also let you know more about the art of perfume blending. The tour costs €5 per person and is available from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information, visit

Museum of Art and History of Provence (Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Provence)

Delve into the rich cultural heritage of the Provence region at the Museum of Art and History of Provence. Housed in a beautifully restored 18th-century mansion, the museum showcases a remarkable collection of regional art, historical artifacts, and traditional costumes. Admission to the museum costs €4 for adults, €2 for students and seniors, and is free for children under 18. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For additional details, visit

Parfumerie Molinard

Experience the legacy of perfume making at Parfumerie Molinard, a historic perfume house founded in 1849. Embark on a guided tour to discover the perfume-making process, from the selection of raw materials to the creation of signature scents. Gain insights into Molinard’s century-old expertise and explore their collection of fragrances. Entry to the factory is free, and guided tours start at €8 per person. The perfumery is open daily from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM. For more information, visit

International Perfume Museum (Musée International de la Parfumerie)

Explore the fascinating world of perfumery at the International Perfume Museum, which showcases the history, art, and science behind fragrance creation. Discover the techniques employed throughout the ages, view a collection of rare perfume bottles, and gain insights into the cultural significance of perfumes. The museum also features an impressive collection of artifacts, distillation equipment, and interactive exhibits. Entry costs €6 per person, and the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

TIP: Adult tickets for the International Perfume Museum are half price when you show a TER train ticket for Grasse or Mouans-Sartoux dated the same day as your visit.

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Musée Provençal du Costume et du Bijou

Grasse is not only about scents. While visiting the fragrant city in the French Riviera, you can also stop by the Provençal Museum of Costume and Jewellery is located at the gateway to the old town of Grasse in a former residence of the Marquise de Cabris. Sharing a collector’s passion with her husband, Hélène Costa had an immoderate taste for Provençal traditions. Throughout her life, she collected an impressive number of Provençal clothes and jewellery typical of her much beloved region. Her collection led to the opening in 1997 of the Provençal Museum of Costume and Jewellery. Today the Provençal Museum of Costume and Jewellery is home to a unique collection of clothing and jewellery from the 18th to the late 19th century, including skirts, corsets, crosses, earrings, and more. The Provençal Museum of Costume and Jewellery in Grasse opens Monday to Sunday from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:00 – 6:30 PM and it is free to visit. To find out more: The Provençal Museum of Costume.

Cathedral Notre-Dame-du-Puy

Immerse yourself in Grasse’s architectural wonders with a visit to the stunning Cathedral Notre-Dame-du-Puy. Dating back to the 11th century, this Romanesque-style cathedral showcases a remarkable blend of art and history. Marvel at its intricate stained glass windows and admire the elegant beauty of its facade. Entrance to the cathedral is free, and it is open daily from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.

Best Time to Visit Grasse

To fully appreciate Grasse’s aromatic allure and explore its attractions comfortably, the best time to visit is during the spring and early summer months of April to June. The pleasant weather allows for strolls through the gardens and leisurely exploration of the town’s charming streets, while the blooming flowers enhance the olfactory experience.

Getting to Grasse

Grasse is located between Cannes and Nice and conveniently accessible by various means of transportation.

By Air: The nearest international airport is Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE), located approximately 30 kilometers from Grasse. From the airport, you can hire a car, take a taxi, or use public transportation to reach Grasse.

By Train: Grasse has a train station that connects to the regional railway network. Trains from major cities, including Nice and Cannes, offer easy access to Grasse. Prices are very reasonable, too: a return tickets from Cannes to Grasse will cost you under €10.

By Car: If you prefer to drive, Grasse can be reached via the A8 highway. The town is well-connected by road, and there are ample parking facilities available once you get there.

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Millions of people in Britain admit to making costly car mistakes



a car being driven through the snow in the UK
Survey shows that 45% of Brits have driven without making sure that their screens and mirrors were properly clear

As winter takes hold and temperatures start to drop, a recent research by Aviva reveals the most common mistakes drivers could be making when it comes to getting behind the wheel this winter.

The research, which surveyed 2,000 Brits, reveals that more than a quarter (28%) are leaving their cars running to de-ice screens, with older generations most likely to take the risk. Over a third of those aged 75+ (41%) and those aged 65-74 (34%) leave their car on to de-ice screens, compared to 17% of 18-24 year-olds and 24% of 25-34 year-olds.

By doing so, Brits may be unwittingly putting themselves at risk with most car insurance policies excluding thefts of vehicles while the engine is still running. This is also an offence under Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 which states that drivers cannot leave vehicles running and unattended while on a public highway, otherwise known as ‘quitting’.

When looking at visibility, the research reveals that almost half (45%) of Brits have driven without making sure that their screens and mirrors were properly clear. By doing so, motorists could also be risking a fine under Section 229 of the Highway Code, which states that all drivers ‘must be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all windows’.

The top 10 winter driving habits that could cause issues:

1. I have left my car running to de-ice the screen and warm it up:  28%
2. I have driven in gloves:  21%
3. I have driven in a big winter coat:  20%
4. I have driven even though there is snow on the top of my car:  19%
5. I have driven even though the screen was not fully de-iced or de-misted:  16%
6. I have driven without checking that my number plate was clear:  16%
7. I have driven even though the screen wasn’t clear:  15%
8. I have driven even though I was too tired: 14%
9. I have driven even though the mirrors weren’t fully clear:  14%
10. I have driven through floodwater or a ford:  13%

“While we all want to get to our next destination as quickly as possible, it pays to be safe, particularly as the risk of an accident typically increases during the winter months. Spending five or ten minutes to prepare your car means that not only are you more likely to avoid an accident, but also a hefty fine – which can be as much as £1,000 – points on your licence or even a driving ban in the worst case scenario”, says Martin Smith, Motor Claims Manager at Aviva.

Other British driving habits include leaving the car unlocked to quickly pop into somewhere (13%), pouring boiling water over a car windscreen to de-ice it (11%) as well as wearing inappropriate footwear such as heels (9%) or wellies/snowboots (7%). Those driving whilst wearing inappropriate clothing and footwear could also risk a fine under Rule 97 of the Highway code which states that you should ensure: ‘clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner’.

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5 of the cheapest ski resorts in Europe this winter



The Bulgarian ski resort of Borovets comes out on top as the cheapest, where a beer costs just £1.17 and a lift pass costs less than £30 a day.
The Bulgarian ski resort of Borovets comes out on top as the cheapest, where a beer costs just £1.17 and a lift pass costs less than £30 a day

Whether you are a seasoned skier or a first-timer, one thing that is for sure is that skiing can be a very expensive trip. Even if you don’t enrol for a celebrity-like skiing weekend, following on the footsteps of Kim Kardashian, Orlando Bloom, or Gwyneth Paltrow, the costs can pile up. as research shows Brits fork out between £500 and £750 per person on spending money for a ski trip. 

If you are keen to hit the slopes but are being mindful of the pennies, here is a shortlist of five of the cheapest resorts you can visit in Europe, based on the average cost of a lift pass, accommodation, ski rental, and of course food and drinks.

“Skiing can be a very expensive holiday, especially for families. However, there are some fantastic resorts out there offering surprisingly reasonable prices, without compromising on those amazing views and fantastic ski runs”, says Laura Evans-Fisk, head of digital and engagement at eurochange. “Borovets in Bulgaria came out on top as the cheapest ski resort. It’s definitely an underrated destination, with unbelievably low prices for food and drink, and a whole week lift pass for less than £150.” 

Borovets, Bulgaria

Topping the list is bargain-friendly Borovets, Bulgaria. The country is quickly becoming a cheap and cheerful favourite spot for skiers, and it’s easy to see why. Located in the Rila mountains, Borovets is an all-round resort providing luxury amenities at very reasonable prices. With fabulous nightlife as well as gentle slopes for beginners, it’s an ideal destination for adults and families alike. Ski passes start from just £29 per day, so you could really save some cash if you visit for just a few days.  

  • Adult lift pass (6 days): Лв370 (£143.75)
  • Ski rental (6 days): Лв155 (£60.22) 
  • Accommodation (per night): From Лв135 (£52.45) 
  • Beer: Лв3 (£1.17) 
  • Wine: Лв6 (£2.33) 
  • 3-course meal: Лв15 (£5.83) 

Vogel, Slovenia

Lesser known than its Austrian and Italian neighbours, Slovenia’s Vogel resort is no less spectacular. Tucked away in the stunning Julian Alps, Vogel offers exceptional value alongside outstanding snow sports facilities and stunning views. The après is one of the cheapest around, with beer costing just €2, and a three-course meal setting you back just €17. 

Les Houches, France 

For a Mont Blanc ski holiday without the Chamonix prices, look no further than Les Houches. A top choice for families, this picturesque village is quiet at night, while the neighbouring high-altitude areas are perfect for advanced skiers. A six-day adult ski pass is less than £200 and equipment can be rented for less than £100 for the week. 

  • Adult lift pass (6 days): €197 (£158.46) 
  • Ski rental (6 days): from €114 (£91.70) 
  • Accommodation (per night): From €77 (£61.94) 
  • Beer: €2 (£1.61) 
  • Wine: €5 (£4.02) 
  • 3-course meal: €20 (£16.09) 

Livigno, Italy 

Nestled in the heart of the Alps, Italy‘s Livigno offers sterling snowsport facilities for all skill levels, from absolute beginners to black slope aficionados. And thanks to its tax-exempt status, Livigno provides premium resort standards at budget prices, giving you far more for your euros than most other ski destinations on the continent.

  • Adult lift pass (6 days): €223* (£179.38) 
  • Ski rental (6 days): from €74.00* (£59.52) 
  • Accommodation (per night): From €101 (£81.24) 
  • Beer: €3 (£2.41) 
  • Wine: €10 (£8.04) 
  • 3-course meal: €30 (£24.13) 
Grindelwald is one of the more affordable resorts for getting the Swiss ski holiday experience.

Grindelwald, Switzerland

While Switzerland tends to be an expensive country to visit, Grindelwald is one of the more affordable resorts for getting the Swiss ski holiday experience. Even if you’re not a keen skier, there are plenty of other activities to try out, including tobogganing and winter walking.  Set in the beautiful Jungfrau mountains, Grindelwald provides a picture-perfect slice of the Alps for far less than you’d expect.

  • Adult lift pass (6 days): SFr385 (£308.79) 
  • Ski rental (6 days): from SFr237 (£190.09) 
  • Accommodation (per night): From SFr57 (£45.72) 
  • Beer: SFr2 (£1.60) 
  • Wine: SFr13 (£10.43) 
  • 3-course meal: SFr24 (£19.25) 

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New iPhone photography exhibition opens in Paris



A shot of some of the work being displayed at the iPhone 15 photo exhibition in Paris
The two-day event held at the Salon Corderie features work from five photographers, all shot on iPhone

“I Remember You,” a two-day photography exhibition, has opened today in Paris highlighting original work shot on iPhone 15 Pro Max.

The collective work of photographers Malin Fezehai, Karl Hab, Vivien Liu, Mika Ninagawa, and Stefan Ruiz incorporates people, places, and things that move them, exploring memories and the power of photography to preserve them.

“‘I Remember You’ brings together five photographers who share their deeply personal conceptions of memory, connection, and nostalgia,” explains Isolde Brielmaier, Ph.D., the exhibition’s curatorial advisor. “It is a moving glimpse of life, preserved in time.”

In celebration of the opening, each artist spoke about how iPhone has contributed to their creative process and what they hope people will remember from their featured work.

Malin Fezehai is an Eritrean/Swedish photographer, filmmaker, and visual reporter currently living in New York. She has worked in over 40 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and America. Fezehai is a National Geographic explorer, and in 2023, she became a Climate Pledge grantee. She is working on a project about adaptation to living on water. Her career started in her native Sweden, where she studied photography before attending the International Center of Photography in New York. Her work focuses on communities of displacement and dislocation around the world. She was commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme to photograph survivors of violent extremism across sub-Saharan Africa and published a book titled Survivors. She has received a 2015 World Press Photo Award and the Wallis Annenberg Prize, and was named one of the “30 Emerging Photographers to Watch” in 2015 by Photo District News. Her image depicting a wedding of Eritrean refugees in Israel was the first iPhone photo ever to receive a World Press Photo Award.

“The integration of the iPhone into my photography workflow marked a significant shift in how I perceive and capture the world around me — feeling more inclined to capture life as it happens — the fleeting, candid moments that often define the human experience,” Fezehai says. “Its ease of use and ability to capture high-quality images effortlessly enables me to explore and document the ordinary in extraordinary ways. That sentiment is embodied in the work I created for the show.”

“I Remember You” will be on display at the Salon Corderie in Le Marais in Paris on Friday, November 10, and Saturday, November 11, from 11 am to 7 pm.

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