A day trip to Grasse

One goes to Grasse, perfume capital of the world, to smell the roses, the patchouli, the jasmine, the citrus, the caramel and the musk. We weren’t disappointed. In the historic Fragonard parfumerie, which has a fascinating collection of artefacts connected to  perfume, the air was deliciously scented with an expert concoction of some of these ingredients (quite possibly super-charged with ‘linger-here’ and ‘buy-now’ pheromones). In the Fragonard shop we sniffed and sprayed enthusiastically until I could no longer distinguish the sage...