Nice, Provence/Côte d’Azur # 3 .. Parfumerie Fragonard

Last part of our full day in Nice – a drive up the Corniches .. coastal road that hugs the cliffs between Nice and Monaco … a visit to the Parfumerie Fragonard followed by dinner at La Bergerie d’Eze, an fabulous hilltop family-run restaurant

Firstly our bus made it’s way passed a war memorial ‘for all the sons of Nice who have died for France’  during 20th century conflicts .. (photos thro’ bus window)

.. and Nice’s  Harbour ..

Curious decor for a balcony !!!

… a church where seafarers come to prayer before going out to sea, and families of seafarers come for comfort and prayer when their loved ones are out at sea ..

No sooner were we out of the city, the road ascended being called the Corniches – a trio of coastal roads hugging the cliffs, each higher up the hill than the last.  Nice lies below ..

Parfumerie Fragonard, between Nice and Monaco, high up above the sea, is a perfumery, soap and cosmetics factory equipped with the most modern laboratories and workshops.  We were given a very interesting and informative tour of the labs and workshops ..

On the pinnacle of 427 m peak, behind Fragonard, is the walled medieval stone village of  Èze, well-known for one-off galleries and artisan boutiques ..

No photographs were allowed inside except in the foyer .. light as air purple butterflies hung from the ceiling …

A fascinating experience;  how fragrances, soaps and cosmetics are made with precious oils pressed from thousands and thousands of flowers ..

A display cabinet filled with old labels from ‘back in the day’  …

.. and perfumes ..

In the gardens surrounding the Fragonard building were a couple of rows of Fragonard roses, with large gorgeously fragranced blooms

They’re still beautiful as they fade …

Of course there is the usual shop at the end – the ‘tourist trap’  – to catch you as you leave 🙂  One needs to budget for this one:)   I would love to have filled a basket of soaps and crémes.   All the men were waiting patiently at the door for their better halves!!!  I bought soap for a dear friend, a perfume for Elaine’s birthday and, lucky me …  one for me too 🙂   The perfumes are bottled in stainless steel which prevents evaporation and keeps it perfect for a long long time ..

I was going to add the restaurant and our dinner to this post but I”ll do it next .. the Parfumerie and the restaurant deserve separate posts  🙂

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5 Responses to Nice, Provence/Côte d’Azur # 3 .. Parfumerie Fragonard

  1. Janet says:

    I love harbour shots – not sure why, but they always look so “holidayeee”! What an interesting visit to the perfume factory. Trying to imagine what that perfume smells like – I imagine soft and florally! What a special treat!

  2. Spot on Janet !! soft and florally it is! made with ‘mirabilis,violet,geranium,rose,plum,musk and wood’ it’s very very nice and not sweet

  3. The views from that road is magnificent. Absolutely stunning. And bringing home some real French perfume must have been a much appreciated gift.

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