Melting Around Côte d’Azur With Our Dogs

Côte d’Azur is too astonishing to be driving on the highway and not being able to absorb its beauty. We stopped in every village between Nice and Saint Tropez. Continue reading “Melting Around Côte d’Azur With Our Dogs”

Dogs Sniffing Fragrances In Grasse The Perfume Capital Of The World

The Maison Molinard was founded in 1849 in Grasse, the world's perfume capital.

It was Catherine de Medici, wife of King Henri II, who introduced perfumes to France. She “brought” (he sounds kidnapped to me) her perfume maker from Italy and his lab was linked to her with a secret passage, so no formula could be stolen.

The perfumes enjoyed success when scented gloves became popular and replaced the smelly ones and the court of King Louis XV was called a fragrant courtyard. He required a different scent every day from his courtesan, Madame de Pompadour, who ordered huge supplies. Perfumes were applied even to furniture and they replaced soap and water. An “excellent” idea.

Two liters of cologne was delivered to Napoleon every week, while Josephine preferred a musk and used it so much that her boudoir smelled sixty years after her death. Continue reading “Dogs Sniffing Fragrances In Grasse The Perfume Capital Of The World”

Our Dogs Loved Running Through The Lavender Fields In Provence

Maltese dog on the perfect selfie spot with Gordes Provence in the back.

The lavender was my obsession with this trip.

On each trip, I discover some new obsession, so A. runs around the country trying to satisfy my desires. This time it was lavender fields.

We do have lavender in Croatia, but my obsessions are not run by any logic. Continue reading “Our Dogs Loved Running Through The Lavender Fields In Provence”

From Biarritz To Rocamadour With Dogs And Monkeys

Maltese dog in Rocamadour with the church of Our Lady of Rocamadour Black Madonna

The first thing you notice when you enter France, coming from Spain, is that people on the street don't scream while talking.

Even the children behave.

And yes, the dogs are everywhere, behaving even better than anyone else. Continue reading “From Biarritz To Rocamadour With Dogs And Monkeys”

Giving France One More Chance

While living in Barcelona and driving back home to Croatia, I used to cross France two times a month. I have to admit my experiences were rather negative.

People not able to communicate with me, irritate me, considering I speak, write and read 5 languages. How much easier could I make it for you?

I could learn French?

Yes, I could, I learn languages with ease. I just refuse to learn French. I prefer to learn Swahili. Continue reading “Giving France One More Chance”