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”

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”