French culture is not only presented behind ropes and glass; it is a living entity, which breathes, told through the lyrical landscapes of the country, the villages of picture books and the local population. Here, the hills blend into rolling lavender fields and the vineyards unfold fold after fold. Likewise, culture is richly expressed through food and wine, whether it’s a lovingly crafted Normandy cheese, a Michelin-starred menu in Paris, or a glass of rosé in the restaurants. vineyards of Provence. For history buffs, France dazzles, from medieval castles and Gothic abbeys to museums bringing the past to life. Come back to the present, and simply going for a stroll is to immerse yourself in French culture; listen to the language, stop at a local bakery or admire a craftsman’s workshop. Dive into France and you’ll be amazed at what you find, and if you need a little more inspiration, here are six ways to get the most out of your next trip.
1. Make your own perfume in Provence
Even the French become nostalgic at the mention of Provence. In the hills north of Cannes, Grasse is a perfume lover’s dream, undulating fields of lavender, roses, jasmine, violet and mimosa. The Ocher City of the Hill has been awarded UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status for its 500-year-old perfumery history, as featured in its International Perfume Museum. To find out more, book a place in a one or two hour workshop to make your own perfume at Fragonard, Galimard or Molinard. The region is known for its May Rose and Jasmine, both of which are widely used in perfumes and perhaps featured most often in Chanel # 5.
While you’re at it …
The scents of the earth also enter the local wines. The Provence Wine Route brings together some of the most beautiful cellars and cellars in the region. And if you want to put contemporary art into the equation, stop by the Commanderie de Peyrassol dotted with sculptures in Flassans-sur-Issole, or at Château La Coste in Puy-Sainte-Reparade, where 36 works dot the vines. at the cutting edge of technology, Cellar designed by Jean Nouvel.