We have a few days to spare while Jeannette has a break at Wild Olives after her busy US trip, and until her next tour group arrives here in France.
So after cleaning thousands of Pine needles off Hermione from her ‘little holiday under the trees’, we took the opportunity to head north to the Haute Alpes towards Grenoble, following some of the route that Napoleon took after his exile in Elba to first Paris, and then Waterloo in 1815.
First stop is Castellane, and not because it was a long drive to get there, although it was very picturesque, or there are any great historic sites to see,
but because it has a car museum.
We found some amazing free overnight stops, although one was a little too remote for me in a mountain valley at Sistriere near Torino, Italy.
In the Italian Alps and the ski area is where they held the Winter Olympics a few years ago.
As most of this drive was over mountains the roads that in places seemed only wide enough for one vehicle, and that hugged steep cliffs with no guard rails it was breathtaking, ( read scary) .
Italy was so close so we thought let’s go, and also the Italian markets are amazing! In Saluzzo it was the largest market we have ever seen, spread out over what Brian said was roughly 2 sq kilometers. And they had everything for sale, 20 euro leather handbags, ( I was sooo good and didn’t even buy one) shoes, clothes, beautiful underwear, but how can you buy a bra without trying on? Household items from vacuum cleaner bags to very expensive carving knives.
And a great place for pizza for lunch with my Sweetie Pie.
Grasse is known as the the world’s perfume capital and was a must see for me. We toured both major parfumeries, Fragonard and Molinard and learned about being ‘a nose’, someone that can differentiate over 2000 scents and who are highly sought for the perfume and food industries worldwide.
I failed miserably at the job, after about 15 minutes of smelling different scents my ‘nose’ went on strike.
So there goes my next profession, and the chance for moving to Provence and the French Riviera.