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  • Do You Agree that Grasse is for Inhaling?

    Do You Agree that Grasse is for Inhaling?

    Grasse, as Joe Namath very nearly said, is not for visiting, it’s for smoking. And you’d be surprised how many locals share this opinion, at least the first half of it: that your time would be better spent going somewhere else (not to put too fine a point on it.) Nice-Matin, our local rag, recently dedicated a photo spread to the refutation of this very idea that Grasse is ugly, that there is ... Do You Agree that Grasse is for Inhaling? Read More »
  • Sniff Your Way to the Garden of Scents

    Sniff Your Way to the Garden of Scents

    What Made Grasse Famous Has Made a Smell-O-Rama Convert Out Of Me Few people have ever regretted that Hollywood failed to further evolve its 1950s format of Smell-O-Rama which allowed the movie houses to pipe in scents for the purpose of highlighting the cinematic narrative. Full disclosure: I have always been one of those Smell-O-Rama skeptics – until last weekend, that is, when we visited the garden of scents, the Musée Internationale de ... Sniff Your Way to the Garden of Scents Read More »
  • Professional Cycling: Is it Just All Sweat and Lycra?

    Professional Cycling: Is it Just All Sweat and Lycra?

    A Walk in Sanremo Professional cycling. Don’t you just love it? Sprinter Alessandro Petacchi winning Milan-San Remo in 2005 You don’t? Too much lycra, too much sweat running down contorted faces, too much time-where-not-very-much-appears-to-be-happening-at-all? Races remind you of those depression era dance marathons where the last guy standing wins? Of who-can-hold-his-breath-the-longest contests? Oh well. That is certainly one way of seeing it. But there is another way, too. Plenty of ... Professional Cycling: Is it Just All Sweat and Lycra? Read More »

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