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May is the month of the rose and where better to celebrate this than in the world’s perfume capital, Grasse, on the French Riviera.  Every year, over a weekend in early to mid May, the city honours the rose in all its forms at a 3 day festival, ExpoRose.  This year 8500 bouquets, 13000 rose bushes and over 25000 cut roses decorated fountains, statues, shop fronts and public squares throughout Grasse.  Dance and music performances, tastings of everything rose-flavoured, along with a market selling rose-themed gifts and food, and of course rose plants of every colour and variety imaginable, complete the festival. 

ExpoRose rose festival Grasse French Riviera

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Over the last couple of weeks we've been busy getting into the Christmas spirit "à la Riviera", going to Christmas markets in vineyards and villages, exploring medieval towns decked out with festive lights and enjoying the sunshine in Nice.  Here is a small selection of images from these visits.

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Sunday Photo - 18 December 2016

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Grasse Christmas Noël

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So many of my good intentions for the blog slip during summer.  Mid June to mid July is by far the busiest time of year for me workwise on top of which I find it hard to write with the kids around and so many fun things to do.  Then we take off for our own holidays (a road trip moving from location to location) and even in this age of 24 hour connectedness technology isn’t infallible; I’ve been without wifi for more days than with over the last month meaning I have barely blogged!  So I have completely failed to keep up my Museum Monday series.  In a bid to rectify the situation I asked 5 local Côte d’Azur/Provence bloggers to share with me their favourite museums.  And here they are:

Cocteau Wunderland Museum Curious Rambler

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