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“Touring for oldies”

Petit Train de Grasse
Ranked #1 of 2 Transportation in Grasse
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Reviewed 16 September 2014

This was an excellent way to get your bearings and see a little more of Grasse without continually walking up and down. We liked the headsets with the English commentary too.

5  Thank Claire S
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

The whole family loved the train - well worth doing. Our youngest (8 yrs) said it reminded her too much of a school trip but hey anything that has any info does!

1  Thank RuthVR
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Has a commentary in various languages. Nice introduction to the town with a little history. Runs for twenty minutes.

3  Thank SMURPH11
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

We spent a wonderful day in Grasse especially as it was the Rose Festival with petals strewn in all the doorways for this four day event. In the centre square there were wonderful bushes of roses with huge blooms to buy and a marquee for judging others. There were stalls with perfume and other things to buy as well. Near here was the start for the Petit train. It is situated just at the beginning of the square near both the Perfume museum and the Fragonard Factory. It not only took us all over Grasse which is hilly, but gave us a very interesting commentary accompanied by music and at the end Edith Piaf singing "Je ne regret rien" We were amazed at how skilful the driver was at negotiating the tiny streets especially near the Cathedral. We had the added bonus in that events were going on for the festival which we were able to see from the train.

The Perfume museum was fascinating based on several floors; it gave the history of the plants and flowers used, things to smell as well as very informative exhibits and examples of perfume bottles. It is a modern museum which is also light and airy with a gift shop at the end.
We subsequently visited the Fragonard Factory. We viewed the exhibition rooms firstly and then took a guided tour on another floor which was free. The English speaking guide was not only kind, helpful, friendly and informative we were not pressurized in any way to buy from the shop at the end. One could wander at ease and choose things to put in a basket with assistants to help with advice if needed. We were given a smell test of various products and the tour showed us how the soaps etc. are made and the perfume processed. The counter for payment was separate. Even the toilets had their special rose perfume soap.
Grasse is a place where one can relax, feel at ease and simply enjoy the atmosphere. I would imagine it gets very crowded in the summer months and in August they have the Mimosa Festival with a parade but nevertheless despite the crowds it is a place one can enjoy a good meal with lots to see and do. The Fragonard museum was still closed for renovation when we went which was a pity.

7  Thank rondonel
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Grasse is about half an hour inland from Cannes by road and this small town is famous for its perfume. The centre of the town is medieval with small small pedestrian streets with a range of shops focused on local products, from Lavender through to art. From the central square, which cunningly conceals a multi storey carpark beneath it you can quickly stroll around the centre of the town.

If, like me, and you have small children the train sponsored/owned by Fragonard is a worthwhile diversion and leaves on the hour from the central square. For a family the cost was €20. and includes a commentary in a variety of languages.

the trip is essentially two loops of the town so as you return to the starting point, don't be alarmed like me as the second loop goes wider and returns to the old town from the far side of the centre. The whole trip takes about half an hour and includes comment on historic figures such as Napoleon and surprisingly, Queen Victoria.

While the train itself appealed to my kids the commentary didn't, so from their point of view it was boring. My view was that it was a useful distraction before dragging them around the Fragonard building adjacent to the square. The square itself was useful for running around with no fear of the kids being run over.

6  Thank Richard A
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