The Wild Flowers

The little fishing villages of the coast, although often very poor, must have had a potent charm in the 1920s and early 1930s.  And in the tranquil hills which rose high above, dotted with their small iron crosses, there was much loveliness. The perfume industry at Grasse was prospering and the harvests of wonderfully scented flowers ran almost throughout the year. These began with violets, then the species hyacinths and jonquils. In June came the roses de mai and orange blossom, mignonette and carnations. In July the gathering of the tiny jasmine flowers was followed by the waxy and delicate tuberoses.  An edition of the English language publication La Saison de Cannes tried to encourage the international set to explore the pine-scented hillsides and seek out at least a few of their 164 villages and the multi-coloured anemones and wild blue orchids on their terraces, backed by the scented open spaces of the garrigue or shrub land. Few did. Apart from sorties to the already fashionable St Paul de Vence, it was the beaches, yachts, casinos, elegant villas and, above all, others of their own kind that were the great attraction.”

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A few words from Chapter Three of the forthcoming

Living and Loving on the Riviera by Maureen Emerson.

Spring flowers in the hills above Nice in March 2015

Spring flowers in the hills above Nice in March 2015

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