Heading out of Grasse we decided not to return to the coast but to drive into the hills further and explore the Gorges du Loup – first destination being the hilltop village of Gourdon.
Spectacular scenery, the village is perched atop a cliff with rocky mountains all around.
Great views from this little place, we had spectacular vistas of the coast and the valley from 2,500 feet up.
Lots of cobbled streets, stone houses and quaint shops and of course, delicious ice creams.
We took a winding road down from the village to Pont sur Loup and found some waterfalls. I had read about a walk to view them which took you through a turnstile and cost 1 Euro – this sounded our kind of thing for sure. The waterfalls are next to a little restaurant in the middle of nowhere, we parked there, got into suitable walking shoes and set off. Through the turnstile, we duly paid our fees and found about 20 stone steps down to a viewing balcony. It was about 100 paces, not even a stroll and no need for shoes much less special walking ones, still the waterfalls were pretty.
We carried on to Confiserie Florian where, since 1921 they have been turning fruit and flowers into confectionary products – candied fruits, jams, chocolates, fruit and flower flavoured sweets and crystallised flower petals. The location is impressive, right next to a stream with hills in the background and the remains of a railway bridge, bombed during World War II.
Tours of the factory are free, however once we got inside the Bank Holiday reared its ugly head again and just like the perfume factory there was no production today and no tours. The lady did though put an English DVD on in the visitor area so we could see the production process and hear more about the company.
We made for the little shop, tasted some exquisite rose and violet flavoured jam – so delicious. I would have bought these for sure but transporting jam filled jars on a plane might have proved more than tricky so common sense prevailed. We settled for buying chocolate with rose petals inside – no problem with transporting this on the plane, it was devoured ten minutes after we got into the car. Only regret – we should have bought more.