"There had been a forest fire near Grasse, and the Canadair planes had been called out"

Grasse is situated on the French Riviera in the Alpes-Maritime department. It is considered the centre of the French perfume industry and more so the perfume capital of the world, with many specialists training here to distinguish their 'noses' of over 2000 different smells.


Grasse boasts a temperate climate perfect for flower cultivation and a thriving flower farming industry. There are loads of old 'parfumeries' open to the public for tours and a gorgeous old cathedral founded in the 11th century, among other monumental sites.

The Canadair planes are used during forest fires to help fight the flames. They are designed to scoop water out of large areas like the ocean where they then dump the water over the flames.