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Experiencing the Frangrances of the French Riviera

My travels in and around Antibes have been filled with wonderful aromas.  Below I've highlighted 8 that each have a distinct "parfum."
1. The Parfumerie Fragonard
 My friend Shelby and I in front of the perfume factory in Eze during a CEA excursion.

CEA took us to the Parfumerie Fragonard.  Our guide gave us different jars to smell and tested us to see if we could recognize their scents. We smelled coffee, rose, vanilla, lavender, lemon, and many others they use for their perfumes.
2. Wine

 One of the wines Kristin picked out for our CEA group to taste.
Kristin (our CEA program director in Antibes) invited our study abroad group to the CEA office for a wine and cheese tasting. Smelling is an important part of wine tasting. Kristin said not to be afraid to really stick our noses in our wine glasses.
3. Pain, Amour et Chocolat
 In addition to what you can see here, there were chocolate pizzas, blocks of fudge, and various truffles.
The weekend of Valentine's Day, Antibes hosted this chocolate festival. The sweet aroma surrounding the tents was incredibly enticing: I left with much more chocolate than I'd intended to buy!
4. Herbes de Provence
 The Herbes de Provence are at the bottom center.
Herbes de Provence is a classic mix of herbs from the south of France that includes savory, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, and oregano. I added a bit of the herbs to the socca (a traditional Provincial) I made, which made the kitchen smell wonderful as the socca baked in the oven.
5. Coffee
 An Italian cappuccino.
The dark and bitter but pleasant smell rising from this cappuccino did not disappoint: buried beneath a rich layer of foam was a smooth, rich liquid that kept me awake during the CEA excursion to San Remo, Dolce Aqua and Menton.
6. The Countryside of Provence
 View from a hill in Buous.
I drove through the Luberon with another CEA student and two other students from SKEMA (the university we attend). This was my first time in the countryside in France, and the fresh air was incredibly invigorating. The air smelled crisp and cool, for there was still a bit of snow on the ground.
7. Quiche
 From left to right: Casey (my roommate), Françoise (my host mom), and me
Françoise taught Casey, another CEA friend named Allie, and I how to make quiche! It must have eggs, crème fraîche, and cheese contained in the crust, but after that you can add any meat and vegetables you'd like. The smell of the baking eggs and cheese reminded me of breakfast in the U.S. (my breakfasts here tend to include more bread and chocolate than anything else).
8. Le Fête du Citron
 A scuba diver made of oranges, lemons and grapefruits.
I went to Menton for their 81st Lemon Festival. The theme was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. While walking through the exhibition, I was surrounded by the clean, tangy scent of "agrumes."


Lucy Havens is the 2014 MOJO for CEA in Antibes, France.  She is currently a junior at studying Carnegie Mellon University.

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