Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Grasse's Grandeur

Grasse’s Grandeur
In Châteauneuf-Grasse, we stayed at a picturesque B&B. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/208402  Less like any other B&B we’d ever stayed at, this was more a home.  Along with their delightful teenage daughter Lily, Lucy and Wayne were outstanding hosts.  He picked us up upon arrival, escorted us to a local town, drove us back in the rain, and chatted about his life and their B&B history.  She served us coffee and breakfast, helped us navigate the house and environs, and shared her interests with us.  Friendly and helpful without being pushy or prying, these two British hosts have mastered the delicate mixture of hospitality and livelihood. And OMG, the area—natural and neighboring towns—is serene and interesting.  OK, I wouldn’t go back for the shopping; but certainly, I would go back for the genuine affability of our hosts and the exquisiteness of the surroundings.  I’d rent a car, stay longer, and explore more towns.  Thanks, Wayne and Lucy for a warm welcome that lingered with us long after we departed.  

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