“Just to travel is rather boring, but to travel with a purpose is educational and exciting.”
I was sad to leave the beautiful Swiss Alps after only two days, but it was time to go to the beach! We passed through Italy for over four hours hours on our bus ride to Cannes, France. We stopped at a rest stop in Italy, so I decided to buy some Italian biscotti cookies for a snack.
We drove along the coastline of the Mediterranean for the majority of the trip, but I was on the incorrect side to get good pictures. Here’s a view from the bus of a gorgeous sunset instead.
When we arrived in Cannes, six of us went out in search of some food and stumbled upon a chic Moroccan restaurant.
I ate chicken kabobs with salad and spicy rice (my favorite part). We explored the expensive beach town of Cannes after dinner.
We found statues of candy all over the city with different country flags
and obviously had to take a picture with the Spanish flag statue.
The following day we traveled to the perfume capital of the world, Grasse in Provence, France.
We took a tour of Galimard to learn how perfume is made, although it ended up being more like an extended advertisement.
Then, we had a chance to make our own!
My friend Kayla and I paired up with the ambition of making a light, flowery perfume named Eurodesire (because the name of our traveling seminar was Eurovision).
Here’s the process step by step:
1. Smell six bottles to figure out what families of scents you prefer. Choose your two favorite.
3. Pour a total of 25 mL of those three or four scents into a graduated cylinder.
5. Choose 6 scents for the heart notes and pour in 5 mL of each.
7. Go outside for a few minutes to give your nose a break.
10. And viola! You made your very own perfume. Wait two weeks before using to allow the scents to fully mix.
We spent the afternoon on the beach in Cannes soaking up the sun, swimming in the temperate Mediterranean, and walking along the shore…not to mention trying to ignore the topless beachgoers.
The next day, we were in the bus all day and stopped in Toulouse for the night before driving to Barcelona. We ate duck for dinner, (which I had originally thought I didn’t like, but I apparently do) went on the internet, and fell asleep. Nearly two weeks of traveling through 4 different countries (5 if you count our afternoon in Italy) is more exhausting than I ever imagined. I had my fill of France and I was very ready for the final destination, Spain!!!