“Our company celebrates its 90 years in 2016. Fragonard parfumeur was established in Grasse, in the Cote d’Azur region of southern France,” the audio guide announced into my ears.
I said to Walter as we toured the Fragonard Perfume Museum, “Ever since I first set eyes on Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s romantic paintings, I was a fan of this amazing artist. His works remind me of Marie Antoinette’s lavish lifestyle.”
“I know, you described it so eloquently in A HAREM BOY’S SAGA – III – DEBAUCHERY: chapter 32 (French Frivolities). When we retire to this part of the world, we’ll live like the queen,” my beloved replied wittily.
“No wonder, the Fragonard parfumeur has a museum in Grasse, to honor the painter’s legacy,” I expressed.
Before I could continue, my beloved remarked, “We’ll visit Jean-Honoré Fragonard Villa-Museum when we leave this parfumeur. I want to see his amazing chateau.”
“So do I,” I championed.
My audio guide continues to explain. “The history of the Maison Fragonard began in 1926 when Eugène Fuchs opened a perfumery named Fragonard, a tribute to the famous painter from Grasse.
“This 18th century building where you stand, housed the original Fragonard perfume factory. Today this historic factory is a museum.
“You will discover the world of perfume and its various manufacturing procedures; from flora selections through to the packaging of the fragrance.
“This museum presents the history of perfume from antiquity to the present via an inspiring collection of images, bottles, boxes and advertising campaigns.”
As we strolled the splendid jardin des fleurs after the tour, I opined to ‘hubby’, “C'est pourquoi je parle de France comme ma vraie maison. Ma deuxième maison. (That is why I speak of France as my real home. My second home)”.
He quipped, “Vous êtes un benêt romantique (You are such a romantic ninny)”.
Bernard Foong (aka Young)
A Harem Boy’s Saga; a memoir by Young
(a 5 – 7 book autobiographical series)
A Harem Boy's Saga (series) - Film Option Agreement signed with UK Film production company.