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February 1st, 2014
There are some places in the world that you see and you know immediately you have to spend some time there. That was Tourrettes-Sur-Loup for my family. We were in our camper on our way to Grasse France, when we saw a village that instantly captured all of our attentions.
That’s the nice thing about not being in a rush. If we had been rushing we wouldn’t have given the beautiful village a second thought. But that’s not what we did. We found a campsite a little ways away and made plans to explore the village the next day.
We asked the locals and found out about the small walking path up to the village. The first steps into Tourrettes-Sur-Loup were breathtaking.
We stopped at the Tourist information to ask what to see. It turns out that Tourrettes-Sur-Loup is also known as “the city of violets,” therefore we were told to go to the ice cream shop and try violet ice cream. We were also told that there was a museum about how the violets are grown that is free.
But first thing first, we needed to explore! The village was incredible with amazing views of the other small surrounding towns and a beautiful landscape. Wandering around the village itself was very cool as well due to the winding roads, tall medieval buildings, cobblestone walkways, and friendly locals. It was nice to be able to walk around without all hustle and bustle of tourists.
Then when we came across the ice cream shop we knew we had to try it! All the flavors were unique: lavender, grapefruit, rose, and of course…violet. I choose to try violet considering we were in the city of violets. It didn’t disappoint. Topped with candied violets and with a unique and delicious flavor, it made its way to the top five best ice creams list for me.
After the ice cream we headed to the Museum of Violets. The museum was lots of fun. You got to learn some of the history of how violets became so big in Tourrettes-Sur-Loup, see how they were grown, and taste different candied flowers and herbs.
Tourrettes-Sur-Loup was a incredible village that I am so glad we stopped to see. It was well worth the stop and is one of my favorite places we have seen so far in France.