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Being an active trading city since the Middle Ages, Grasse has managed to maintain the original urban structure of this period. The old town’s architectural pattern - a snaking network of tiny alleys, arched tunnels, steps and small squares - leaves traces of successive extensions around the original summit called Le Puy [The Hill].

Grasse is not a city where one visits monument after monument; it's a city which is still alive, a very ancient regional metropolis. It's a crossroad between the sea and the mountains, which should be discovered one street at a time - savored at a leisurely pace - with an inquisitive eye.

The very warm color range and the play between light and shadows creates exciting combinations - as does the encounter of modern needs in a historical environment. But at times they might seem somewhat superfluous.

As for example this single traffic light, which was situated next to one of the stairs, so I assumed it wasn't meant for traffic going that way. But on the other hand, there was no other street crossing, so...

I waited for it to turn red, but it never did...

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 849] (2454)
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