Tourrettes-sur-Loup & Les Violettes

The medieval town of Tourrettes-sur-Loup is known as the “City of Violets.”  The city celebrates the end of the flower harvest in March, with the “Fete de la Violette,” an event that was started by Victor Linton, a jeweller who came to the village in 1947.   The “Victoria” violet, characterized its five petals, long stem, and deep violet color, is a fragrant, winter flower used to make ice cream, jam, candy, beauty products, perfume, cosmetics, & more.  The leaves are cultivated later to make the essence used in many famous perfumes.

Food stalls and violet-themed products were front and center with crowds mingling throughout the town’s cobblestone streets and enjoying the weekend festival – taking time to smell the roses violets!

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