The city of Grasse, the center of France's perfume industry since the 16th century, has reopened a museum dedicated to the history of scent. The more you know: Marie Antoinette loved violet perfume. [NPR]
Hi girls! I'm a perfume freak and went to l'Osmotheque, which is the perfume museum in Paris, not Grasse. Unforch, it's only open by appointment, but if you do snag one, they have every perfume known to man and God. See here:
But back to Marie-Antoinette, the story that French people tell about her is that when she and the king were fleeing the revolutionary mobs and trying to get to safety, they were disguised. Their coach was stopped and, not being recognized, they were about to be waved on until some revolutionary peered in and smelled her Houbigant perfume, which only the queen wore. And that's how they were recognized and their escape was foiled. The legend is probably not true, but it's a great story nonetheless.
*Big kisses to all the Chandler Burr shout-outs. I sent him a fan letter and he actually wrote back and now we're email buddies. He's way fun and extremely tall.