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The Space Flight To The Moon

This historic event took place forty years ago. This is the first time in history that Apollo 11 spacecraft left the Earth and landed on the Moon. This is when the man put his foot on the moon for the first time. Inside the post you will see stunning images of this important event.

Fantastic Colors of Sri Lanka!

School children descend the steps as they return after a visit to the rock fortress in Sigiriya. Sigiriya (Lion’s rock), an ancient rock fortress and palace ruin situated in central Sri Lanka is a World Heritage Site.

A child holds an oil lamp in front of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) as they take part in a procession during the Esala Perahera festival in the ancient hill capital of Kandy. The festival features a nightly procession of Kandyan dancers, fire twirlers, traditional musicians and elephants and draws thousands of spectators from around the country.

Sri Lankan officer cadets march at a ceremony for 281 new army officers’ graduation at the central hill town of Diyatalawa.

Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan bowls at a practice session ahead of the second one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, in Dambulla.

A fisherman prepares his net for the night at Kandalama Lake, near Dambulla.

A visitor looks at frescoes on a rock face at the rock fortress in Sigiriya. Sigiriya (Lion’s rock) is a popular tourist destination renowned for its ancient fresco paintings.

The shadow of the rock fortress is seen on the forest canopies below, in Sigiriya.

Kandyan dancers perform in front of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) as they take part in a procession during the Esala Perahera festival in the ancient hill capital of Kandy

A man displays a 3-day-old green turtle hatchling before releasing it into the ocean at a turtle hatchery in Kosgoda, north of Galle. Of the world’s eight turtle species, Sri Lanka is home to five. Turtle hatcheries along the coast provide a way of earning a living for the people running them and also help combat the poaching of turtle eggs.

Three elephants, including one carrying a casket believed to contain a Buddha tooth relic (center), stand in front of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) as they take part in a procession during the Esala Perahera festival in Kandy

An elephant feeds at an elephant orphanage in Pinnawala The elephant orphanage aims to take care of orphaned or abandoned elephants in the jungles of Sri Lanka. The mahouts, or elephant keepers, feed the elephants and take them twice a day to a nearby river for bathing and drinking water.

An elephant herd bathes at a river near an elephant orphanage in Pinnawala

A Buddha statue is reflected in a lake at the Tsumani Honganji Vihara in Peraliya, north of Galle. The statue at the Vihara, along the coast, was built with Japanese assistance after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

People sit on the edge of a lookout on the walls of a 16th century Dutch fort as the sun sets in Galle.

Sri Lankan fishermen, also known locally as stick fishermen, sit perched on stilts fixed into the ocean floor as they fish in Koggala area, south of Galle

A Sri Lankan fisherman avoids a wave as he wades into the water to take his place on stilts, south of Galle

A Sri Lankan girl peeps from her window as the train rolls out from the railway station in Galle

Sri Lankan torch bearers wait for festivities to begin on opening night of the annual Kandy Esala Perahera festival Kandy.

Hindu devotees take part in a procession of chariots during the annual Chariot Festival in Wellawattha

A monkey rests on a wall as another grooms it at the rock fortress ruins in Sigiriya, near Dambulla

Sri Lankan traditional dancers from Budawatta Dance Troupe perform during the launch of "Meet in Sri Lanka" campaign, in New Delhi, India, Friday, July 31, 2009. The campaign is launched by Sri Lankan Tourism Ministry and Sri Lankan airlines to attract tour operators and Indian tourists.

Christian priest holds a small idol of Our Lady of Good Voyage as her main idol lies covered in floral tributes and decorations, right, atop a fishing boat, at a fishing port in Negambo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 19, 2009. Fishermen of the Christian community take out a traditional annual procession of the Lady of Good Voyage from a local church by foot and then later by boat to the ocean, as an expression of thanks for what the community considers her blessings for safe voyage.

Fishermen push their boat ashore as they use the waves to help them get it onto the beach in Unawatuna.

A Sri Lankan fisherman walks into the water in the Koggala area, Sri Lanka.

Golden Temple Amritsar

Lahore (1946)

Indian boys playing atop an old military cannon built in 1761 which stands on the grounds of the Jubilee Museum Technical Institute, Prince Albert Memorial Museum.

Location: Lahore, India Date taken:1946

Man cooking food over a brazier in the bkgd. as men sit down at counter to partake of dishes covered by cheesecloth at food stall in market.

Location: Lahore, India Date taken:1946

Moslem woman in purdah walking w. others on street.

Location: Lahore, India Date taken:1946

Man stirring food in large pot which has been heating over coals.

Location: Lahore, India Date taken:1946

Herd of bullocks on the street.

Location: Lahore, India Date taken:1946

Butcher brandishing a switch over cuts of meat to keep the flies away in his stall at market.

Location: Lahore, India Date taken:1946

Goats loll around the feet of woman looking over fabrics at stall in market.

Location: Lahore, India Date taken:1946

Man using a hand-cranked sewing machine to make clothes as he smokes a hooka pipe in his shop.

Location: Lahore, India Date taken:1946

View of the exterior of Jubilee Museum Technical Institute, Prince Albert Memorial Museum an old military cannon built in 1781 being inspected by visitors.

Location: Lahore, India

All Photographs by:

Margaret Bourke-White, (1904-1971)
American photographer and documentary photographer.

Pushkar Mela, Rajasthan India

Pushkar Mela – annual fair of camels and other livestock, which is held in Pushkar in the Indian state of Rajasthan, where each year sell more than 25 thousand camels.

The fair attracts thousands of tourists, camels, merchants, drivers, local residents and the faithful Indians, who came to bathe in the holy Pushkar lake.

And in the last day of celebrating Kartik Purnima – Indian holy day, celebrated on the full moon in the month of Kartik. In this issue are pictures reporter agency «Associated Press» Kevin Fryer, made during his trip to the fair Pushkar Mela this year.

Grasse, France The Perfume Kingdom


Grasse, in southern Provence, is found 16 km north of Cannes. It was originally best known as a centre for leather tanners, but this gave way to perfume production, for which the town is still famous today.

It is a pleasant and quite sizable town, with an old town holding an excess of medieval buildings, narrow streets, and cafes and restaurants.

One particular highlight is the town hall – don’t miss the interior courtyard, with its decorative fountain, and the view across the town centre.

There is a daily market in the main arcaded square and there are lovely views from the town.

The Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-Puy is also worth a visit – it contains three paintings by Rubens.

The town has a museum celebrating Art in Provence, and there is also an International Museum of Perfume.

Grasse Perfume

Grasse has had a prospering perfume industry since the end of the 18th century – Grasse is the center of the French perfume industry and is known as the world’s perfume capital (la capitale mondiale des parfums). It produces over two-thirds of France’s natural aromas (for perfume and for food flavourings). This industry turns over more than 600 million euros a year.

Grasse’s particular microclimate encouraged the flower farming industry. It is warm and far enough inland to be sheltered from the sea air. There is an abundance of water thanks to its situation in the hills, and the 1860 construction of the Siagne canal for irrigation purposes. The town is 350 m above sea level and 20 km from the Coast (Côte d’Azur).

Jasmine, a key ingredient of many perfumes, was brought to the South of France by the Moors in the 16th century. Twenty-seven tonnes of jasmine are now harvested in Grasse every year.

Grasse old town street, calm and colourful.

Grasse, Côte d’Azur, France; looking over La Plaine de Grasse, where roses used to grow in their thousands.

Once tiny and awaft with aromas, Grasse is now hulking and pungent with diesel fumes. A hilly place crowded with expatriates dreaming of a quaint, semi-rural home, Grasse is not much of a tourist attraction; it’s one of those sad places with a magical name but an ambience that has slipped away while no one was looking and the town planners were out to lunch.
Still, tourists keep on coming as it’s only 20 minutes or so from Nice or Cannes, the small old town area is of some interest and the perfumeries do a good job of freely entertaining and educating while later extracting €uros for minute, smelly bottles.

Grasse’s famous, historic Fragonard perfume factory, with free museum, multilingual tours and golden gift shop.

Hint: if you’re driving to Grasse leave the wheels as soon as possible in one of the underground parks, trying to find a roadside space is near impossible, not to mention the casual French habit of battering their way into a tight space may cause trouble with the rental agency when they see the dents. This photo was taken from on top of one of the town centre car parks.

The diminuitive, admission-free Fragonard museum displays some fine perfume-related artefacts. Among other Grasse perfumeries with free tours and museums are Molinard and Galimard.

An English language tour explaining the ancient perfume distillation process.

Grasse has been the centre of the world’s perfume trade since the 18thC due to the fine climate and sheltered habitat that permitted extensive flower farming, though of course these days most perfumes are synthetically produced. Still, two-thirds of France’s flavours and scents are produced in Grasse every year and it’s an essential stop for ‘nose’ training.

Testing perfumes on paper strips in the delightful – though slightly pushy – Fragonard shop.

At the beginning of every August there is a Jasmin Festival [Fête du Jasmin or La Jasminade] involving flowery floats cruising through Grasse crewed by nubile maids in who throw flowers into the crowds. The town also hosts free firework displays, parties, music groups and street activities.

Visit Grasse (Provence, Alpes-Maritimes) travel, gites and hotels

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Airports near Grasse

Nice airport at 32 km Toulon airport at 105 km

Tourist Classifications for Grasse

– Listed as “Ville d’Art et Histoire” (ie focus on preserving the town heritage)
– approved Station Classée (resort paying particular attention to facilities for tourism)

Places to visit near Grasse, Provence

Explore places of interest within about 70 kilometres on a map at places near Grasse. Some places to visit within 30 km: 24 km: Antibes (Riviera town) 19 km: Biot (attractive town) 25 km: Cagnes-sur-Mer (Village and Chateau Grimaldi) 15 km: Cannes (Important Riviera resort) 26 km: Cap Esterel (Holiday village) 32 km: Frejus (Coastal town) 9 km: Gourdon (Most beautiful village) 23 km: Juan-les-Pins (Beach resort) 22 km: Saint-Paul-de-Vence (Popular hilltop village) 31 km: Saint-Raphael (French Riviera resort) 22 km: Vence (Attractive town)