Fantasy Monday: A scented holiday of your choice

fantasyIt’s mid-August, it’s hot and muggy here (for many of us in the Northern Hemisphere at least) and I’m well ready to be done with summer, and to welcome autumn’s charms with open arms. Even though I know Mother Nature likely will not oblige me until at least early October. But in the spirit of our imagination-laden post last week, I’m thinking of faraway places I would love to visit on holiday, a fantasy vacation, if only the wallet were willing.

So, what would be your late summer fantasy trip, holiday or vacation? What scent(s) would you take to accompany you on your journey, or would you just wait and get your fragrance there?

Mine would be a getaway to London, looking forward to at least a few coolish, rainy days, having a lovely afternoon tea or two, wandering about the neighborhoods and parks, and of course, fragrance shopping. And what trip to London would be complete without a visit to Harrod’s in general, and the Roja Dove boutique in particular? And this time around, stops at Ormonde Jayne, the Jo Loves boutique, Amouage, Penhaligon’s and Selfridge’s would round out my fragrant vacation. And I’d swing by Fortnum & Mason, too, for good measure.

And, as it’s my fantasy, I’d travel across the Pond in first-class, stay in a posh hotel within walking distance of Harrod’s, so I could easily make multiple return visits to spritz new scents. I’d also have a private car available to take me to destinations that weren’t close to a Tube station, or to fabulous restaurants at which I could wear fabulous high heels. Never mind that I haven’t been out of my Brooks sneakers or flats in years. 🙂 Hey, if you’re whipping up a fantasy, might as well go big, right?

I visited London in 2002, but was not quite the perfume fiend that I am now, and I had my elderly mother-in-law with me, who does not do well around a lot of fragrance. Besides, our days were jam-packed trying to see all the wonderful sites in London and beyond (it was her first trip there), get some good fish and chips, have a few glorious afternoon teas, and take in some marvelous British theatre. So my fantasy holiday would revolve around fragrance for sure this time.

What about you?

19 Comments
Jaime August 20, 2014

It would have to be France again! The last times I travelled to France, I was living in the UK on exchange during my undergraduate degree. I did loads of travelling, but wasn't interested in perfumes then. I did visit the Fragonard factory and purchased quite a few bars of their rose & lavender soap, and I bought a bottle of Soleil for my mum. But now, gosh,,a trip to France would mean a stop in Grasse again, and then the rest of the time would be spent visiting boutiques in Paris. The Guerlain one would be at the top of my list, for sure! Don't worry, everyone, if I win the lottery, i will book a plane, and you shall all fly with me! :)

teri August 18, 2014

I've been fortunate enough to travel all over the world, visiting many interesting and unusual locations. But I've always wanted to see Istanbul and Turkey. I have a long list of things I'd want to see and do - the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Turkish Riviera cities along the Mediterranean, Topkapi Palace, the bazaars are all just a beginning. I'm only aware of one Turkish perfume line. It has a male and female scent from Turkish fashion house Vakko. But I am willing to bet there are plenty of perfume oils and other scented products there.

Debbie R. August 18, 2014

London for Roja Dove and France for the Caron and Guerlain flagship stores!

Portia August 18, 2014

Hi there Ann, We are right at the end of winter and the garden is about to burst into flower here. Do you mind if I keep my money and stay at home, sleep till 11am every day, spend the day smelling frags and then have a long bath at 3pm, get ready for work and come home and spend half an hour chatting with Jin and then hit the computer while he sleeps? That's my kind of holiday. MMMMMM. It's also pretty much my day to day life. Portia xx

Musette August 18, 2014

If Hotel des Bains were still extant I would go to Lido. Not a huge fan of staying in Venice but oh, to stay in Hotel des Bains....but hey! if they get the apartments done......;-)

JanLast August 18, 2014

I would head Northwest, hitting Seattle and my favorite hotel, The Edgewater Inn, indulging in all the niche perfume shops and eating the freshest of seafoods. Next to Portland and surrounds, going to Slumberhouse, Olympic Orchids, 40 Notes, Flora and Sweet Anthem. Then, I'd head to Vancouver to the Bouchard gardens for the last of the summer flowers and then across to Banff to indulge in sumptuous food at a gorgeous hotel by a lake and spend my days wearing one after another of my recently purchased perfumes.

solanace August 18, 2014

I would find some secluded beach hotel in Crete, fancy and small, to be my base. Then, I´d visit the Knossos palace and all the ruins I could find, drive across the mountains and find small villages where I could leave the car and go for extra long walks, eat and maybe sleep for a night. My priorities would be to try all local cheeses and pistachio based sweets. I´d get Eau de Mandarine Ambrée at the duty free shop on my way there, since I think it would be a nice fit, and I´d love to have Crete memories forever tied to it.

Elia August 18, 2014

Fragrance centric for sure! Paris and the osmotheque, and I might just do it, because the temptation is great. Add in Serge and Guerlain boutiques and anything else I could possibly fit in.

eldarwen22 August 18, 2014

If I ran into some serious money, I would head to Paris or I would go to London or maybe Dublin. It almost seems like the Serge Lutens bell jars are much cheaper with the exchange rate. I want my bell jars, to visit the Chanel store and Guerlain. I would load up on Mitsouko, Jicky and L'Heure Bleue in parfum form and a bottle of L'Heure de Nuit. My traveling perfumes always seems to be Jicky and no 5. There is something in Jicky that just calms traveling nerves even though there is a crap load of skank in Jicky.