Hey there Posse, I have written this post in advance because Jin and I are tripping around the globe again. We’re calling this holiday Europe 2017 and are hoping to see some old friends, some new sites and cities, meet new friends and generally have a wonderful time.
Jin is the driver for Europe 2017, to be honest Jin is the driving force behind our holidays too. I sketch out a rough plan, usually with cities and friends I’d like to visit. He comes back to me over the course of a month with amazing plans and ideas. We haggle a little, it’s all part of his joy really, the cut and thrust of open debate. A little bit of compromise but not nearly as much as you’d imagine. Jin likes to try new things, like hotels. If I have found a hotel in a city that meets or exceeds all my criteria and I like it then that’s where I stay EVERY time. Not our Jin, he wants to stay somewhere new every time. So this is one of the very few times in our relationship that we ever have to give concessions.
Europe 2017: Jin & Portia’s Big Adventure
So, by the time you are reading this we have already been on Europe 2017 for 3 weeks. We’ve been to Slovakia to see Jin’s brother & family, Prague in Czech for a selfish rest, Berlin & Hanover in Germany catching up with a girlfriend or two, Rotterdam in Netherlands seeing another GF Sandra & her family then Luxembourg for another rest. We are now in Paris and tomorrow we leave for Milan to go to Esxence with Val the Cookie Queen & her BFF Judith, Megan in St Maxime and a slew of other bloggers and all the perfumers, perfume house owners and all the fanfare that comes with it.
Here are a few pics of what happened on Europe 2017 so far….
South Korea. Guerlain Eau de Cologne Travel Set!
St Barbara’s cathedral at Kutna Hora
I might have splurged. Rose Oud is a simple rose our combo. Imagine a sweet, high pitched, slightly poopy rose pot pouri and you will have a fair idea. It’s very wearable and Jin & I are both wearing it exclusively currently.
OK so in Berlin, Germany I bought a Nivea EdP too. It’s fricken great. Just like a sharp Nivea lotion that turns as sweet & creamy as you’d hope.
Met up with Anne, a regular reader here at Perfume Posse, we went to Parfumsalon Berlin.
YES! I shopped
Fell madly in love with the newest Profumi del Forte called Mythical Woods. Has a slightly popcorn smell over creamy woods. Freaking good.
Hamburg’s major modern offering is the Opera House. It’s an architectural wankers delight. We were left open mouthed at some of the ridiculous choices but it IS fun.
In Rotterdam we caught up with bloggers Sandra and Esperanza. Had a great day discovering the delights of a new town for us all. Also the girls brought some new-to-me fragrances. I wish I’d taken a list because I fell for a couple of them but can’t remember what…..
Brussels was so lovely, we ran around the plaza, pissing boy, chips and waffles in 2 hours then into the Mercedes and off to Luxembourg for dinner.
Luxembourg i9s fantastic, they are currently undergoing complete renovations on a heap of their famous sites, it was Monday so all the museums were closed but we still managed to overfill our days. There is a 14 euro 2pm walking tour that we found fascinating from the Place Guillaume Tourist Info Centre.
We went to the top rated Trip Advisor restaurant, Greek: named Athena. Ah May Zing. Go there. Portions are so big, order one meal and share. SERIOUSLY!
I might have done some shopping in Luxembourg for fragrance too…..
By the time you read this we will be in Paris but that’s a whole ‘nother post.
Are you going anywhere this year for holidays or is it a StayCation year? Where would you go if money was no object?
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