The weather here has gotten a bit cooler, thank heavens, and that’s revved up my wanderlust. I love traveling in the fall, enjoying those lovely moderate temps between hot, hot, hot and freeze-your-ears-off cold. Of course, in my current economic state, it’s just a pipe dream for now, but so fun to ponder.
So I’m posing this question to all you lovely Posse people: If you could go perfume shopping for just one day in any city in the world (you know, snap your fingers and you’re there kind of thing), where would it be?
Hmm, tough decision — or maybe not.
As for me, despite the considerable charms of London, Paris, New York and so many other wonderful cities, I think I’d have to go with San Francisco. Although I must admit to being sorely tempted by the fifth-floor Haute Parfumerie at Harrod’s, the Ormonde Jayne boutiques and other London lovelies.
Anyway, SF has always been my favorite city because of its cool, humidity-free climate, laid-back, anything-goes vibe and its accessibility — getting around is fairly easy and not too expensive. And between Barney’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and the Chanel, Hermes and Diptyque boutiques, you can find pretty much anything you want, scent-wise, and all within walking distance, if you don’t mind walking uphill a bit.
When the stores close, there are heavenly restaurants (dim sum, anyone?), scrumptious Dungeness crab, sourdough bread and Michael Recchiuti chocolates in which to indulge. Plus, touristy as it sounds, for me nothing beats the sheer fun of riding the cable cars on a cool evening with the city lights all aglow. And did I mention that fabulous Dungeness crab?
Oh, yes, I think I’ll leave my heart (and everything else) in the lovely city by the bay.
Now, what about you? Fill me in on your fantasy sniffing trip.
Don’t forget to drop by Perfume Smellin’ Things today for the next great interview/review installment of Brian Pera’s and Andy Tauer’s film/perfume collaboration