Your scented travel memories: Venice

“I arrive in the streets of Venice and the first thing I notice is the smell of mud that floats in the sunny air… It is not unpleasant, on the contrary, it reminds me that this city lives on the water, and that here boats are kings… I like this smell, which is actually accentuated as soon as you approach the lagoon or cross a bridge. Venice is an amazing city where one likes to either get lost or sail. Or both!

During a walk along the streets of this city, the smell of shoe polish calls out to me. It is not really the smell of polish as we know it, it is a shopkeeper who is repainting his facade, and a few minutes later, a man waxing the front of a kiosk. The sun seems to amplify this odor even further.

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Your scented travel memories: Sicily

“I travelled last year with seven of my friends. We all met at university in London seven years ago and built incredible relationships together as friends. Since then, we have all been living in different places, so we decided to meet for a few days at Palermo, in Sicily. I just fell in love with that place and with all the moments we spent together there.

Palermo was beautiful; an absolutely beautiful mess! I remember the first day being in the bus and then in the taxi that dropped me to the house where we were all staying; it was sunny, with lots of light and it just smelled like many Mediterranean places where I have been: so good. It was a mix of the smell of hot roads, the sea, flowers and food. And that smell followed me all the time I was there.

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