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Saturday, December 21, 2013


  • Exeter 

 Despite living in Somerset for over 10 years now, and being less than 2 hours away, somehow I had never been to Exeter. My first trip was in the beginning of November as a post-birthday shopping trip. It must have been the coldest day of the year and we spent a fair mount of time freezing at train stations and dashing between shops, but we both loved it instantly. It has such a unique charm that you don't find in many places; the architecture was particularly beautiful.

On the high street alone you had buildings from all ages. At one end is the ultra modern shopping centre, Princess Hay, and a large glass John Lewis store,then you have the Tudor buildings dotted in unsuspecting places, and of course, Exeter cathedral hidden behind the main street. On my visit a Christmas market was in front of the cathedral, making it even more magical!



  • Acqua Di Parma - Fico Di Amalfi Eau De Toilette
I actually first "discovered" this in John Lewis in Exeter, I squirted a bit onto my wrist and carried on shopping, but it was only a few floors up that a noticed that it actually smelt pretty incredible. I couldn't stop sniffing my coat sleeve for the next two days! It was only when I got home and went to look up what this beautiful scent was, and discovered that remembering it as "the Acqua Di Parma in the blue bottle" wasn't much help. The Acqu Di Parma actually has 5 different perfumes in the Blu Mediterraneo range... all in the same blue bottle. After further research I have found that it was the Fico Di Amalfi one that I fell in love with; it has a wonderfully fruity scent at first, like grapefruit or mango, but gradually fades to a sweet, vanilla musky base.
Describing perfumes is a lot more difficult than you'd expect... The Acqua Di parma website describes it as:  
"A fragrance with a vivacious opening thanks to the energetic notes of bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, and citron. Fig nectar blends with pink peppercorn and jasmine petals at the heart precursing a delicious harmony of fig wood, cedar wood and benzoin".

All I can say is you Must try it! You can find it at John Lewis here.

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