Monday, 13 May 2013

Expat Senses: Smells


Welcome to the last in our five-part series on Expat Senses. Over the past few weeks, we’ve brought you some of the best expat sights, sounds, tastes and textures from around the world. This week we’re hoping to come up smelling of roses by rounding everything off with a look at a selection of smells to delight your nose (well, most of them!)

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Lavender fields, Kent, UK
A visit to Kent’s lavender fields is a nice break from the hustle and bustle of nearby London. A popular scent for thousands of years, lavender was used in both ancient Egypt and Rome as a perfume and to sweeten the air. In the modern day the plant is renowned for its soothing qualities - so be careful not to drift off to sleep!

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New York Public Library, New York City, US
Any bibliophile will tell you, there’s no nicer smell than that of an old book – and if it’s old books you love, head to a library! New York Public Library is one of the world’s biggest, and holds over 50 million items. There are loads of old pages to flick through so if you’re ever in town make sure to stop by and indulge your literary self.
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Kawah Ijen, Indonesia
Kawah Ijen is the one of the most famous sources of sulphur in the world and so strong is the supply, sulphurous gases emanate from cracks all over the volcano. As sulphuric compounds are responsible for the famous smells of garlic and skunk attacks, this might be one of the smelliest places in the world!

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