While in Cannes, I discovered a little shop called Santa Maria Novella. Her luxurious old world aroma drew me inside where she piously engaged me in the 600 year old secrets of her alchemy. The creation of the distilled rose, the cure for the Black Plague, as well as the post dinner digestif. Impressed, she then exposed her many shelves upon which lay perfumes, lotions and potions, which are still to this day certified as hand crafted and aged to perfection by Florentine monks.
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I stood silently in awe. She whispered ‘take your pick’. Enchanted by the haunting fragrance of vanilla and cigar, a mystery began to unravel within myself. All at once I am enveloped in the heat of the French Riviera with a full glass of font du broc, a rosé colored sunset, the salty ocean breeze wafting lofty smoke toward my table. I listen to the beckoning revvs of a motorbike heading out to the private beaches and hidden coves in the distance. Clutching tight to that unattainable, forever mysterious distance, I submerge myself in this unmistakable fragrance that will forever penetrate my memories.
SANTA MARIA NOVELLA HAS 75 SHOPS WORLD WIDE TAP TO SHOP
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