Do you ever catch a whiff of a familiar scent and you are immediately transported back to a time or a moment in your life that was special? Perhaps the spritz of a particular perfume reminds you of a lovely someone, or the aroma of a certain food causes a holiday flashback. It could be a moment forgotten, a moment lost amongst other memories that is suddenly brought back to life with one little sniff of that something wonderful. Or perhaps it is a vivid memory, a favourite even, and when you catch that familiar scent it gives you butterflies and makes you smile. Have you ever experienced this? Well Inntravel have very cleverly described this feeling as a Fragrant Flashback.
Inntravel, the company who offer independent walking holidays and encourage people to take the lesser-trodden path, have set up a new new walking vacation in the Lavender scented hills of Provence, from gentle strolls to beautiful hikes – it sounds dreamy! To celebrate the launch of this truly individual holiday experience, Inntravel asked myself and several other bloggers what is our Fragrant Flashback, what is that special scent that makes us travel back in time? For me, it’s morning time dew…
Dew itself doesn’t actually have a smell, as its just tiny little droplets of water. But the water evaporating in the early morning air brings out the smell of the surroundings – the plants, the grass and the earth. And when my boyfriend and I travelled part of the East Coast of Australia in our trusty little Campervan, that was the smell I woke up to every morning.
Waking up to the fresh smell of plants and greenery was wonderful. I could breathe in and feel the moisture in the air and it smelled so clean. These days if I happen to catch that crisp scent, images of tall trees and unusual plants immedately spring to mind. I can close my eyes and imagine lying in our little rickety spray-painted campervan, waking up for another beautiful day, listening to the kookaburra’s up in the tress and watching a lizard crawl into the woods.