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My Dear Roses - Part 3
COCOA ROSES Cocoa Pods Let’s see what cocoa does to roses. First, Nikola asks Rosa. “Have you ever been to the Thracian Tomb at night?” Kazanlak, home of the Thracian kings, is the site of the best-preserved Thracian tombs and Nikola works at the one that’s a UNESCO World Heritage site. Rosa gazes at Nikola’s red hair and blue eyes, traits that come straight from the Thracians, some...
My Dear Roses ... Part 2
Dusk has fallen in Kazanlak and since it is now the 1st of June, the Valley of Roses is just beginning to swell with the thousands of visitors who will come for the annual festival. Nikola makes his way to Rosa’s house and listens for her to call to the birds who stir at evening. Instead, he is startled when she speaks. “Who is it that hides in my garden by my window? Show yourself.” Without hesitation,...
My Dear Roses . . . Part 1
The rose that all are praising Is not the rose for me.” — Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797–1839) I’ve long wanted to do a sniff-fest through rose perfumes to find the one or ones I most adore. According to Wikipedia there are 100 species of rose, defined as members of the subgenre Rosa within the Rosaceae family. The two most used in perfumery are Rosa damascene below (cultivated mainly...
A Missed Oud
In my blog I hope to entertain you and myself with reviews of the grand to the peculiar in fragrance, trotting through entire houses or genres of perfume in sometimes off-beat fashion. No doubt Yasmin will show up, my captive Sassanian princess, now Sultana to her kingdom's conqueror, the handsome Arab, Sultan Walad. Their hijinks began over on BN in my Jasmine Sniff-Fest and continued in the thread, In Search of Most...