Scent Diary: 3.6 – 9.6.2019




Hey there APJ Crew,

WOW! Mongolia, South Korea and home. What a sensational wrap up to nearly six weeks of travel. Jin really outdid himself as Cruise Director, we saw more than I dreamed possible. The whole adventure was planned perfectly, we also had a few very lucky breaks and helpful friends along the way.

We were so busy and there was zero sit time so almost the whole week was blogged from the Asiana Lounge at Seoul Incheon Airport on Friday evening while waiting for my plane. VERY relaxing.

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Europe 2017: Jin & Portia’s Big Adventure




Hey there APJ,

Jin and I leave for our holidays on Tuesday, yes tomorrow. Bags are packed. Friends over for dinner tonight and Jin has done a huge plate of meat & veg that we all make our own Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls from. He is an artist at it and it’s one of my favourite things he does. So fresh, healthy and delicious.

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Europe 2017: Jin & Portia’s Big Adventure

So where are we off to? Here’s a run down of our dates & cities. It’s mainly a driving holiday with a couple of short flights added in for ease and comfort. So the dates are the nights we spend in each city. All dates are in March. Everything in bold is a city we have never been to before, exciting.

8/9/10: Prague, Czech

11/12: Zilina, Slovakia

13/14: Berlin, Germany

15/16: Hamburg, Germany

17: Hanover, Germany

18: Rotterdam, Netherlands

19/20: Luxembourg

21/22/23: Paris

24/25/26: Milan, Italy

27/28/29: London, UK

So that’s where we’ll be. Should you be in any of this cities or nearby and like a catch up, food, sight seeing or a sniff then please tell us where you are in the comments below and we’ll try and organise something.

What frags am I taking? I’m not sure but I’m very tempted to take only Parfum d’Empire Equistrius and Patou 1000.

Here we come Europe, can’t wait to see you.
Portia xxx

Venice 2016: Photo Essay


Post by Portia


Venice! One of my favourite cities in the world. In 2016 we were sensible enough to have 2 of our girlfriends with us, Anna-Maria and Tara. Jin was under the weather and spent quite a bit of time sick in bed. The girls & I managed to squeeze in SO MUCH of the touristy stuff and also some Venetian secrets. Weirdly I was so busy that I took hardly any scenery shots, sorry. It was super fun and it made me love Venice even more…

Venice 2016: Photo Essay

Venice'16 #6We are ARRIVED!! Hello Venice

Venice'16 #2Jin has a fave restaurant. we had to eat there on our first night. It was delicious.

Venice'16 #3In the VERY squishy lift at our hotel

Venice'16 #4Hotel bathroom products. POSH!

Venice'16 #5St Marks Square in the Doge’s palace colonnades


Venice'16 #7As evening falls we make our way to a cafe.

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Venice'16 #11Next day we go sightseeing

Venice'16 #13High Tea in a swanky hotel. Thanks Anna Maria

Venice'16 #14Doge’s Palace Tour

Venice'16 #15Iconography

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Venice'16 #19St Marks Square

Venice'16 #20Water Bus

Venice'16 #21Dinner on the canal in the shadow of the Ponte de Rialto

Venice'16 #22On Murano Island. St Tara of the tired legs

Venice'16 #23Buying Murano Glassware

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Venice'16 #25Visiting Peggy Guggenheim. Managed to make all of us look shit in this shot except Jin,
who was sick as a dog and really did look like shit.

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Venice'16 #27Harry’s Bar, where the cool kids go. We sat at the bar and weere entertained by the barman


Venice'16 #32Tara leaving us.

Venice'16 #28YAY!

Venice'16 #30Realising that we missed Tara after 5 minutes and had nothing nice to say to each other

Venice'16 #29Even Venice was beautifully sad she had gone

Venice'16 #31On our way to Florence!