For the second time I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of meeting with the inimitable Portia of Australian Perfume Junkies, this time accompanied by the lovely Michael, also a perfume nerd par excellence (Quote: “This would be a very hard trip to survive if I weren’t into perfume.”), who also contributes to APJ.
Sandra and I met the two for breakfast at French Bistro Le Bol (I know, but they already had their share of Kaffehauskultur and both value a good croissant!).
After kisses and introductions, gifts were exchanged (chocolates for Portia as he has too many perfumes already and Australian tea towels and perfumes for Sandra and me), brie, croissants, salmon and goat cheese were consumed and much hilarity ensued.
I’m not sure anyone in Portia’s company had ever experienced a dull moment.
After breakfast we repaired to the Espace Chanel, a beautiful Chanel counter devoted solely to Les Exclusifs. Both Aussies bought something, Coromandel EdT for Portia and Cuir de Russie extrait for Michael, who trustingly had to rely on my advice, since no testers were available for the extraits. I hope he is happy with it!
I had to run then unfortunately to get my sons, but the separation was not to last very long as we had dinner plans that very evening.
Portia, Michael and I met again at 7.30 for dinner at Nascha’s, this time with my husband, the man I suspect Portia really came to see, I was just along for the ride.
The Husband is for some reason highly beloved by dear Portia and the two of them had a blast. So did Michael and I by the way, as he is a really lovely person, interesting, witty and intelligent. The food was excellent and the time flew. We had to relieve the babysitter by midnight (and rise for work at 5am the next morning), so we had to say goodbye all too soon.
I hope the Aussies make it a habit of coming to Vienna once a year, because I miss them already.
Portia and Michael are not done with Europe, far from it. Right now they are visiting with Val, the Cookie Queen in Salzburg, then they’ll move on to Paris and London meeting Perfumistas left and right. I look forward to reading all about that on APJ and quite possibly various other blogs.