Christos, a Greek perfume lover and blogger is a scientist by trade who recently moved across Europe from Athens to Geneva, Switzerland, which is why his blog, Memory of Scent, is seldom updated these days. But when it is, it is always a fantastic read and his archives are well worth exploring. I admire Christos’s approach to perfume as well as his amazing photos.
A good day starts with… a cup of good coffee. And Toupée, my cat waking me up to be fed.
I’d never leave the house without… Perfume, what else? Lately I am making sure I also take an umbrella.
I always feel good when… I have something new to work on and something I expect in the mail.
My favorite thing in the world is… not a thing.
The next thing I want to buy is… Nasomatto Hindu Grass.
The place I always come back to is… having recently moved to a new country I try not to think in these terms.
My personal style is… intuitive.
My favorite perfume… changes according to the situation I am living. Currently, Jacomo Silences.
When I travel I always… feel frustrated. I need to have more 50ml bottles.
To relax I need… time for myself.
When I have a bad day… I need to switch off.
I like to gift people with… things they like but not need.
I find my inspiration… analysing why I feel what I feel.
Something I would never want to miss… moments spent with people I love.
My last mistake was… something I have already forgotten about. Mistakes are only deviations from the original course and sooner or later we are back in track.
In my fridge there is always… Swiss cheese.
On my nightstand I keep… my mobile. It has my music in it.
The perfect weekend starts with… sunshine.
My role model is… I am not very much into roleplaying.
Something I always want to be asked in questionnaires like this is… something I am afraid to be asked (the mistake question was a bit scary…)
I am getting the feeling that being a perfume lover and having cheese in the fridge at all times must be closely related. (A question for our dear Undina perhaps? 😉 )
A cat called Toupée is beyond cute and I can very much relate to the good feeling when something is due in the mail.
Thank you , Christos, for sharing your answers with us.
Do you know Christos’s blog? Do you always have cheese in your fridge too? 😉
Aha, I thought he moved for work, but now I see it was for the cheese. I have wandered through his writings many times. I am still searching for a very interesting and rare vintage male perfume called Gravel which I was introduced to on his site. I think Undina is keeping an eye out for this too.
His collaboration with photographer Ana Maria Rusu for Philosykos was cool. Strangely we were communicating last night / this morning on a quote of his which I used within a Zahd review. This man has a way with words that I admire although lately it has become the memory of the Memory of Scent! I look forward to some new memories on his site later this year.
Me too, Jordan! Moved for cheese… 😀
I so much wish I had bought of Zahd, Jordan…
There is definitely a trend with perfume lovers and cheese. Almost everyone has said that’s what’s always in the fridge. These interviews are always a good read. I love seeing how people answer.
Thank you, poodle, I enjoy them too.
I still have not found a kind of cheese that is too stinky for my tastes 🙂
I love the attitude that Christos has towards mistakes. Must remember that. I also found his source of inspiration intriguing and a weekend starting with sunshine is always good.
B I know, what is it with us and cheese? My all-time fave is Bavarian Smoked. Want some now 🙂
Époisses and Gorgonzola to you Tara. I see a Sunday Foodie Sunday cheese feature in our future.
Jordan – Yes, Val did well to pick chocolate last weekend and I htink cheese could be equally popular!
Hope you found some cheese in the meantime (I had some camembert just now). 😉
His attitude towards mistakes is one to copy for sure!
Tara please look out for Vacherin Mont d’Or. This is the ultimate swiss cheese gluttony: a small wheel of cheese in a wooden basket with an unbelievably beautiful apricot colored skin. It is baked whole in the oven inside the basket and then served with bread sticks, like a mini fondue, or spread over baked potatoes.
How wonderful! Oh, I have been missing Christos – so nice to see him featured here and get an update. xox
Let’s hope he will be back soon!
I have been missing all of you too Carol but I will be seeing you very soon
J’adore Christos! He is a thoughtful writer and analyzer, and I especially loved those posts of his where he talked about Athens. I’m hoping he will eventually do some similar posts about Switzerland. Also, Christos is an incredibly kind and sharing friend, generous with perfumes and with his thoughts. Love that you featured him here, Birgit!
Until you mentioned it, I hadn’t noticed that the perfume lovers featured in your interviews tend to keep cheese in the fridge. Must be true .. I tend to keep Roquefort in mine (though I love Swiss cheese too).
You characterize Christos so well, Suz! I hope we hear more from him again soon.
I wish we finally meet some day Suzanne!
Blue Stilton is what want to quench my blue cheese appetite
I miss Christos but happy for him: having moved to a new country he must have a lot of “something new to work on”.
Birgit, you read my mind: reading this post I was thinking about running some numbers from the series of posts.
Life is only beginning to feel normal again Undina 🙂
Oh good! I can’t wait to hear what you come up with.
Thank you so much Birgit for featuring me here. I am sure that I will be back soon with more posts. Only last week I experienced the amazing roller-coaster experience of having to give a talk in French to a bunch of native speaking professional connections presenting my work here. I had this hanging above my head almost from the first day I came to Switzerland and you can imagine how stressed I have been. Although It was extremely stressful the end result was rewarding. In fact I followed Tarleisio’s indirect advice from a post she did on Facebook: real work starts when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of not doing it well.
You are very welcome, Christos! Thank you for playing.
That is fantastic advice indeed. Glad your presentation went well!
YAY! I missed Christos too. Excellent to see him and get inside his head just a little bit.
I too love cheese.
Glad you enjoyed this, Portia.
Toupee is the perfect name for a cat! 🙂 That reminds me of my roommate’s old cat loved to sleep on my pillow, which was much better than when the cat decided to sleep on my face instead.
Haha. 🙂 Toupée is such a cute name.
Toupee was an obvious choice: she is white with a black patch covering the top of her head. She doesn’t sleep on my head but I have been woken up many times by her tail wiggling in front of my face 🙂
Yes, the cheese in the fridge seems to be a common theme. 🙂
I would also guess that these cheeses might lean toward the more savory and “smelly” kind. 😉
Ha, probably! 🙂
You are absolutely right. I am one of those people who think Camembert is actually very soft and mellow.