Smell must be creative, enticing and passionate, just like the various smells you encounter in Hyde Park. This humongous park gives the visitor the entire 4 season test which he needs to pass. If you come in summer or spring and you are not allergic a variety of different trees will welcome you with the attractive, calling smell of fauna. The simplicity of greenness, the flower blossoming make you feel exhilarating and in love with everything. You literally experience being a hippie, and you become a son or a daughter of the flowers. Yet, it’s autumn or as American say fall that draws thousands of tourists back to the city par excellence. It ain’t so “fall” after all. The crispy, savory leaves united with the gentle Atlantic British rain makes the surrounding smells personalized to each individual. Many think they are linked to the past, many find them expressing their emotions, and some others think it’s just a freaking rain smelly leave. Is it for real?
Felling hungry but you are poor? Then Millennium Bridge or any corner of the city will give you nuts flavor. And no I don’t mean nuts like you… Know what I mean. I am talking about the actual fruit. Thousands of Arabic street vendors will capture your attention by frying, making pastries, boiling delicatessens. Good on the eye, horny on the nose and delicate on the tongue.
Can’t miss this occasion then.
If you feel like you are missing a stable smell, then just a bit east of London. It ain’t all shitty if you are probably surrounded by a pigsty if you get out in the country. Horses, rivers, owls, and foxes, lots of foxes. Animals smell too, but they probably smell better than many people indeed.
London is therefore a city with thousands of smell and as one can imagine identifying them all is quite a challenge. Smells are unafraid, untamed, revealing, worrying, simplified or complicated but they are always true to themselves. They can be personalized, loved and hated but they will never change the status of how things are.
Something that London and the whole country have is very peculiar and probably unique for these areas of the world. London smells like beer, and by beer I literally mean being drunk. Londoners drink on average just slightly less than Russians or their neighbors, the Irish. Pubs do have beers from all walks of life. Fatigue, speed and loneliness make a man or a woman drink more. By being nice and drunk with friends is a good way to ease up from stressful situations.
London is therefore neither like a rose nor like a pigsty. It’s a city you choose which flavor to give.
Just remember to keep your eyes shut and your nose open. Don’t be judgmental, a nice smell can be found in a very bad area, and a good one can be found in a garden full of roses where someone has forgotten to clean after their dogs.
Never lose hope and embrace the enthusiasm of a child in smelling the city. Smells are connected to our lives, to our memories and to our subconscious. In the end, when you smell a city, you need to be as curious as Alice in Wonderland and as happily smiley like Peter Pan. That’s the British spirit that will pump up your nostril experience of the city.
PROFUMO DI LONDRA
Gira in lungo ed in largo attraverso una città enorme, nel trambusto, tra il piacere del business e dell’adorabile brezza londinese; ma in definitiva, qual’è l’odore di Londra? Varia da quartiere a quartiere. é scioccante, ma è così.
L’odore dipende da quanto sei acuto e da quanta attenzione tu presti. Prova ad entrare in una linea della metropolitana di Londra ed il tuo naso ne sarà compiaciuto, ma poi prova a passeggiare tra le banchine del Tamigi e le tue narici ti faranno una ramanzina.
Alla fine Londra non ha un così buon odore ma buoni odori possono essere scovati in posti inimmaginabili.