Bonjour Project – Day n

Dear friends,

I hope this blog post finds you well.. and whatever troubles you are experiencing, they are not unbearable.. keep up the good spirits, and never lose hope…

1. My #SOTD was Dali EDP by Salvador Dali.. I am so happy with its trail and longevity, and the whole fragrant cocktail of flowers, aldehydes and amber … 10/10 πŸ™‚

2. Little discoveries of the day

I went for a little walk and, just round the corner from the place I’m staying, I found a tiny cafe / shop Lila. And it’s a Vegetarian / Vegan bakery! πŸ™‚ I was so pleasantly surprised to see a huge selection of sweets in display and soups on the menu, also a lovely range of cooking / yoga books, Himalayan salt lamps, and incense sticks for sale. I got some sweets and samosas to try at home, and I must say, I love their vegan oatmeal cookies already πŸ™‚ ❀ And I also bought a vegetarian cookbook in Lithuanian – can’t wait to read the recipes πŸ™‚ Pay Lila a visit whenever you’re in Ε iauliai, I’m sure this place won’t disappoint you πŸ™‚

3. Something to be thankful for

Another pleasant surprise was on tv today. A doctor was advising people what to do or not do during winter time, how to not catch a cold, and keep the body healthy… and in the middle of it he started explaining the benefits of meditation, how to do simple breathing exercises, and also talked about the power of positive thinking… I’ve never heard a doctor do so openly on tv… and I am so happy that it is being said, because there are so many elderly people, whose only joy in life is watching that tiny box, believing to the majority of things that come out of it… so, I think, the more of the real good news on tv, the better…

Here are some pictures from my day in town today πŸ™‚

J.

Xxx

Vegetarian cookbook | photo by BonjourPerfumeVegetarian cookbook | photo by BonjourPerfumeSiauliai under reconstruction | photo by BonjourPerfumeSiauliai under reconstruction | photo by BonjourPerfumeSiauliai university | photo by BonjourPerfumeCafe Lila in Siauliai | photo by BonjourPerfume

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Bonjour Project – Day n

Bonjour Project – Day 17 & 18

Dear fragrance friends,

With a joyful heart I am returning to you after a couple of days. They were filled with loads of mini trips, exciting visits to fragrant stores / markets, and also a few history / culture related tours.. πŸ™‚

1. #SOTD – I was indeed bouncing in between the Salvador Dali perfume (you may find a little review on it in a previous blog post, from Day 16) and Love, Chloe. Dali tends to disappear off my skin in a few hours, and I felt like applying it again and again.. However, it sits really cozy with me in the evening, when I am relaxing at home after a nice hot shower… So, it is definitely not a loud perfume. Rather gentle and very very well blended… πŸ™‚ ❀

2. Little discoveries of the day

At one end of Gediminas ave., a very wide and very central street in the heart of Vilnius, there is a building of great historical significance to all Lithuanians – the Parliament, called Seimas. It is a place where the current government of the country resides, but it had also played a very important role during the fight for independence from the Soviet Union in 1990-91. I had an opportunity to visit a little glass house just beside Seimas – the memorial for tragic events that happened on 13th January, 1991. This construction is a tiny museum. It covers the barricades that had surrounded the parliament, displays photographs taken during that year, and also children’s drawings. It was quite a memorable moment for me, taking those steps back in time… as I myself remember drawing tanks, TV tower, fight for freedom themes at primary school… And that little glass building is curated by a very pleasant elderly gentleman, who holds and shares all the knowledge and experience of those times, and who has the warmest smile…

At the other end of Gediminas ave, there is the Vilnius Cathedral with the Bell Tower just beside it. I finally climbed up to the very top of the tower πŸ™‚ This was a very pleasant visit, as it had just started snowing when I got in… Here are some pictures πŸ™‚

View from Bell Tower in Vilnius | photo by BonjourPerfume

View from Bell Tower in Vilnius | photo by BonjourPerfumeView from Bell Tower in Vilnius | photo by BonjourPerfume

You can visit the tower every day, except Sundays and Public Holidays. And the cost of the ticket is only 4.50 euros.

Lastly, I have paid a little visit to Panorama shopping center and was very pleasantly surprised to see a huge Christmas market, with stalls displayed on two floors. Items for sale vary so much, and anyone with even the most elaborate taste would find something of interest. It was lovely to see a lot of hand made jewellery, perfumed oils, soaps, woolly blankets, knitted socks, home aromas; also smoked meat and fish produce, sweet cheese made of aged stewed apples with different spices, and of course – honey! – our Lithuanian gold πŸ™‚ It is impossible to mention all the goodness and describe the atmosphere, so a visit to Panorama is a must πŸ™‚ The market is open every single day up until 30th December, 2017.

3. Something to be thankful for

I have experienced very mixed emotions during these days… and every single day I am re-discovering my birth country from a different angle, with a different light… I didn’t realize how patriotic the Lithuanians were, until just recently.. I didn’t know how much pain, but also joy, and passion resides here… how much soul… I am retracing my steps and am uncovering the love for this beautiful country in Northern Europe.

J.

xxx

P.S. There were some perfume related discoveries too, but you can read about them in tomorrow’s blog post πŸ™‚

P.S. All the prices are correct at the time of publishing this blog, 30th Nov 2017.

Bonjour Project – Day 17 & 18

Bonjour Project – Day 16

Dear friends,

Here’s just a little taster of a jewel that I recently discovered in Kristiana in Vilnius.

#SOTD – Dali by Salvador Dali πŸ™‚

Dali by Salvador Dali | photo by BonjourPerfume

It is the first fragrance by Dali, created in the 1983. This is a perfectly balanced scent, created for his muse Gala, the love of his life.

It is so balsamic, creamy, and powdery.. At first I was nearly afraid of it, of that deep yellow/ brown juice… but what a lovely bouquet of flowers hit me at an instant, with a well distinguishable lilly of the valley and jasmine.. changing into so many other notes, aldehydes, that I was just sniffing and sniffing my wrist trying to recognize them all… πŸ™‚

I woke up this morning with a light creamy whiff of Dali on my skin… and I will give it ago for a second day… It is a perfect winter scent, there’s so much depth to it… πŸ™‚

J. Xxx

P.s. “Among the five senses, smell is unquestionably the one that best gives the idea of immortality.” Salvador Dali

Bonjour Project – Day 16