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    Default Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    THE MISSION: Share the drive from Wisconsin to Florida so my daughter could participate in a run and log some hours working for Disney to sustain her seasonal cast member status and put her nearer to New Orleans where she was planning to spend the coming winter as she did last year.

    THE COMMON THREAD: If we should have turned left, we turned right; when it rained, we drove straight into it; despite being a proofreader, I messed up a phone number we needed; although Mandy was familiar with old stomping grounds, we attempted to enter the wrong apartment where we were to stay. I can count a blunder on every finger and thumb I came home with--fortunately, that still totals 10, but a broken blood vessel in my hand (tripped on a sidewalk in D.C.) reminds me our missteps were not imaginary. Oh, and I had a lot of bad-hair days ...


    PARFUMERIE (Thursday): Lovely, lovely shop. Darling shop girl Rosalee (her youthful look belies her age) taught me that Weil is pronounced "while" and let me sample Antilope and Venus. I can't give a fair account of the scents since I had just a passing experience, and there were a lot of attractive visual distractions. Parfumerie's claim is they can track down any perfume for you. I didn't meet the owner of 25 years, Ruth, but Rose gave me a sample of Ruth's composition, My Racing Heart, a green fragrance created for the Louisville Thoroughbred Club (Kentucky's bluegrass has been grazed by some of the better race horses). I'll give a review of MRH at a later time. In addition to frags, the shop deals in antique jewelry and objets d'art. I'm grateful I was able to take photos because I didn't have much time to study all the details when I breezed through.



    After a wide swing through Nashville (you folks who know your U.S. geography will be sobbing with laughter over how far off course that put us), we eventually made our way to to Orlando. On Saturday we took it easy as Mandy readied herself for Disney's nighttime Halloween 13k run. On Sunday we played mini golf and took in Magic Kingdom attractions. Come Monday, I was champing at the bit to take pix at EPCOT with my new digital camera. I wasn't too concerned about sampling perfumes--would rather do that at home. What was special was being able to shoot pix without limitations (try doing that at any other Guerlain outlet). So here are some of the scenes I brought home to "decant" for you, my friends.




    ABOVE: Plume et Palette. BELOW: The alleyway between P&P and Guerlain boutique.







    ABOVE: Guerlain's Sous Le Vent, Mayotte, Iris Ganache, Vega, Angelique Noire, Derby, Liu.
    I'm forgetting a few, I think. Opted for Liu for the day.



    ABOVE: EPCOT's Italian segment of the World Showcase. Fumes represented were all the usual suspects.
    BELOW: I love a good ceiling. U.K.'s scents were nothing unusual.



    Tuesday put us on the road for New Smyrna Beach and Luscious Cargo (BELOW). Mandy had visited LC a couple years ago, so we knew to anticipate an inconspicuous-looking house. We had the address right, but the vibe wasn't. A couple newspapers in their plastic sleeves littered the sidewalk. Nothing was visible on the porch. I rang and knocked, but no one was around, so I tried calling their phone number (except I'd transposed two numbers when I'd typed it for our trip itinerary) and got a no-longer-in-service message. I visited a florist shop visible from LC's 206 Downing location, and its operator had never heard of LC. It just felt like another "one of those things" that was happening to us.


    Since we were just a couple miles from the Atlantic Ocean, which I've never smelled, we stopped at a beach just long enough to say I'd touched the water and then backtracked to get me to DeLand's quaint depot where I waited for the Silver Meteor train.


    At least trains don't get lost.



    An eight-hour layover in D.C. the next day afforded lots of walking and photography. Eventually I'll crop this pic of the statuary (ABOVE) outside of Union Station to use as an avatar. She seems to be saying, "Spray me right here." After getting sandblasted by the winds buffeting D.C., I retreated to the station, where I enjoyed perusing the well-stocked Douglas Perfumery and studied all the scents at The Body Shop before buying the Patchouli I've been meaning to get--my memento for the trip.


    My connecting train, the Capitol Limited, provided its own merry combination of pluses and minuses. Pluses included a new diner car (ABOVE). Minuses? My sleeper car had some gross friction problem (right under my roomette, of course), the noise from which caused everyone in the car to complain.

    Thursday: Arrive Chicago! I kinda knew where I was much of the time as I walked to and from State Street (okay, walked about 11 blocks getting there and seven blocks back). Filene's Basement and T.J. Maxx proposed nothing desirable, but up the block was Macy's. I checked out Lush's Go Green per Pia's suggestion (it's just a hair more citrusy than I hoped, but real nice), interrogated the Carol's Daughter representative about the limited distribution of Lemon Blossom and Sotto (they may nor may not be rereleased next year) and sampled Pearl (meh, too fruity for me). Then I smelled the motherlode of sub-niche lines available from the Merz Apothecary wing (BELOW). Fun, fun, fun. I don't have time to tip-tap type out all my thoughts right now. So I'll close and get back to laundry, mail, email, and clients.


    Oh, yeah ... here's the punchline to this "joke" of a vacation. The daughter has changed her mind about wintering down South and is going to drive back to Wisconsin this weekend. WTF? I'm trying not to say, "So we went through all this for nothing?!? After all the time, effort, expense and inconvenience, she could have spared us--why? why? why? She could have just flown down to do her Disney things. Now she's going to try to get her job back up here. Oh, well, parenthood. Whatcha gonna do?
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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Merz Apothecary! Love that place.

    Looks like you had a "trip" in more than one sense of the word. ;-)

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I can almost smell those Guerlain testers.
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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Great shots! Quarry.So Cool to see LC even though empty. Kinda not surprising. Guerlain is super cool. I didn't know about Disney connection. What is Mayotte like? never heard of it. and Angelique Noire? I feel so out of the loop! I need to know! How about Vega? I've heard of it but I didn't know it was available now. How do I find out what is currently sold at the Guerlain boutique? The website is worthless! GGrrr!!!

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    Great pictures ~ and what a wonderful description of your trip!!

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    What a lovely travel diary... particularly envious about those gorgeous perfumery visits of course Glad you thought Go Green was nice. It's really potent, but I find the solid perfume is nice and wearable.

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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Quarry - WOW, what a wonderful report. You, madam, should be a journalist.

    I have been waiting for someone to post nice pics of the Guerlain boutique in EPCOT - bravo! So, it sounds like you bought Liu? Did you? Oh goodie! Did you see the Habit Rouge parfum? The new Champs Elysses parfum in that huge maple syrup looking bottle? Questions, questions!!!

    I was wondering why I hadnt heard from you on the boards. While you were gone I wrote a review on Perfume Shrine and used your word 'colognoisseur' in a review of Champaca Absolute by Tom Ford. See it here.

    Welcome home & take care of that hand.

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    Wow, great pics, Quarry! What a treat to read your report. And the train looks nice! I want to travel by train now. I'm sorry everything didn't go perfectly, but it seems that we often get pushed onto these odd tangents for a reason. Maybe I'm just romanticizing.

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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Lovely report, Quarry! That Guerlain boutique at Epcot looks so nice ... Sounds like you and your daughter had a wonderful time.
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    Wow! Thanks for showing, love how you write!

    Sounded worthwhile to me, despite your daughter changing her mind

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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Hey there, moongrrl. I share the love. And what was amazing is that nobody at Merz bothered me, so I felt free to sniff what must have been more than 50 products. The SAs were clearly available, but didn't hover. And Susie (manager?) was so receptive to another customer's request to stock sweetgrass oil.

    Kumquat, I can't even remember what Mayotte smelled like. I have some Angelique Noire (think green Jicky, minus some refinement). Vega and Liu bear that old-world Guerlain good-funk. The Disney stores are even less accessible (by phone or web) than the most exclusive boutiques, so I recommend getting samples from The Perfumed Court--or just camping out at Disney where Geir Ness (Norway) and Shiseido (Japan) frags can also be sampled (BELOW). And, no, Mike dear, I didn't buy the Liu, just applied it as my SotD--but it was hard to appreciate while walking through the ethnic food clouds.




    Mike, I didn't notice whether they had HR parfum or the CE "syrup bottle." Frankly, it was kinda dizzying standing amidst all the Guerlains. Thanks for the link about (and propagation of) the word colognoisseur. I noticed a couple comments while glancing around here today (love the Colognossaurus Rex), but I have to force myself to stay away from BN until I get my client's work done (argh!). I've got so much I want to read.


    Thanks for all your words, Nukapai, Jillsy, Socal (and congrats on your BN job). Shades, your lovelies were waiting for me when I got home (I ate the chocolate today already ), thank you so, so much. Lilybelle, there's a lot of good to be said for train travel. Here's a snap from my private roomette. I got one-third the way through Burr's The Perfect Scent. Some months ago I applied for the Amtrak Guest Rewards charge card, so I had enough points to pay for almost the entire cost of first-class travel through two zones.


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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Love the trip photos and description - thank you!

    Sounds like your daughter is making an informed choice - that's the important thing. (My personal opinion: I would rather be in Wisconsin than in New Orleans any day!)

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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Thanks for posting!!

    Now - what was the BEST part of your trip, huh?

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    Welcome home Quarry--we missed you!

    Great photos: you're a wiz with your new camera. Oh, and beautiful ceiling relief photo. My jaw drops when I see that many bee bottles in any one place. If this is how I react to a photo, I can't imagine standing in a real Guerlain boutique. How ever did you choose which to squirt on you?

    I love your trip reports. We should all donate to a Quarry Sniffy Trip Fund to send you off to gather sniffy information and photos for us all to enjoy.

    Did you ever find out what happened to Luscious Cargo? Is it in someone's basement?

    Ok, just to be snotty: Why would the Guerlain boutique choose a factice of Champs Elysees? Wouldn't a Shalimar bottle be more appropriate? Curious. See, I warned you, a totally snotty and whiny remark.


    But totally: Yay Quarry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Oh, yeah ... here's the punchline to this "joke" of a vacation. The daughter has changed her mind about wintering down South and is going to drive back to Wisconsin this weekend.
    Well, I think we're all happy you are able to share the lovely pictures with us, so we can live vicariously thru you! I just wish that digital pictures came in scratch and smell.

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    I loved your post Quarry! It made me laugh because it reminded me of the trips I take with two of my friends a couple of times a year. We seriously are like the three stooges sometimes....but hey we have fun! Sounds like my 24 year old son and your daughter are channeling the same wave length of indecision! What do you do though....it's way too late to put them up for adoption Sounds like a wonderful trip though and I love your pictures. I bought my first bottle of Chloe at Epcot Center years ago and no one I knew had ever heard of it.......that was long,long ago.

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    Great report and superb photographic record of the trip - we can almost feel we have been in those wonderful temples to perfume! Loved the sign off shot of The Perfect Scent by the train window...I did enjoy that book - never wanted it to end.

    I wore my urn T-shirt to the gym the other day, but sadly its message was lost on the burly bunch of male weightlifters there...
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    Hi Quarry.....I was so happy to see Ruths' store.....I have known her for a while....It's been a couple of years since I've been in Her store.....I've made many purchases there over the years.....Thanks for the pictures and the stories.....I live in Ohio so Ruths' store is about 2 hours from me.....Now I need to give her a visit.
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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Quote Originally Posted by lushsoup View Post
    Ok, just to be snotty: Why would the Guerlain boutique choose a factice of Champs Elysees? Wouldn't a Shalimar bottle be more appropriate? Curious. See, I warned you, a totally snotty and whiny remark.
    You wanna Shalimar factice, L? I'll give you a factice ...

    After literally exhausting the boutique's supply of paper strips spraying and sniffing , I just felt in the mood for Liu, what can I say? This is the only Guerlain shop where they expect nothing but weirdo tourists, so I felt at ease pigging out on sampling while wearing a Mickey Mouse t-shirt and hat-flattened hair.

    I'm still kicking myself that I stood at LC's front door and then called the wrong number (of course, then the odds that I called a wrong number that was also disconnected are probably astronomical, too). I'm sure that you have to make an appointment to find someone on premise, but given all the trouble some people have had in getting their LC orders (according to posts here and at POL), I don't feel any need to even think about this outfit again. There are more reliable sources I'd rather patronize.

    Seattle, I'm with you, preferring a northern clime. Good news is, I get my personal chef back as Mandy pays the rent by doing all the shopping and cooking.

    Musse, that's a really tough question. It'll sound odd, but I totally rocked at the new Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin. Mandy, who's soooo reserved and subdued, broke character when she saw my final score--"You got as many points as the next three people put together!!!" (Apparently I can navigate the galaxy better than I can the Interstate highway system.)

    Aiona, taking pix for you guys played a big part in my having fun. Hey, tdi, you wanna share in the purchase of a GPS unit? Wow, VM, you bought a t-shirt from the U.K.? I didn't even know that was possible. Thanks. Now I can buy almost a gallon of gas from the proceeds.

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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Hi Quarry, welcome back and thank you for the enjoyable report and gorgeous photos! It was almost like being there.

    Nice to have you back!
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    Quarry, great travelogue! Sounds like you got to sniff to your heart's content while bonding with your daughter. Hey, anytime you want to share notes, I have an almost 23-year old daughter who is going through a lot of the: Now that I graduated from college, what am I supposed to do with the rest of my life? do I have to grow up? She thought she wanted to be an attorney but now that she has been working at a law firm for the last 3 months, she has decided it's not for her. She now thinks she wants to move to New York so she has gotten an interview for the New York Teaching Fellows in December....we'll see.

    Have never taken a train trip in the US but it sure looks great.

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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Thanks, tdem, it's good to be home/home and home with Basenotes.

    Anamari, would you believe the daughter drove herself home from Florida on Saturday--all in one day! That's something like 17 hours! But we have good kids, you and I, so things will work out somehow.

    Oh, yeah--the trip curse continues: Today I discovered that the 2GB camera memory card I took on the trip with me has been SOAKING IN WATER FOR 3 DAYS. It was taped to the underside of the lid of a plastic container I used to "protect" my extra batteries, battery charger and earbuds. I forgot it was attached and threw it in the sink.

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    Quarry - so good to have you back - I missed you, hon!
    And I'll add my hat to the pile of compliments: I love the way you write. You have a great tone of voice - knowledgeable, witty, funny and yet down to earth. Should I confess to laughing at your mishaps? You describe them so well.

    Do you know, I never realised until now that you live in Wisconsin.
    I saw a tiny bit about it on the tv last week. It looked great. Though I'm not sure about the mosquitos.
    I love the idea of living in a snowy place. One of the ways the hubby persuaded me to move to Switzerland.
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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbird View Post
    Do you know, I never realised until now that you live in Wisconsin.
    And when I finally got off the train in Wisconsin, I almost said out loud: I love that dairy air! Honest. We be cheeseheads,

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    ROFL at that cheesehead smiley!
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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    PARFUMERIE (Thursday): Lovely, lovely shop. Darling shop girl Rosalee (her youthful look belies her age) taught me that Weil is pronounced "while" and let me sample Antilope and Venus. I can't give a fair account of the scents since I had just a passing experience, and there were a lot of attractive visual distractions. Parfumerie's claim is they can track down any perfume for you. I didn't meet the owner of 25 years, Ruth, but Rose gave me a sample of Ruth's composition, My Racing Heart, a green fragrance created for the Louisville Thoroughbred Club (Kentucky's bluegrass has been grazed by some of the better race horses). I'll give a review of MRH at a later time. In addition to frags, the shop deals in antique jewelry and objets d'art. I'm grateful I was able to take photos because I didn't have much time to study all the details when I breezed through.


    Oh I'd recognize the Parfumerie on Chenoweth any day. You were only a few miles from me! I got to try quite a few frags I'd have missed out on for a while there, and bought my bottle of Zino Davidoff from Rose.
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    Dear Quarry, this thread has been AMAZING!

    Thanks!

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    Quarry, your pictures are wonderful. As someone who ALWAYS has misadventures on her travels, I have decided that such experiences make for better stories in the long run.

    And just whose derrière were you admiring when you got off that train?
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    I've enjoyed this post so much I've read it 3 times.

    "This is the only Guerlain shop where they expect nothing but weirdo tourists..." LOLOLOL!

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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    Wish I could have tagged along! Those shops look stunning! Does your camera do vid clips? Maybe next time You could do some live reporting.

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    Default Re: Trip Report: Kentucky, Florida, D.C., Chicago (Oct. 2008)

    So glad I've got all of you laughing, my dears. Bluesoul, I wished I'd stopped at your place, you could have given us directions to Chattanooga. Yes, Chantilly, I've got to branch out in the use of my camera's capabilities.

    Here's someone else's vid from the Silver Meteor train between Florida and D.C. Not only is the train's appearance just like that I experienced, but the woman's voice starts out sounding just like mine. My whole family was creeped out and thought I was speaking. Her voice then evolves into a different pitch, but it's just freaky how her timber and timing paralleled mine for a time.

    Train tour.

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    I just returned from vacation to see your travelogue posts, Quarry, and I am blown away.
    What a great entry! What sumptuous photos! Thank you for the intimate look into these shops.
    That was a wonderful vacation. I am truly impressed.

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