The Perfumed Court, that’s how they nick-named Versailles in the XVIII century: Louis XV insisted that perfumes be changed every day, while some of the fountains gave off the monarch’s preferred aroma; there were different perfumes for different occasions and for different articles of clothing; for example, in the days of Marie-Antoinette, they introduced the talc-perfumed suede gloves. Not surprisingly the French Revolution associated perfumes with public enemies; nevertheless, new perfumes continued to be invented, and some were named after guillotine and its operator Sanson. Here I agree with Victor Hugo smells do bring back memories. For a distant echo of decadence and compromise, swing by a small group of boutiques in the vicinity of the Chateau; all three have been inaugurated the day before yesterday and brag a few fresh items invented just for the occasion.
And finally to make your outrageous shopping spree more palatable, they offer you this Versailles macaroon, only at the Cour des Santeur! You see how smells direct thoughts…, sometimes from great distance.