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  1. Apero, I have sent you a PM. I will come up with some suggestions for you. Not been on-line for quite a while so I didn't see your original request on the forum, sorry.
  2. I have never had any problems with receiving postal packages from France.   Only last week I received a package of perfume samples posted from Clermont-Ferrand at 18:00hrs on the 9th May and I received them on the morning of the 11th. This package was sent 'Prioritaire'. It was packaged in a La Poste 500g Post Export cardboard envelope.
  3. Thanks again good people for the additional suggestions. I have certainly got my work cut out now to investigate them.   I haven't read the Carol Drinkwater books but I feel that I must agree with the above comments. I have often picked them up in the book shop and looked at them and they have left me completely cold, just from reading brief extracts.
  4. I agree with you to a degree Lou about the customer comments on Amazon. It was the customer reviews and comments that promted me to buy Home and Dry in Normandy. It got universal thumbs up.........but I hated it...LOL!
  5. Thanks for the extra info. I think I'm a bit old fashioned because I prefer to visit the bookstores and actually look at the book before buying.
  6. Thank you everybody for taking the time to answer my question. After looking at your suggestions and seeing the fabulous list of books on the total France forum, I am overwhelmed. I will print the lists out and take them with me to Border's Books and Waterstones at the weekend.
  7. I was wondering if any of the forum members could recommend any good books to read about France. To give you an idea of what I like, here are a few of what I have read and enjoyed. Just finished reading A perfect Circle by Susie Kelly, a very enjoyable read. An Englishman in Paris/Campagne, enjoyed but found that a lot of the humour was quite forced. The Provence trilogy from Peter Mayle. Perfume from Provence, Lady Fortescue, nice but a little bit too 'twee'. From Here you can't see Paris, couldn't really get into that one.   And then a book that got rave reviews on Amazon. Home and Dry in Normandy by George East, I just don't get his humour, tried to get into it but gave up after 70 pages.   Looking at the books that I have enjoyed, can anybody suggest other books in a similar vein?   Thank you.
  8. Phew, looks like you have expensive tastes in perfume hastobe. A true classic perfume and it appears to be only available in parfum strength and nothing less.   http://scentdirect.com/scent.php?scentID=193   You might be as well checking out ebay to see if you can find anything cheaper.
  9. As an afterthought, if anybody wants any tips or info on perfumes just ask.
  10. [quote user="Apero"] Katie I hope one day my wife would have the aroma from the flowers of the fields of france I would never leave her side. Alas......... soon.....very soon. bonne nuit [/quote]   A perfume with the scent from the flowers of the fields of France....sounds very nice. I will have to put my thinking cap on to see what comes to mind. Sisley make an amazing chypre scent called Eau de Campagne which is a very 'green' smelling scent and smells of the French countryside. It uses tomato leaves as one of the notes. I am quite addicted to their showergel in that fragrance. For lovers of the smell of the Linden Blossom that pervades many French towns, Parfums d'Orsay makes a lovely scent called Tilleul.
  11. Here is what it says on osmoz about Casmir.   http://www.osmoz.fr/encyclo/marques/parfums_fiche.asp?ID=249&CATEGORIE=PARFUM&LANGUE=fr
  12. Shalimar is still made in the parfum version. Guerlain just wouldn't dare discontinue it. Recently, Guerlain were going to reformulate their Mitsouko but they got bombarbed with emails from perfume lovers and decided against the idea. You should be able to get Shalimar parfum at any major department store that has a Guerlain concession, failing that, you could always use it as an excuse  to go to Paris and viisit the flagship store on the Champs Elysee. It would be great to find out about any small perfumers.
  13. LOL! I guess so Katie. The most that I have ever spent on a single bottle of perfume was £145 for a 50ml parfum extrait of Caron's Tabac Blond.   http://www.parfums-caron.fr/UK/perfumes_powders/perfume_fountains/tabac_blond.html
  14. Apero...you are most welcome. iI your wife does join, lock up your credit card, that's what we always tell new members. I post on there under the name of Prince Barry. The 'prince' bit is a long story so I won't bore anybody with it, I didn't choose it, the other members did.
  15. Count Alfred d'Orsay, a French dandy from the 19th century.
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