A weekend out of town for The Dandy in the beautiful City of Chester.
With a history stretching back more or less unbroken to Roman times, the past runs through the terrain here like the great seams of red sandstone in the local soil.
These rocks have been hewn from the ground to create the settlement’s walls and its cathedral, built over generations between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. Restored, some would say rebuilt, in the nineteenth.
Though the Church of England does not prohibit the use of incense, it is less widespread than in many Roman Catholic places of worship.
Nevertheless, nearly five centuries after the schism with Rome, somehow these ancient churches still seem at least to smell of the universal scent of devotion.
Olfactory connective tissue linking the senses across time, from ancient Rome to papal imperium to modern day England.
No perfume so perfectly captures this scent as Comme des Garcons Incense Avignon.
And so today beneath glowering stormy skies I wore it to wander along walls and through once monastic precincts and contemplate times past.
See you back ‘in town’ on Monday.
The Perfumed Dandy.