A bookshop and an unforgettable memory and smell from Brasov, Romania

They say smell is one of the most powerful memory triggers and. Sometimes I am surprised in my travels by wonderful discoveries. A single moment can turn into an unforgettable memory and that was the case with “Libraria Ralu” (Ralu’s Bookshop) in Brasov.

Libraria Ralu (Ralu's Bookshop), Brasov, Romania
Libraria Ralu (Ralu’s Bookshop), Brasov, Romania

I was getting back from the cable car and the old town’s centre and heading toward the park. I was a bit hungry so the scents coming form all the shops or restaurants were very powerful. You know, we all pay attention more to what we are interested in. So, as I was thinking what I should eat on my way to the park (not too much as I was expecting my husband to finish his job in Brasov and to go to a dinner together), I was passing by many shops.

As I was looking at the old buildings on the other side of the road, I didn’t realize I was passing by a house I liked and photographed on my way toward the cable car. So I was walking and I was literally hit in the face by a smell, a scent I love: that of new books! And what a lovely and dear scent this is!

Yes, I was in front of a bookshop and the scent was simply irresistible. I love to read, I buy books and I read each day – and I am also happy to see my son loves books as well. The scent of a new book, the smell of a printed story always had a special place in my heart.

As I stopped for a moment in front of that bookshop, I filled my lungs with that smell. I didn’t feel it so powerful in a long while, if I ever did in fact.

If you are wondering if I entered the bookshop to buy books, the answer is simple: I was travelling only with my camera bag, already full – I had an umbrella, a bottle of water and a book in it already. So no, I didn’t go in – and I regret that now! But I promised myself to go in that bookshop next time I’m in Brasov and buy at least a book!

How about you: do you have such a place that impressed you through its smell?

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Libraria Ralu, Brasov, Romania
Libraria Ralu, Brasov, Romania
Libraria Ralu, Brasov
Libraria Ralu, Brasov

 

Lori

I’m offering public relations, communications and image counseling in everyday life and I have a PR agency – PRwave INTERNATIONAL. I am passionate about reading, blogging (I also have a blog in Romanian) and traveling. Follow me on Twitter - @violetaloredana (Romanian) and @TravelMoments.

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