A World of Captivating Scents™

A trip to Hertfordshire to see a sea of purple

A trip to Hertfordshire to see a sea of purple
The view of rows of scented Lavender in a field is a sight to behold, and a positive assault on your other senses too. Bees buzzing, butterflies fluttering, and the scent of Lavender fills the air, what more could you want from a serene afternoon in the Hertfordshire countryside.

Stockholm - a pretty city with a lovely nature

Stockholm - a pretty city with a lovely nature
Stockholm is a city rich with striking buildings, fabulous restaurants, interesting museums with lots of history, and plenty of stylish places to chill and relax by the water. We say this about a lot of places, but it really is worth a trip.

Top tips for packing for a weekend break

Top tips for packing for a weekend break
Become a packing expert with our top tips for packing light for a weekend away. It just requires a bit of thinking upfront, some coordinating in the middle, and some rolling or folding at the end, and hey presto, you're now a packing expert!

Antibes - a special place in the South of France

Through the trees to the old town of Antibes, South of France
Lavender and pine are just some of the scents to be discovered in Antibes, in the south of France. There's museums, beaches, a marina, shops, a gorgeous Provence market, and lovely restaurants and bars. I think the combination of all of this plus old memories makes this place so special.

Somewhere undiscovered or an old favourite...

Somewhere undiscovered or an old favourite...
Destination unknown or cherished haven? Which do you prefer? Our advice would be to have a mix of the two, as life is all about experiences, and sometimes it's good to have new ones, and sometimes it's nice to revisit an old one.

Scents of Summer

Scents of Summer
Scents of the summer season range from freshly cut grass to salty fish and chips to coconut infused suntan lotion, and evoke memories from the many summers past. What fragrances take you back to some special summers?

Cinque Terre - picture perfect postcard!

Cinque Terre in the Ligurian region of Italy
Cinque Terre - it really is picture perfect for your postcards! Not that anyone sends postcards these days, such a shame really. The 5 fishing villages along this section of the Ligurian coastline are beautiful, and the food from this region is simple and delicious...

Venice - a charming city with a challenge...

Venice - a charming city with a challenge...
The charming city of Venice with gondolas galore, hidden alleyways, Prosecco and Aperol Spritz by the bucketload, and the feeling that you're on a Bond movie set. It might make sense to visit sooner rather than later as tourists may become persona non grata at some point soon.

Who doesn't love a good wedding...

Who doesn't love a good wedding...
We certainly do at Taylor Benfield, especially if it gives us the opportunity to do some travelling at the same time.  And we've been very lucky to be invited to lots abroad in some amazing locations, as well as some fabulous places in the UK. Smiles, happy people, champagne, canapés, gorgeous food and wine, what's not to love.

New Zealand - the home of two islands! A focus on the North!

New Zealand - the home of two islands! A focus on the North!
New Zealand is a wonderful place to go and take it easy, it definitely has a slower pace (unlike this river in Taupo) but you'll need a lot of time as there's lots to see and do, especially if you like the great outdoors. The scenery is stunning as you'll see if you read on...

St Albans - it's got a lot of history!

St Albans - it's got a lot of history!
St Albans - the city dates a long way back to Roman times - there's lots to see from way back then and also lots to enjoy in the city in the present day from shopping to eating and drinking plus you never know who you might bump into - a ghostly neighbour or two!

Getting ready for a trip - some hints and tips

Getting ready for a trip - some hints and tips
What do you need to take on a beach holiday vs a city break? What kind of handbag do you need? How much is too much? Our little blog helps you plan out your packing to make it less stressful and get you off on the right foot (or at least the right footwear).