Some of the most beautiful memories we have are all the more magical because of smell. It is the only one of the five senses that is fully developed at birth, so even newborns are sensitive to smell.
As a child, I remember visiting the Giacomin bakery in my neighborhood every day after swim class, enticed by all the aromas of their pastries and breads. In the summer, the smell of hot, buttered popcorn at the movies always meant we were in for a treat. During the holidays, the Christmas trees in our living room (and later, the smells of sausages and chestnuts roasting around Central Park) always marked the beginning of the season. Even while travelling, the clean scents of the Hotel Costes in Paris and the warm smells of the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles are unforgettable parts of our trips.