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Alexandra Kalle, super-nez

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I must confess, it’s something I had never really thought very much about: perfume. Even the origin of the word wasn’t entirely clear to me. Per= through. Fumare = to smoke. So: fumes from a burning substance = perfume. And someone who creates or designs perfumes is a perfumer – accent on the second syllable. It’s not clear how many perfumers there are worldwide (perhaps 500?) or in Germany (two dozen?). An elite member of this exclusive clique is Alexandra Kalle – my latest guest on Talking Germany.

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July 25, 2014

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