When I lived in Canada I used to love being able to smell the ocean every day. To this day smelling the ocean immediately reminds of Canada and inevitabely puts me in a good mood.
When M and I stayed at the ocean for our summer vacation in Italy this year I noticed something very odd - every time M said to me "Can you smell the ocean - it's a really strong scent today?" - I was not able to smell anything or maybe only some faint traces of ocean scent - but far away from the strong scent M was talking about.
Well, I guess it has finally happened - I have had severe pollen allergies for many years now and I guess it has affected my sense of smell now.