The intense light of the sun makes one seeking shade. It is what Léon Panckoucke and his wife do by walking along the footbridge which leads them aboard the steamer SR Lotus. A few meters away, in the Nile, a man washes two of his horses in the river.
It is not long before the boat starts moving away from the green platform. Léon and Lucienne go up to the upper deck to watch the landscapes. The mineral hills are bordered by the green colours of the valley shades which line the blue waters of the river.
Installed in his armchair, Léon watches the rural village activities. Smells of saffron combine to create an indescribable precious and intense alchemy, with notes of patchouli, leather and oud. A sensual heat of woody fragrances which the hop enhances.