Friday 29 July 2011

Random Reason I Love Paris #3

You never know which souvenir will be your favourite. And most likely it won't be a traditional souvenir.

Of course there are marvellous memories, and fabulous photos. Planned purchases, such as the beautiful tapestry I bought in a chateaux in the Loire. It hangs in my bedroom and still makes me happy.

But there are other objects that you bring home too. Often quite ordinary commonplace objects. My favourite object that I brought back from my first trip was actually a pair of nail clippers that I bought on the Champs Elysee. I didn't set out to buy a pair of gold nail clippers on the Champs Elysee. I'd forgotten to take any with me, and so a broken nail sent me into a chemist to make an everyday purchase. I've lost those clippers somewhere, but I actually loved them. Everytime I used them I thought of Paris. I even make sure I need to buy a tube of toothpaste while in Paris, then I leave it in my travel bag, and so every time I go away I can think about Paris again.

Last year I bough a trivet. But not an ordinary trivet. A fabulous folding yellow trivet. It would be a great object and fun to use if I bought it down the street at home. But I didn't. I bought it on Ile St Louis, just after yet another visit to Berthillon. And that makes it better.

Great colour (I suspect that I will now think of it as Andy Schleck yellow) to make it easy to find in the drawer,  folds up small for  Parisian apartement, or Australian house living

it is a bit of an IQ test the first few times

In action

I loved it so much I bought one for my mother and my sister too. I hope they love theirs as much as I love mine.


Trish said...

How cool to see a picture of this trivet right after I received one as a gift from my visiting Swiss cousin. I'd never seen anything like it until now. Hehe . . . nifty.

Unknown said...

I've been enjoying your Reasons I Love Paris a great deal, but I had to comment today to say my favourite Paris souvenir (other than a longed for and saved up for pair of Chanel sunglasses) was a bright green vegetable peeler, bought at Galeries Lafayette. It was so good, so sharp, and so ergonomic, next visit to Paris I bought another three and gave them to my Mum and my sister.

So clearly I'm not the only one who gets excited by small French kitchen gadgets.It's lovely to think of Paris every time I peel a spud!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Have you been following Molly at Cozy Book Nook? She left for Paris last Sunday and she set a goal of posting every day and taking 500 photos a day. Here's Day 1.

Unknown said...

A love of the seemingly mundane and every day :-) A girl out of my own heart

bermudaonion said...

That is quite unique! I'm hoping to go to Paris in October and will have to look for one of these for my son since he lives in a tiny apartment.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

I just added this little treasure to my next "Paris visit" list... so easy to return with several of these for gifts. Of course, one will be pour moi!


Louise said...

Trish- I love syncronicity!

Ahhh thanks Fiona. A vegetable peeler is a great idea for a souvenir, I might have to seek out something like that next time. So are Chanel sunglasses though.

No I hadn't Deb, thanks for the link, I'm so jealous.

Thanks Relish.

Kathy- there's so many fun things to find in Paris.

Genie- I think I'll have to start going on commission!