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|
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.