I’m getting ready to go to France next month and I decided to look through some of my souvenirs from earlier visits there. When I go this time I’ll mainly be in Provence which will be new to me. My idea of souvenirs include postcards, maps and museum guides. In addition I have quite a collection of scarves and purses (among other things) from France that I still have at home. But I also consider photographs to be souvenirs because they are special to me and have wonderful memories. These are some of my keepsakes from France.
Mont Saint-Michel guide
Here I’ve included a few pictures I took in Paris that are my idea of postcards. They are now among my favorite souvenirs.
This is from Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
A street sign.
And here is a landmark that needs no caption.
I’ll be traveling to France in late May so it is time for planning and research. I have a stack of books from the library and I’m looking at travel websites. Although I have been to Paris and northwest France, this will be my first visit to Provence and I’m really looking forward to going there. I’ll be in Avignon and Aix-en-Provence and I know there’s a lot to see. After that I’ll go to Paris by train. As I prepare for this trip I’m making a travel list which includes the following: Continue reading
This picture is from the inside entrance of the Louvre in Paris. It was quite an experience to see paintings I’d studied in Art History class! And when I look at the picture I see lots of squares and angles.
This is part of a series on Travel Confessions. My nomination was from Renee at cravesadventure and you should go to her blog and read her travel confessions too!
There are a few rules in the Travel Confessions series:
- Post a photo (or photos) and description(s) of your confession(s) in a new post.
- Tweet your post with hashtag #TravelConfession and follow/tweet @Traveling9to5
- Tag 3 other travelers you’d love to see
My list is all about souvenirs. Some are useful, some are decorative, and some never make it home at all (chocolate).
Confession 1: I still bring home refrigerator magnets when I travel. I already have a big collection, but they’re cute, inexpensive and easy to pack. And when they’re on my refrigerator I get to reminisce about where I got them. Here are some of my favorites.
Confession 2: Shoes, handbags, jewelry and scarves are my idea of great souvenirs. When someone admires one of these items I like to say, “I got this in Italy.” Then I try to stop talking because otherwise I’ll describe the day, time and place where I purchased it. But I always remember…
Confession 2 1/2: This relates to Confession 2. After my first trip to Florence I found myself with three handbags, two pairs of shoes and many scarves. I barely had room for these in my suitcase and I finally had to leave the shoeboxes behind.
Confession 3: Chocolate is a delicious souvenir, and sadly one that never lasts long because I eat it immediately. Here’s an example: I bought chocolate at the Rome airport that I ate before I boarded the plane. However I still have the empty box.
Now I will nominate three bloggers to share their travel confessions:
East of Málaga
DUTCH goes ITALIAN
I’m looking forward to hearing your stories!
I start to think about the change in time zones when I board my flight. That’s when I adjust my watch to the time of the place I’m going. At first I don’t really pay attention to it and do things like eat the dinner provided by the airline several hours into the flight. After that I end up watching as many movies as possible with breaks to stand up, walk, and drink water. For me the time change doesn’t become real until the plane lands.
When I travel I know there’s a limited amount of space for bringing home keepsakes. Whatever fits into a suitcase beyond what I brought with me is what I have to work with. Oh, and my oversized purse and a tote bag. And other bags from things I bought at the airport. So there are lots of opportunities to bring home souvenirs and other important items such as chocolate. But I already know that chocolate won’t make it through the plane trip, much less all the way home.
This phrase sometimes appears on my airline reservation, and it means I’m traveling out of the country. It also creates a situation that I have yet to resolve: trying to sleep on an overnight flight!
A trip to France seemed inevitable from the time I started learning French in elementary school. My teacher, Mme. Oiseau, was from France and we sang a lot of nursery rhymes and rounds that year. “Sur le pont d’ Avignon…” Did I know what the words meant? Yes, believe it or not. As the years went on, I learned other useful information such as a verb tense that is only used in writing. Such was my classroom experience.