I like to bring back souvenirs from my trips. With this goal always in mind, I’ve started collecting bookmarks. Some of the advantages of bookmarks are that they’re small, usually made of paper, and they weigh practically nothing. And since I like to read books, these become souvenirs that I actually use. This keeps them from ending up forgotten (well, semi-forgotten) in a shoebox.
Some of the bookmarks that I’ve collected are from places where souvenirs are sold. Others were displayed with pamphlets and area maps (the kind with advertising on them). The latter type of bookmark comes in handy while I’m visiting a place because it will have a telephone number, street address and website information on it. And later on, it makes a fine souvenir.
When I visited Orléans, France last spring, I found a bookmark featuring Joan of Arc. Now this was something that made a great souvenir! In fact I’m using it now, so I get to remember being in France every time I pick up the book I’m reading. And for me that’s the point of a souvenir. I would say this bookmark is just right.
Here’s a few more…