Parisien Salon’s newest contributor, Ashley Bruckbauer, gave me the wonderful idea to share some of the many treasures I’ve purchased in Paris. After all, everyone loves collecting mementos from their travels. It helps create visceral memories of a voyage, giving you something tangible to hold on to afterwards.My most treasured mementos of Paris are, of course, my photographs. I can always look at them and remember exactly what I was thinking and feeling when I took the picture. But beyond that, there are some “take homes” that I cherish: little finds that deepen my connection to the city I love so much. I could easily fill an entire website with photos and descriptions of each, so here are just a few:
There’s a little boutique on avenue Bosquet in the 7th (between rue de Grenelle and rue Saint-Dominique) called Florent Monestier. It’s a delightful shop offering mostly accessories for la maison, but there’s also a section with “vintage” toys. When you step through the front door and move to the right, there are shelves of these collectible tin toys that I just adore. None are made in Paris, bien sûr, but there is just something so Parisien about them. At least to me. I’ve collected a few of these and have them scattered about my apartment.
Being une petite femme, I’ve always been rather simplistic when it comes to my jewelry. My tastes tend to be a little bohemian, which is why I fell in love with this ring in the window of Gudule on rue des Abbesses in Montmartre (there are six locations in Paris). I’m not sure where it was handcrafted. Gudule’s jewelry, consisting of silver and semi-precious stones sold by weight, comes from Africa, Asia and India. But it most definitely reminds me of Paris.
One afternoon, after a long stroll through Montmartre, I found myself at the Place du Tertre. I was instantly captivated by the paintings of Henri – watercolors and oils alike. This piece in particular drew me in, not just because of the color and composition, but because it spoke to my love of music…something that Henri clearly shared with me. In the years since I purchased this (and a few other pieces) from Henri, I’ve tried finding him, but he seems lost to me forever.
So what are some of the treasures you’ve picked up on your travels to Paris? I’d love to see them…and may even share them with the readers of Parisien Salon. Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.