Paris and Purchases

10 Aug


As I mentioned in the previous post, France was freezing (not really, but it was cold after our jaunt to Portugal) and I only packed for warm, sunny weather (sun dresses and sandals) so I had to wear the same thing over and over again (this was very difficult for me). As a result, you will not see ANY pictures of me (picture me with my dad’s red sweater, jeans, and running shoes, walking though the streets of Paris. I would have been shown the exit had I walked into Hermes dressed like this). In fact, ALL pictures of me from this part of the trip have been burned…SO,¬†we’re skipping past the photos of Paris and ending the European vacation on the few items that I purchased.

One of my favorite fountains by Niki de Saint Phalle. (Remember the Howard Jones video (What Is Love?) from a million years ago filmed here?)





First up, a bottle of wine we purchased on our way home in Paris, which was quickly consumed…and the wine bottle holder from Chambord (it’s some kind of a wild boar, though it’s difficult to tell from the pictures).

Kusmi Tea: I’ve never tried it, but it smelled divine and I like the packaging. I’ll keep you posted when I sample it.

Some bowls from Portugal, in the southern style that were oh so cheap. I can’t wait to use these!

A trio of condiment bowls atop a small platter that I purchase in Lisbon.

…and a close up of one of the bowls taken off of the serving platter…

I also purchased a couple of scarves in Paris, but I’m not sure where they’ve walked off to. It’s hard to believe that I didn’t buy anything else. All of these pieces, like everything else that I’ve bought will go into storage in Amman until we’re reunited in the States in a few months. At this point, it will be like Christmas when I get to unwrap all of the treasures that I’ve been collecting over the course of 15 months–all of the items from Egypt (which I never got around to posting), the icons and bowls from Israel, the pottery from Jordan, the mosaics, the Syrian furniture…

8 Responses to “Paris and Purchases”

  1. Patty Grimm August 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm #

    Hi Jen,

    Congratulations to you, it sounds like you’re moving back to the States soon. I know your move to Jordan was difficult, but as time passes, you’ll remember the good times more than the bad.

    Best wishes, Patty

  2. joe palumbo August 11, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Jen, what’s wrong with my red sweater.. I thought it made a nice fashion statement. Like look at me I am soooo comfortable in everything I wear.. I would like to say something French here but I can think of many sayings but the spelling would not come out right.. Enjoy the pottery.. Dad

  3. Raelynn August 11, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    The bowls with the fish spoke to me, and said “we’re Pisces bowls” ok, maybe that’s because I’m a Pisces and I love them! You’re going to have a beautiful collection of items from great places when you come back to the states!!!

  4. Marti Hunter August 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Jen….you would look beautiful in a burlap sack! So glad you have had such great adventures….lovely bowls and great wine holder! See you soon!

  5. NTP August 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    How does one burn digital pictures?

  6. thetravelingtimes August 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Thanks to you, I was able to shop more in Spain! I’ve nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award:

    • jenmaaninamman August 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      Thank you so much! I hope to see the purchases featured on your blog. My favorite part of traveling is coming home and looking at my treasures.


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