Bags, shoes, gloves, perfume, couture socks etc. I bring back chatchkes - souvenirs from pastry shops, tea salons and candy stores. Like I'm addicted to plastic gelato spoons. These are my Paris treasures.
Some people buy real French handbags. I bring home the paper sacs and they're free too. Well almost. You do usually have to buy something. They are not giving them out for free ever.
Maybe because like Mount Everest, they are THERE!
They are light weight. The red napkin at the bottom is from Hediard.
I always forget the French word for stickers / Les autocollants(Merci Jen) but I never forget to grab some. Many places have more than one design too! Candy / confiserie stores are terrific for these.
Carte de visit - I always try to pick up one on the way out. I love the elaborate designs. French business cards are a dream.
Oh don't forget, you must ask for the l'addition or bill in a restaurant. Don't sit there and expect it to show up. And don't dare get up and walk out in consternation.
It's grounds for arrest in France to leave without paying your bill. Nor are they interested in your dish washing skills. In a cafe they bring the bill with your order in a little special dish.
The only thing you can take away is this tiny Canderel sugar thingie.
No logo sugar cubes, nuttin. I figured you'd seen enough of my sugar cube collection, so they're resting in seclusion.
An adorable paper bag a croissant probably came in, from some anonymous boulangerie.
I tried to smooth out the wrinkles
Doesn't this little bag say France?
The care, attention, the wit that goes into the small, quotidien things of French life.