Parisian Landmarks

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Travel

Parisian Landmarks

“…the whole of Paris is a vast university of Art, Literature and Music…it is worth anyone’s while to dally here for years.  Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in Everything.” James Thurber, humorist & editor of The New Yorker Splendid, sublime… majestic, monumental…inconceivable, irreplaceable…trying to describe Paris is akin to trying to consume an elephant in one bite. Impossible. The best I can do is provide tasty nibbles around the edges of this most sumptuous feast in all the world.  Last month we donned our tourista berets and skimmed the menu.  This month, we’ll try to...

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Parisian Romance

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 in All Blog Posts

Parisian Romance

Perhaps no other city in the world evokes such passion as Paris. When it comes to romance, we envision lovers strolling along the Seine, but truth be told, for many it’s the city itself with which they fall in love – body and soul.  Many who protest they’re not “romantic” admit an ardor for the City of Light.  A passion for a city exciting and enticing.  A city of mystery and allure, grandeur and nobility, novelty and originality.  She is simultaneously classic and chic, dashing and demure. She is Paris. Whether sheathed in starlight and sparkling fountains where lovers kiss at...

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Princess Nyabongo

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Travel

Princess Nyabongo

If you’ve read Parisian Romance you’ve already encountered at least one of these handkerchiefs.  They have such an interesting provenance, however, I decided to give them their own mini-blog.  Often when I present to audiences, I explain I feel as though I’m on a Search and Rescue Mission to save these small harbingers of history.  Needless to say, there are thousands of us Search and Rescue folks around the world, and I recently met two more, a couple from Tennessee from whom I purchased these hankies.   When I spied this bold and brilliant admonition “It’s Never Too Late” (what a great...

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Texas & The West

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Travel, USA

Texas & The West

We’ve traveled through Kansas and Oklahoma in our sojourn west, and I’m sure a few Texans are wondering when we’re going to give a tip of the ten gallon to the Lone Star State where The Stars at Night are Big and Bright. (Sorry, couldn’t resist. Did you know there are 100++ songs devoted to Texas? from Abilene to Amarillo,  Big D to Brownsville,  Galveston to La Grange, Luckenbach to San Antonio…Texans love to sing about their state!) When it comes to handkerchiefs and fashion, you’ll find the Yellow Rose of Texas prominently featured, in every style – from bold and brassy to fluttery...

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Kansas & Missouri – America’s Heartland

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 in All Blog Posts, Travel, USA

Kansas & Missouri – America’s Heartland

In this land of plenty we have extoled the beauty of the “fruited plain” and now turn our attention to the grandeur of the “amber waves of grain”. Note the golden wheat featured on the prairie in this souvenir hankie, along with pioneers traveling the Santa Fe Trail, a miniscule oil well (gushing, no less!) and domed state capitol. Also note the American Flag at 12 o’clock marking the geographic center of the U.S.  We are indeed in the “heartland” of America. As discussed in our New York blog, these delicately embroidered hankies were never utilitarian, but strictly for collecting and were...

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