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  • Writer's pictureWendy Elizabeth

Global Romance (at home)


Do you remember the romance of travel? Exciting days spent planning a trip, deciding what to wear, and knowing that you would be well taken care of along the way. Lots of pleasant smiles, an extra blanket before you asked, and food that actually tasted good; presented in pretty little packages, with a knife and fork that didn’t bend when you tried to cut a soggy, overcooked green bean.

It used to be fun, and, not that long ago, it was a special occasion to go overseas or take a cruise. We could wave people off, and they would actually have a few moments to stand and wave back. Now, we are herded into tired lines, scared to carry a piece of fruit, and forced to weigh our toothpaste.

But, all is not lost; thankfully, the nice part of travel can still be provoked, and the souvenirs of years ago can easily be found. Vintage pieces mix with the new; reminding us of adventures taken, and how getting ready should be a process, not an App and a pair of slip-on shoes.

Whether you romanticize the past, or have a passion for other countries, here are a few ways to celebrate the old-fashioned joy of travel (without even looking for your passport).

Collect old letters, postcards and stamps (from near and far). Try to find out who sent them, and see if you can trace them to current day families.

Indulge yourself with a giant mural of your favorite city. (Enjoy your croissant without ever having to speak a word of French).

It doesn’t have to be fancy, expensive, or look real, just buy something that reminds you of where you’d like to go.

I think, everyone should have a globe in their house (perfect for dreaming, planning and pretending to brushing up on your Geography skills).

The perfect reminder of days-gone-by.  Vintage suitcases are always useful, inexpensive, a little smelly sometimes, but colorful, interesting, and very sturdy.

Whether you travel, or not, never forget the adventure….

Thank you to: www.fancy.com for the Mural, www.jacadi.us for the Stuffed Elephant, www.ladieslotto.com for the Luggage www.1stdibs.com for the Globe www.delcamp.com for the Vintage Note Postcard, and  www.eyedealpostcards.com for the Vintage Airplane Postcard

For more by Wendy and the Blue Giraffe, go to: http://www.thebluegiraffe.com/

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