Timeless Tradition – The Travel Journal

Preserving memories, telling stories


We have something in common with Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway. Now, before you rush to judgment about our perceived arrogance, allow me to explain. Moleskine® is our common denominator, the lovely and legendary notebooks that preserve recorded thoughts, whimsical sketches and travel stories.

One of the very first ‘must-do’s’, when we arrive in France is to seek out a little papeterie – stationer’s shop – to find just the right journal for our trip. It’s not at all difficult to find one with a personable owner and a delightful variety of notebooks – with fancy covers or a little pocket in the back, ruled pages or fine unlined paper.

Then, we are set for that quiet moment along the Seine, when we simply must record the scenes before us. Or, while at a café in Aix-en-Provence, the pen hits the paper to preserve the setting. I sketch the nanny on the bench in the Jardin des Plantes, watching over her charges; and do the same in Bandol, as my daughter and I enjoyed a terrace lunch.

Nanny in the park

I looked through a journal from Paris just today to discover an inspired assortment of ‘keepsakes’ – a Cotes d’Auvergne wine label (but of course!) tickets to the metro, the Louvre and Musee Marmottan, a little café receipt and a handsome brochure for an elegant boutique hotel.

Call me sentimental, as you wish, but those little items, notes and sketches resurrected some extraordinary memories. As Moleskine® indicates, “The adventure of Moleskine continues to widen, and its still-blank pages will tell the rest.”

Perhaps, you would like to seek out your own papeterie, your very special notebook; so you can capture the special moments of your journey.

We’d love to hear from you! swsheridan@francedailyphoto.com

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