I have no souvenirs of my trip to Sweden. At least nothing purchased.
I brought home photos, of course. It would have been hard not to, surrounded by such sights. Here’s a last one. The inlet, where my stepfamily docks their boats.
The lack of goods isn’t completely my fault, or my virtue for that matter. There aren’t many stores on Ingmarso. However, when we visited Sandhamn I did buy a shirt for my daughter. Her birthday’s coming up. It’s white, tunic-style, with a criss-cross tie. I gave it to her while we were there.
I thought about this shirt too,
given the label.
Some things follow you all your life. No matter where you go. I hadn’t known Scandinavian Preppy was crying out for definition, but travel will broaden the mind.
Another possibility on Sandhamn.
But having brought dishtowels home from France, enough, it seemed, was enough in the way of pieces of cloth with which to mop my pots.
On my way home, I spotted this gentleman in Chicago. He had gotten off the flight from Stockholm too. He wore natty, orange napkin clips from SAS business class on his sky blue Lacoste lapel. I told him he looked great. Clips would have been good souvenirs.
There is something else I am coveting, however, as a post-trip souvenir. Remember how Sweden just had a royal wedding? And you know what the Europeans do when they have a royal wedding? They go all capitalist. Leading to fabulous items de decor. That’s fancy French for stuff.
Witness the Royal Collection. These are table runners.
But I want the Royal Collection porcelain bowls. My Swedish stepsister gave mugs in this pattern to my daughter and I started wringing my hands and thinking, “My Preciousssssssss,” immediately. They are so smooth. The pale blue is so pale. My china is white, or white and gold. Of course, I’d have to hide the pink and gold Murano doves that sit on my dining table or risk perpetual Easter egg as a home decor theme, but The Princess needs my support. She told me so.
What souvenirs do you like to bring home? And what are your feelings about royal wedding china? Do you have any feelings about royal wedding china? I had a friend who collected Coronation mugs. The British and their inimitable sense of humor. I just can’t figure out if I want these bowls – because I like them – or whether once they were in my house I’d say to myself, “Really? Crowns?”
But good souvenirs are exempt from the usual strictures.