Millefiori

The tiny "P" in the centre of this paperweight made it the ideal souvernir de Paris!
The tiny “P” in the centre of this paperweight made it the ideal souvernir de Paris!

One Sunday morning strolled I with the charming Miss H through the little walkways of the Village St Paul. In the crisp autumn air the early light cast long shadows as the antique vendors arranged their bibelots enticingly on the quaint stalls that sprang up along the winding laneways. Could we unearth a treasure; a little something to take home as a souvenir de Paris, or were the objects d’art all beyond the means of our humble purses?

Delightful as it was meandering through the little fair, nibbling genteely at a pain au chocolat still warm from the bakery, the little price tags discreetly placed on the rare and beautiful items caused a momentary feeling of melancholia until the next bright and shiny object distracted our simple minds.

Alas, the last crumb of the pastry had been licked from our fingers and the end of the Village St Paul was nigh. Would we return empty handed?

And there it was.

Odd to find a paperweight made in Perthshire Scotland a table in the Village St Paul. And us from Perth too!
Odd to find a paperweight made in Perthshire Scotland on a table in the Village St Paul. And us from Perth too!

As the morning sun rose slightly higher in the sky a shaft of sunlight prised its way though two delightfully crooked apartments and illuminated a table crowded with assorted glassware. There amongst the cut crystal was a paperweight filled with tiny florets glowing in the sunlight. In the central cane I discerned a tiny “P”.

Here was the perfect souvenir, “P” for Paris, for TJ Paris, A paperweight made in Perthshire and I TJ Paris from Perth!

Not only that but the vendor was obviously an ingénue for the price was most reasonable and I snapped it up, to the immense relief of Miss H for whom the joy of fossicking in boxes of old tat had begun to pall.

And now its sits, glimmering in the lamplight, a wonderful momento of a wonderful morning in Paris.

Photography 101: Treasure

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