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What to buy in France

Posted on August 18th, 2009

Who can resist buying a little something to take home as a treasured memory of their trip to France. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order.

I think I buy a beautiful scarf everytime I go to Paris from either a outdoor vendor or my favorite scarf shop, Selection Privee on rue de Rivoli.

Wine is another great buy. I love to look for wines that I can not get at home and bring them back to enjoy and remind me of sitting in a cafe enjoying a glass or two.

Perfume! I can remember the first time I walked into the Bon Marche department store in Paris and walked through the perfume counters. The scents that hung in the store kept calling to me, smell me, buy me! Who can resist finding a new perfume and if you really want to experience perfume visit Grasse where you can even mix a bottle of your own.

If you are visiting Provence, you will be tempted by the table clothes, Provencal fabrics, quilts, lavander sachets, soaps, olive oil, Provencal herbs, and pottery….just to name a few.

Buy a local painting and hang it on your wall when you return home. You can enjoy this reminder of France for many years to come and dream of returning.

Buy an ornament at a Christmas market or a hand made souvenir. Chocolates, chocolates and more chocolates. Maybe even hot chocolate from Angelina’s in Paris.

Oh and don’t forget all the Eiffel Tower souvenirs to go on you desk or key chain at home. Even splurge a little and find just the right limoge box.

Visit a local grocery store and see the different food items that make great gifts for the folks back home to sample a little bit of France. The little sea salts are my favorite.

So many things to enjoy and bring home, but even if you can only afford one thing, it is always fun looking!

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