23 September 2014

My passport to explore the world

Asked the other day for my favourite book ever read, I was utterly stumped. Does one pick a lofty tome to suggest culture, a favourite pick-me-up-whenever-blue book or an inspiring biography?



After much deliberation, I realised it was actually a non-fiction compilation, a small embossed account of international travel, expeditions to foreign lands, and the occasional luxury day trip.

My passport.


Travelling by train through several countries this weekend (England to Amsterdam via France & Brussels) it struck me how much I adore brandishing my little black and silver book. Not just a record of any old journey, it's a series of travel diaries charting adventures in far-off lands. Each stamp is irrefutable proof of another country conquered, another way to remember.

Every new country is another lesson learned, an additional culture experienced and more tastes of a different way to live life. Perhaps I'm being overly sentimental, but I don't really want new-fangled technology to replace my dog-eared record...

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  1. Wow, I totally agree. My favourite work of fiction will always be Jane Eyre though :)

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  2. It is jam packed! I was so sad when I had to get a new one and shelf the old one with so many visas and stamps.

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  3. I'm always jealous of the opportunities that non-Europeans have to acquire lots of exciting stamps! Saying that I do have a fair few myself from trips outside this continent. I love how many forgotten memories are stored there ready to be rediscovered each time I take a trip.

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  4. I’m so jealous! They don’t stamp passports in the European Union countries if you are a citizen so, since I’m Italian, I only have 5 or 6 stamps! New Zealand Passport is so cute by the way.



    Happy travels! :)

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  5. Now THAT is a beautiful site!
    I agree, it has to be the most interesting of books, and so many unwritten stories still to come! I hope your week has been a great one, Tammy x

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  6. It is heartwarming, isn't it!
    A great week, thank you Tammy - I hope you too! x

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  7. I get really sad when they don't stamp it, crazy I know... it's not fair!

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  8. Now, that's an idea! Hehehe, the answer is did you? ;)

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  9. I'm going to use Lauren's tip (above) I think! It's wonderful isn't it - packs a punch for such a small book

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  10. Mostly with Paris stamps though (hello eclairs...). I can't bear to throw my old passports out.

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  11. Ahhh, a Bronte girl Angie - such a beautiful classic.

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  12. Oh yes, love the Brontes but also Austen for less depressing :-*

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  13. Haha I know... I didn't though, he was a rather handsome looking french man too! ;)

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  14. I am jealous :( they don't stamp my passport for european visits, so mine are all just Canadian or the States and since I live here now and am unable to leave I don't even have any new Canadian stamps/States stamps!

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