I have been back from Paris for a day now, and faced with the grey skies and constant drizzle of Geneva, I look back on the trip with fond longing. It is not very far, really, and so it is almost difficult to believe the speed with which I have found myself back at home, dreading another Monday, barely having had the time to unpack, review my many pictures and travel stories, and all the souvenirs I brought back.
I thought to myself that I really must write something for the blog today, and even though I have left it too late to put up a proper typecast, I remembered I took pictures at the Geneva market a couple of weeks ago that I have not yet shared, so here they are. There is much to be shared about the trip to Paris, some of it even concerning typewriters, but not as much as I had hoped (is there ever?).
Breathtaking typewriter finds have been few and far between in Geneva these days, so you will excuse this rather dull round-up of plastic-bodied azerty Remingtons and re-branded Brother typewriters...
Was Paris any more productive? Well, let's just say I made sure to pack in 7 (yes, count 'em) visits to brocantes (antique markets), vide-greniers (literally attic-emptiers, this usually means a neighborhood-wide garage sale), and marches aux puces (flea markets). The results were... well, interesting (in that not-entirely-positive sort of way). You'll see.
Back to Geneva, I'm sad to have missed the market for the past couple of weeks (due to train travel) just as things were beginning to look interesting, but I'll make up for it this Saturday, weather-permitting. The fact that we sighted all five of the typewriters in this post in one day is very promising indeed, because for just about the whole summer, we were fortunate if we saw even one per week.
A Hermes Media... but of course :-)
The next post will be on typewriter sightings in Paris - there weren't overly many, and to lift my spirits I did a lot of stationery shopping (papeteries are as ubiquitous as pharmacies and news stands) which turned out to be quite productive as well and will be written up in due course.