Side Note: Tools of the Trade

When on day trips, I have to have a bag. With the camera, pens, notes, books, umbrella, and whatever else, I just have to carry it all in something. This is tough to do without looking like a even more severe tourist than I already am.

Pam Am Airlines In defense of looking more out of place than usual, I found myself a satchel that blended in a bit better than my black backpack. A local street vendor in Paris had Pan Am Airlines branded bags available, which were more in the style of what was seen on the street.

I found this to be most amusing since I don’t think a real Pam Am flight has been in the air for years, but it looks pretty cool, and doesn’t stand out too much more than I do normally.

Packed in the bag for our Daily excursions is (usually) the following:

  • HP Photosmart E427 Digital Camera
  • Moleskine Paris notebook, filled with notes on locations and blank sections for taking further notes
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Chapstick
  • Hand Cleaning Gel
  • Shout Wipes
  • Sunglasses
  • Panasonic 700x video camera (sometimes)
  • Guidebook and Map (for wherever we are visiting)
  • Cellphone (with Orange France SIM)
  • Altoids
  • Laguiole Pocketknife with corkscrew (this is France after all)

And then I stuff in whatever we are carrying about with us, usually a baguette, some water, a bottle of wine, etc. With this we have been conquering France. Vive la Revolution!