The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

The Best Souvenirs are the People You’ll Meet

The girl brought it out in truth as she might have brought a huge confession, something she admitted herself shy about and that would seem to show her as frivolous; it had rolled over her that what she wanted of Europe was “people,” so far as they were to be had, and that if her friend really wished to know, the vision of this same equivocal quantity was what had haunted her during their previous days, in museums and churches, and what was again spoiling for her the pure taste of scenery. She was all for scenery–yes; but she wanted it human and personal…

–Henry James. The Wings of the Dove.

My favorite simitçi.

My favorite simitci.


Trogir, Croatia

Trogir, Croatia


A flea circus in Prague

A flea circus in Prague

3 comments on “The Best Souvenirs are the People You’ll Meet

  1. Darlene
    January 7, 2016

    Yes, it´s the people!

  2. michaelwatsonvt
    January 7, 2016

    Marvelous title, and splendid quote! I love the landscapes of places I visit, but the people, and sometimes the animals, make t hose places memorable.

  3. davecenker
    January 8, 2016

    I couldn’t agree more, and the images you provide to accompany these words, Paige, accentuate that premise perfectly.

    It’s ironic also that as I begin the editing process on my first novel, the premise of the story has to do with the same concept – Success is less about what you overcome or achieve, and more about who you share that experience with 😉

    Thanks for sharing and best wishes for an inspired day!

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