As a child I collected souvenirs of all types whenever I visited a new place. I have a shoe box of postcards all addresses to myself, noting where we had been and what the weather had been like, a tradition passed on to me by my Nan. I have a rather modest collection, of now tarnished, pin badges. Another tradition inherited from my Nan. The only problem with these collections is that for the most part of the year they stay neatly packed away at the back of my wardrobe, only to reminisce over them on the odd occasion that my wardrobe gets a spring clean.
For me my Pandora bracelet is a perfect way to remember special moments or an occasion in a fashionable way, rather than a magnet or another pin badge that will soon be forgotten. Whilst in Montreal, I visited the Pandora store in the Eaton Centre and asked whether they had a bead specific to the area. I was given 2 options. A white enamel bead with a red maple leaf or a silver pendant with the Quebec symbol (pictured above). I opted for the Quebec symbol as it is specific to the first point where we started our tour across Canada. Plus it matched my current bracelet style perfectly.
Perhaps a little more expensive than a magnet, pin badge or postcard but a memento that will withstand the test of time and remain in sight rather than in the shadows of my dresses.
My memories of Quebec join the leather thread along with a gift from colleagues, my fiance, my parents and 2 of my aunts. All gifted to me on special dates that remain with me each time I look at my bracelet.