What Kind of Traveler Are You?

There are two kinds of travelers.  There is the kind who goes to see what there is to see and sees it, and the kind who has an image in his head and goes to out to accomplish it.  The first visitor has an easier time, but I think the second visitor sees more.  He is constantly comparing what he sees to what he wants, so he sees with his mind, and maybe even with his heart, or tries to……..My head was filled with pictures of Paris, mostly black and white, and I wanted to be in them.”
-Adam Gopnik, Paris to the Moon

I so always have an image in my head when I travel…a photo, a movie a book and day dream that I want to be in.  I loved this quote and this concept.  My friends are in Paris right now and I’m a little part jealous but mostly so happy for them as it is their virgin visit to the city of lights.
I love this travel book if your planning on going to Paris anytime soon.  And if you are not going anytime soon, the pictures are beyond perfect for an imaginary visit.
{image via B&N.com}


  • vicki archer
    Commented on March 18th, 2009 at 1:06am

    I love this book too Trina – my son gave it to me for my birthday. Actually I love all Taschen’s publications. I love traveling (you might have guessed!) and become just as intrigued with a place after my visit as I do before or when I am there. What a great quote, xv.

  • LissyLou
    Commented on March 18th, 2009 at 2:09am

    very interesting! I love Paris, i’ll have to take a look at that book. x

  • samsnotebook
    Commented on March 18th, 2009 at 2:43am

    What a lovely book! I am heading to Paris in July, so your post was perfect timing!

  • LexyB
    Commented on March 18th, 2009 at 2:55am

    Imaginary visits to Paris are almost as good as the real thing … but not quite. And the imaginary baguettes don’t taste quite as crusty and yummy.

  • Lucy & Madi
    Commented on March 18th, 2009 at 6:58am

    I have been so lucky, I have visited Paris 3x and cant wait to go back. A friend is going for the first time in April and while I was a bit jealous before, I am so happy for her now. It is her first time!

  • Skipping Through Daisies
    Commented on March 18th, 2009 at 9:16am

    I went to Paris during highschool and sadly at that age I didnt appreciate it’s greatness and was quite disappointed to not see a McDonalds on every corner…a 17 year old has to have priorities right;) Hopefully one day I’ll get to go back.

  • sarah
    Commented on March 18th, 2009 at 9:24am

    Such a great quote. And now I’m left sitting here trying to figure out which type of traveler I am. My trip to Paris was woefully short and I’m planning to return… one day.

  • SimplyGrove
    Commented on March 18th, 2009 at 10:38am

    This book looks great!! Im off to Australia next week and I am thrilled to pieces. Hopefully next year its Europe! I need to travel before I have another baby!!!

  • Jeanneoli
    Commented on March 18th, 2009 at 2:53pm

    The book sounds amazing…I would be a little…ok a lot…jealous if my friends were in Paris right now.

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on March 18th, 2009 at 3:57pm

    I am so with you Vicki, I think it is after that the obsession begins.

    Kirsten- Australia.. wow!!! AMAZING.. have a fabulous time.

    I remember going to Europe and wanting McDonald’s. I do have to admit that usually when I am there I eat at McDonald’s at least one time.. it is just a comfort thing.

  • Paloma {La Dolce Vita}
    Commented on March 18th, 2009 at 10:54pm

    It sounds like we have the same travel philosophy. The cover of the book gorgeous!

  • Renee Finberg
    Commented on March 19th, 2009 at 7:37am

    i spent much time in paris while importing for my business.
    i love it , and would move there in heart beat.

    i am happy for your friends that they are on their virgin visit….but i jealous as well.

    xx super blog !!
    the banner is the best !!!

  • Julie
    Commented on March 19th, 2009 at 10:38am

    This sounds like a great book.

  • anonymously chic
    Commented on March 19th, 2009 at 4:59pm

    wonderful blog and if you can judge a book by its cover, this looks like a good one:)

  • pve design
    Commented on March 24th, 2009 at 10:08pm

    That book looks like reason enough to stay home, with a good book in bed. I love that cover!

  • Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle
    Commented on March 31st, 2009 at 5:30am

    Thanks for this little write up, I think I must pick up this book asap!


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