According to the oracle of information – wikipedia, July 2nd is the actual day that the thirteen American colonies declared independence from Great Britain. Did you know that Alexander Hamilton was only around 21 when he signed the Declaration of Independence? Truly amazing. This young country (with all its faults) continues to inspire the world. We are particularly partial to America’s original foodie – Thomas Jefferson. His love for fine wines, amazing produce (including his meticulously gardened Monticello plantation) and a healthy diet are as timeless as ever. He would fit right into today’s world. We are just grateful that his beautiful declaration was not written in 140 characters or less.
1). Loose change. Very handy to hold onto those euros and yen. Especially when you need a quick snack from the vending machine or the 1 euro coin to get that luggage cart. Not everywhere accepts credit cards or large bills.
2). Mini scented candle. To keep your calm and zen while you unpack and get settled in. No more “what’s that weird smell??” foreign country shock. You know what we’re talking about. Even in New York we have it, except for us it’s just eau de home.
3). Travel adaptor. Amazing how many people travel without them and assume the destination will provide. They usually don’t, and probably won’t, then mutter something under their breath about zi Ah-mericaNNzzz as you walk away with a dying iphone.
4). Eye mask. Not everyone likes to sleep in bat caves like Americans do, so just useful for the plane and to get onto local time.
5). French hairdryer and flat iron. Seemingly unnecessary, excessive and pointless, but THIS WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE. It will be the best 100 euros you’ve ever wasted. Works in continental Europe, and other fabulous places like St. Barth’s where you care about your mop.