How do I start this thread? I received a lot of encouragement from many of you lovely, gorgeous ladies (merika, fromparis, ilovemylife, angel, razorbackbelle, sorry if I didn't mention you all!) here for my purchases as well as threads. Quite a bit of pressure going into it this time! I made a wonderful friend. She is our very own fromparis. She is as kind, generous, beautiful, and funny as she appears on these boards. She's the real thing. :okay: For the purposes of this thread, fromparis is = Jeanne Moreau When I arrived in Paris on the morning of the 1st January of 2008 (!), the room wasn't ready yet. So I headed out to take a walk. By the way, I smoked the last cigarette in George V's bar:shame: (the waiter told me so ). Even in this cigarette-loving country (generally speaking, of course), the no-smoking law indoors has passed. Naturally, my favorite route is to cross the Champs-Elysees and into Avenue Matignon to look at the Art Deco-era furniture of which I hope to one day own. Being an H addict of course the goal was to just walk pass FSH (obviously closed) and take a look. As I was walking down the Avenue Matignon, I saw the most cuddly German Shepherd dog sleeping on the front steps of Christies. His owner was sleeping behind him soundly and peacefully despite the cold and wet weather. I was touched by this sight. Although they ended up on the streets on New Year's Day due to whatever circumstances their lives had to experience, they still managed to sleep so sweetly and serenely. This scene was a moving reminder to me that we are so lucky to be able to afford Hermes, even a wallet or a simple scarf. Even when we're not able to afford H (and most of us have been there), it is imperative to enjoy and cherish the resources and relationships one has at the moment, just like the spirit of the dog and his owner. For me, this precious moment on New Year's Day 2008 is one of the secrets of life.