I am so excited as I just got a new job this week and have scheduled a fabulous Italy trip to relax before I start Oct. 9! Yippee! I've been obsessed with handbags for the past few years and have developed a real obsession with Gucci and, to a lesser extent, Ferragamo. I have had a love for Hermes scarves for the past decade and always buy one when I travel to Europe, but I never coveted the Hermes collection of handbags....until now. I swear tPF has something to do with it! Anyway, I thank all you Hermes groupies for educating me through this forum so I can best determine which bag I want. I think I've avoided the Hermes bag for so long because it seems so strange not to have most all the bags available for sale so I can pick or choose what I fall in love with. I definitely let passion be my guide when I purchase handbags and it takes all of my power to reduce the number of impulse buys. Now I appreciate why Hermes is that way and have read enough of postings to better understand the mystery of it all. I always mark my travels with great purchases, whether they be furniture, jewelry, art, clothing or scarves. I've decided that to celebrate my new career, I will mark this trip with a Hermes handbag, if there is one available that I fall in love with. My trip so far is looking like Rome, Florence and/or Venice, depending on hotel availability at this late date (I leave in 6 days). I'm still compiling my wishlist, but of course would flip first for a Birkin. Wouldn't it be amazing if there just happens to be one on the shelf waiting for me? (hah!) (hey, a girl can dream!) But yes, I realize that will be unlikely. Keep your fingers crossed for me!