There were many antiques on offer but nothing was really catching my eye. Mark and I will sometimes buy a piece of glass or crystal as a souvenir – our Lalique cats are a fond reminder of Paris, for instance.
Then I saw this. A gorgeous signed piece of Daum crystal featuring dragonflies. It was just stunning. I spoke to the lady at the stall and she was asking €350 for it. I wondered if I might be able to haggle her down a bit. Regardless, I only had €100 in my pocket. I texted Mark asking if he thought we could spare the funds for this purchase. He didn’t exactly say yes but then again he didn’t say no – I became blind with desire. I found a Post Office nearby and withdrew cash – usually we don’t use cash machines overseas as we prefer to take money with us (much cheaper exchange rates).
I practised my numbers in French on the way back to the stall ready to haggle. I found the table and looked for the dish – but it was nowhere to be seen. I asked where the Daum dish had gone as I had only been away for ten minutes. The lady explained that two Russian women had just bought it.
Needless to say I was very sad.