Found: Cyclist Collectibles in Paris


Former deputy art director and avid biker Nicolas Ramirez shares his handmade souvenirs from the home of the Tour de France.

Collectively, the Air Canada enRoute team has amassed a trove of treasures from our travels – some iconic (tiles from Lisbon), others delicious (dulce de leche from Buenos Aires) and all reflective of the places we’ve been. We’re sharing them here – please share yours, too!

“A couple of years ago, I was strolling through the Jardin du Palais Royal and stumbled upon Les Drapeaux de France, a small–scale figurine and tin–soldier shop. As soon as I set foot into the 70–year–old boutique, I felt like I’d been transported back to my childhood, surrounded by vitrines showcasing miniature figures just like the ones my brother and I admired when we were kids. As a cyclist, I was immediately drawn to the collection of Tour de France riders and picked out one with a polka–dot jersey, for the best climber of the Tour. Now it’s a tradition to add to my collection whenever I visit. Last time, I asked the clerk if they had one in a Giro d’Italia–style pink jersey, and he offered to make one for me. A few days later, it was ready, top–notch paint job and all. Next up: a green jersey, worn by the Tour’s top sprinter.”

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May 26, 2020