Proust Travel Questionnaire: Temple St. Clair

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Born in Virginia, discovered in Florence, Italy, based in New York, and regularly jetting everywhere else to gather inspiration and gems, fine jewellery designer Temple St. Clair is both well-traveled and well-accessorized. While at Vancouver’s Holt Renfrew for a trunk show, she took our travel questionnaire.

The in-flight film you hope for: Midnight in Paris. It’s clever and dreamy.

The last book you took on holiday: The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal.

You tend to pack too many…: Lotions and potions.

Your idea of travel happiness: Taking my husband and two sons everywhere I possibly can.

Your idea of travel misery: Hotels that are void of character.

Your favorite quality in a hotel: Small, intimate and deeply “of” the culture.

What do you appreciate most in a travel partner? Utter flexibility and a crazy gameness for adventure

What is your greatest extravagance while abroad? Time.

What is your favorite journey to take? India and Japan, both being so completely sensual and exotic to me in profoundly different ways.

What is your greatest fear abroad? No fear here.

Which historical world traveler do you most identify with? Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, one of the most remarkable travelers and gemstone collectors to inhabit the “Age of Exploration”.

What is the travel habit you most deplore in yourself? Forgetting my water bottle. I suppose I do have a fear… dehydration!

What is the travel habit you most deplore in others? Large, inelegant carry-on luggage.

In what travel situations do you lie? I don’t reveal exactly who I am or what I do. I don’t want anyone to think that I have the Hope Diamond back in my hotel room.

When and where were you last happiest? The ski slopes of Whistler this past winter.

What is your most treasured take-along? My rock crystal amulet and my angel pendants with my sons’ names engraved on them.

What is your travel motto? Cover some ground but leave no footprint.

Follow Temple on Twitter: @templestclair

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