Meet my travelling non-gnome, Dini

A few weekends ago, while ambling along a flea market for some treasures, I noticed this tiny dinosaur toy  being sold by a 10-year old boy for 50 centimes (65 US cents).  He probably has grown tired of the toy I thought, but in my photographic eye, it suddenly dawned on me that this would be a perfect travelling non-gnome  to take along with on my travel escapades!

As a photographer,  I am always behind my camera and making my family or friends pose for me is always a big problem as sometimes they are not too cooperative whenever I ask them to act like a clown or to stand upside down or hang on a line with one hand, etc…etc…

And so I bought the toy which I named “Dini” and from then on, my photo shoots of famous landmarks and even insignificant spots have become more exciting as never before!  Tourists next to me would probably laugh at my actions but I don’t mind.  The  important thing is, I believe I have put my photographic passion into a higher dimension, lol!

There is a history behind this.  It was started by an Australian in the 80’s when he stole a friend’s garden gnome and took it with him to his travels.  He would take a picture of the thing in each new place he went to and post the photo on the web!  This started the Travelling Gnome trend!

But I prefer a non-gnome and choosing Dini is one of the best decisions I have ever taken in my entire travelling life!

So meet my cute little Dini.  He will, no doubt, become the most-travelled dinosaur toy in the universe!


“Get me out of this rose garden! “

If King Kong can climb the Empire State building, my own little Dini can do the same with the Eiffel Tower!

“Yey, I’m going  to England for the first time!”

(Yes, this is Dini’s first travel out of the country (France) and naturally he was so excited!  This is the bus we took from Paris to London, 8 hours travelling time crossing the English channel via the Eurotunnel. )

Dini: Why are you unhappy, Mr Fountainhead?
FH:    Because I’m thirsty…. I’ve been here for several hundred years spouting water but it’s only in the 21st century that they stopped water flowing out of me

Dini stopping to see the memorial of Princess Diana at the Pont d’Alma.

The sculpture is called the Flame of Liberty, a replica of the torch carried in the hand of the Statue of Liberty.  It was offered to the people of France by donors throughout the world as a symbol of the Franco-American friendship.  The Flame has become  an unofficial memorial for Princess Diana who met her fatal accident in the tunnel below.