Tove and Tooti (Tuulikki Pietilä) went on their first extended trip together – to Greece and Paris – in the autumn of 1959. Tooti had received a travel grant and was on sabbatical from her teaching position at the Arts Academy. They travelled through Europe by train to Greece, staying on Mykonos, the island of cats and shells, where Tove was able to engross herself in oil pastels. At the end of November, they hopped onto a train for their first shared trip to Paris. They enjoyed Christmas and the scent of mistletoe in a hotel room at number 6 rue Blainville, before returning to Finland in early January.