Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Travel Souvenirs... Home edition

I have done a fair bit of traveling and it didn't take long before I realized that I didn't want to collect key chains or magnets. Instead I have gotten a painting, print or some form of art in almost every country. But besides the paintings some of my other favourite souvenirs to collect are household items. Here is a collection of some of my favourite souvenirs and the stories behind them!

Malta (specifically Mdina) is famous for its Glass Blowing. Therefore walking through the streets and wandering in and out of the different shops I saw a ton - but when I found this specific piece it was love at first sight. The only thing I was unsure of was the glass topper but the owner was so nice and let me choose any topper that I wanted from the other glass ornaments in the display, and I'm quite happy with my choice. Sometimes the hardest part of buying souvenirs is figuring out how to get them home safe and sound - in this case I had the shop mail it to me so I didn't have to worry about it on the rest of my travels.

Athens has wonderful museums where you can see all the ancient artifacts, which is where I found myself staring at all of the beautiful vases. I normally would stay clear of buying things like this but my friend was buying one and really convinced me. And I must say I don't regret it one bit.

I definitely bought a few things in Turkey that would make my favourites list - but for this post I just picked one and that had to be my Turkish lamp. This lamp brings me right back to being in the Grand Bazaar sipping on apple tea. The guy even stood on the glass part with his full body weight to prove to me it was no knockoff. I love the reflections that it makes on my wall when the sun hits it - or when its plugged in at night.


This is one of my useful or practical souvenirs. Romania is famous for their pottery but I had already bought a few pieces of pottery in Turkey. So when I saw this mini black/pewter vase I thought it looked unique, it has flaws - but I don't mind. I wasn't sure what to use it for at first but as soon as I got home I realized it makes a perfect make-up brush holder!

Each souvenir always sparks some type of memory and feeling. This one always makes me laugh. Only weeks after meeting my new housemate Alyce I headed to Stoke-on-Trent with her, just to keep her company. The whole time I was like I'm not going to buy anything, it's not my cup of tea (pun intended). Fast forward one year later and I'm like Alyce.. you know what I regret? Not buying a tea set in Stoke-on-Trent. So back on the train we went (what a good friend she is) and I found myself the perfect tea set!

Let me know what type of souvenirs you collect.

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