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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 02:45 PM
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There is a Maille mustard shop at 6, place de la Madeleine in the 8th.

http://www.maille.com/pages/boutiquesMaille.aspx
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 03:31 PM
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Mandarina Duck stores (don't have the Rome addresses, sorry) carry
really neat, contemporary handbags
and carry-alls (luggage too) that
are hard, if not impossible, to
find in North America. And, of course, Furla stores have lovely
purses, wallets, etc. in gorgeous
colours.
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 04:58 PM
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In Paris, the Mandarina Duck handbag store is, on the same street, and a few steps away from the Un Apres Midi de Chien handbag store that I mentioned above. I bought a bag in both stores on the same day. We used to have Mandarina Duck here in L.A. back in the early 90s or late 80s I think it was. Happy Travels!
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 06:06 PM
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Un Apres-Midi du Chien handbags are now made in China; the earlier ones were made in France. Or at least that's been my experience. But I love the designs.
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 06:44 PM
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Hi nysmom,
DH and I bought a small water color of bridge and Seine at Place du Tetre in Monmartre-it was cheap, and probably done on an assembly line, but it called out and takes us back every time we see it. Artist put cardboard around it for us.
Yes, book marks. Louvre has Mona Lisa ones-great fun gifts and easy to pack. The papers in Florence are also well-known.
For myself, I always buy a cheap guide book about each museum.
When do you go?
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 06:53 PM
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Fragonard makes many of the name brand perfumes. They sell a selection of them with generic names in generic metal "bottles" that protect the perfume from light, and the price is considerably less than the same perfume under its own name in its own bottle. If you want the perfume and not the label, you'll do well there.

Their soaps are made from the purified fat that is used to extract fragrance essences from some flowers. It is the longest lasting perfumed soap I have ever found.
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 07:04 PM
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nymom...The Karine Dupont website is now working on my computer. It's at karinedupont.com. I also checked the Un Apres Midi de Chien website and it's at unapresmididechien.fr. It's at 32 rue Etienne Marcel. I don't know how I forgot the name of the street as it's the same name as the subway stop and I've probably been on that street 50 times. My mind is slipping. Smiles.
When you get out of the subway, at Etienne Marcel, you'll be standing right in front of Joe Allen's (American) restaurant which has been in Paris forever. Anyhow, just cross the street and then go LEFT and walk along Etienne Marcel. It's a short walk. You should pass Mandarina Duck first...if it's still there. I didn't go by there this past spring and then Un Apres Midi de Chien is next. Happy Travels!
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 07:05 PM
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TDudette- we leave next wednesday! Time is dragging around here. Can't wait...
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 07:08 PM
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Have a great trip. I'll pray to the time gods to speed things up for you!
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 08:29 PM
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I just remembered the name of the place in Florence to get gloves--Madova. Cross to the "other side" of the Ponte Vecchio, and there it is on the left side of the street. Tons of styles and colors. Google it for more info.

Have fun!
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Old Aug 11th, 2008, 09:22 PM
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Tableclothes and tea towels can be found in Italy that are so beautiful nysmom. Wonderful fabrics and they are so easy to pack in your luggage.
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Old Aug 12th, 2008, 06:42 AM
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Grandmere...Really? Well, I have the earlier ones from years back. Happy Travels!
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Old Aug 12th, 2008, 06:52 AM
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I'm many years past being a souvenir shopper, unless I go somewhere I've never been before, and even then I don't buy much.

When I do, I buy things I can use and consume. So in Italy I tend to buy stationery and bound journals from those wonderful paper-goods stores, and scarves and small items of clothing from the outdoor markets, and foodstuffs. In France I tend to buy kitchen items and foodstuffs.

There are a couple of vendors in the market here in Le Bugue - one who makes beautiful silver jewelry using fossils, and one who makes sweaters and shirts that are made of pieces of cloth sewed together in ingenious ways - that I like to buy something from every year.

But mostly I bring home things to eat and drink that remind me of places I've enjoyed.
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Old Aug 12th, 2008, 07:00 AM
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Leather Giotto was mentioned above by a couple of poster and I want to add my enorsement. It is right near Farmacia Santa Maria Novello and is full of interesting leather goods at excellent prices. I have two of their hangbags, one glorious red leather and the other brown suede and canvas (enormously useful!)

They also have charming animal suede and leather key-chains and book-bag-toggles.
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I buy stuff that I don't have to worry about out growing. And for friends I buy things that aren't readily available at home. In Florence in January of this year I bought a wonderful leather bag for 50 Euro that would have cost twice that at home. Even with the poor dollar it was a bargain. The bag was tagged at 80 Euro I offered 50 he said yes right away. Now perhaps I could have gotten it even cheaper??? It was the end of a cold day. The bag is a basic design but one which gets lots of compliments. I like it because it holds a lot and still looks brand new

Every other place I tend to look for jewelry. Jewelry is easy to pack. lasts a long, long time and every time i wear it I'm reminded of where i got it. In Paris the Marais is a great place to find all sorts of boutiques including many jewelry stores. The streets outside of the Place de Vosges have great stores. I too like Fragonard soaps etc. They aren't terribly expensive and they smell wonderful, people always appreiciate them. They also often have cute kids' soaps too. Esteban is another place for great smelly stuff. Though available here it's hard to find. In their Marais store they sell these little scented mobiles for the car. There about 6 Euro and every time I go my friends request some; they smell great, and look great. They sure beat a carboard pine tree hanging from the mirror.
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I like buying things that I can put around the house to remind me of my travels. In Italy I bought a beautiful handpainted plate and a vase at a ceramic/pottery store.

In Paris and ROme I brought back paintings from a person with a "studio" set up on the street. Kinda touristy, but I had them framed and they always remind me of great vacations.

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Old Aug 12th, 2008, 08:10 AM
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I love linens and have picked up some gorgeous tablecloths and tea towels on trips to Italy. I use them often and they bring back great memories.

Before the plunge of the dollar, I would bring back custom leather coats and a pair of Bruno Maglis or some wonderful jewelry...I am glad I did so when the Lire was still a bargain as opposed to now.
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Old Aug 12th, 2008, 08:17 AM
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chevre - Wow, those car freshners from Esteban sound like great gifts! Thank you so much. I wasn't expect to bring back much for friends and relatives because of limited luggage space but between the Fragonard soaps and this suggestion everyone might get a piece of Paris at least.
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Farmacia Santa Maria Novella, 16n Via Scala, Firenze. Down the street from Santa Maria Novella Church near the Florence train station.
The shop is hard to spot and is unmarked save for the SMN crest at the entrance.

Best buys: Pot-pourri and almond paste hand cream.

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