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What do you bring back from your European trips?

Old Apr 23rd, 2016, 05:00 PM
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A small plate, bowl or cup that I will use in my everyday meals (beautiful memories evoked). And over the last 4 trips, a pair of relatively inexpensive earrings made by a local craftsperson and worn many, many times each month.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2016, 05:31 PM
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I love art. All art. Even food art. But, the one thing that I bring back from wherever I go is one nice piece of street art (art sold by artists set up on the street...). Mostly watercolor. Small. That I frame when I get home. And Aprons with designs representing where I have been.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2016, 05:34 PM
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If it's Paris, then it's usually Alain Mikli eyeglass frames, handbags, St.James clothing items, and a few interior design items for the home.

If it's Danmark, then it's usually kitchen utensils and sometimes a new down comforter to replace an old one and some bed linen to go with it.

If it's Italy, then it's usually eyeglass frames and handbags. I got some great bargains on eyeglass frames in Italy last summer when one of my best, male friends who lives there drove me to some big eyeglass places in his city.

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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 12:50 AM
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Gueule de bois a hangover.

I was writing under influence...
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 01:55 AM
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Gueule de bois - literally wooden snout (hangover).

Ta gueule! is a useful French phrase
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 05:57 AM
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Inexpensive paintings from street artists that I then have framed when I get home.

I also pick a couple photos from the trip and blow them up, frame them and put on my TV room walls.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 07:56 AM
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I'm surprised this hasn't turned into a competition of who comes back with the least amount of stuff.

I get 2 bags of 23kg each direction and you better believe it is going to be filled with alcohol and sit on the airline's scale and say 23kg on my return flight.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 08:05 AM
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We have amassed a fairly respectable booze collection.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 08:12 AM
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Going over I can get two bottles, correct? Coming back two bottles? We have an apartment so could use it for the two weeks.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 08:19 AM
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How could I forget about the tea towels. I have a zillion and when we remodeled the kitchen we made a couple of racks for me to hang them on. I use them all the time, for drying dished ONLY. I tell my SO if he wipes up any spills with them I'll wipe HIM up. LOL

It was so long ago I forgot about it, but I bought a primitive hand carved nativity in Mexico. It has 7 pieces and I love putting it out during the Holidays.

I have a nice chalk pastel drawing I bought from a street artist in Rome. It was his wife that was running the display, he was off working at his "job". She was from Ireland, very sweet young woman, we chatted for a bit. It's framed and on my wall.

I always know I'm shopping when I travel.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 08:37 AM
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>> We have amassed a fairly respectable booze collection.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 08:56 AM
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traveller1959, that's pretty sweet.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 09:08 AM
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For me, it is easier to say what I don't bring back. I admit to being a shopper but not so much for myself. I bring things back for other people as they love presents. I already have a request for a hoodie for the next trip. I've been asked to bring back pens, tea, chocolate, tshirts, sweatshirts, jewelry, olive oil, whisky, wine, key chains, candy and cat food. My last trip, I also brought back lip gloss, perfume, a pocketbook, slippers and a stuffed animal rat as a joke. It was all appreciated and I was asked why didn't I buy two stuffed animal rats? Who would have thought? As long as it makes my family happy, I am happy to do so. I also know to wait and buy all liquids at the end of a trip.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 10:53 AM
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Cat food?
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Once we were flying back from Milan to JFK and my mother and aunt were picking us up at the airport. We bought a cake in Milan and brought home as a gift.

For certain cousins we would buy the worst looking kitsch gifts we could find. They used to make, and maybe still do, a cologne called Vernon Dandy with a big VD, on the box.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 11:25 AM
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Yes. I am asked to bring cat treats and have even came home with a box of dry cat food. They have different flavors that we don't normally have. When my friend was living in Paris and Geneva, I was asked to bring cans of fancy feast. She could not get them shipped from Amazon but I was allowed to bring them to her. Great deal in exchange for a free place to stay.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 11:25 AM
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Only small things that easily pack. A dishtowel or scarf with a local print. Stud earrings. Chocolates or candies for friends. Tacky keychain, bottle opener, or ashtray from a tourist spot. Buy a new body lotion and use it on the trip, then later on at home the scent brings back memories... of wherever.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 02:06 PM
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Tend to bring back little. Might be sparkchaser light. In my early years beer coasters. T shirts. Depends on where I am going. Could be tailored clothing if I am going to SE Asia. Whiskey for my sister from Japan. Spices from places like Singapore and Turkey. Aged Calvados from Normandy, Salt grater from Paris, Christmas ornement from Munich Christmas market, Perfume from Grasse, Brunelo from Rome, leather goods from Buenos Aires, Olive oil from a variety of places.......
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I bring back food for myself and a few members of my family. I like to bring back a sweet for my Nan. I used to be a tchotchke person, but stopped. With all the countries I've visited, it became too burdensome early on to keep stuff like that in a small apartment. I also like to buy things I'm going to use, such as a housewares item, and item of clothing, or a piece of jewelry. I have some lovely street art I've collected on my trips.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 06:21 PM
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I look for tea tidies--or something to substitute as--those little saucers (true ones are teapot shaped) for your tea bag or loose-leaf-strainer. I use a different one every morning--they are small, lightweight, usually inexpensive and they....

go along with my tea in a different mug every morning (but have promised not to buy any more as shelves are full--but they are hard to resist for me)

Most of my scarves are from cheap markets/shops or nice ones bought cheaply by DH in China.

Christmas ornaments

Bookmarks (often what I get for small gifts) and magnets sometimes, too

Pottery/porcelain from Spain, Germany, Wales, and England so far

And 10000's of pictures--as others say above, probably my favorite thing. I make scrap books, have them on screens, and enlarge and frame them for home and classroom. (Nothing like teaching Ancient Roman history or Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and being able to share photos of Hadrian's Wall and Bath's baths and the Pantheon and Largo de Torre Argentina where JC was stabbed!)
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