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The Top 15 Souvenirs from Vienna, Austria

Souvenir shopping in Vienna, Austria is a delight. These days, shopping in most European cities has been globalized to the point that the city’s shops have no identity and you feel like you could be anywhere in the world. But in Vienna, Austrian traditions– and unique shops that hold true to these traditions– remain strong. […]

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Best Shopping Souvenir Edinburgh Scotland Womens Shopfront Ness

My Favorite Edinburgh Shop for Modern Tartans: Ness

Edinburgh is the perfect place to experience everything I love about Europe– cobblestone roads, medieval buildings, a warren of hidden underground streets, and even some greenery within the city limits. The city of Edinburgh is big enough to keep you entertained, but small enough to keep it all manageable. Walk the Royal Mile and in […]

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Shopping a Hungarian Supermarket (When You Don’t Speak Hungarian)

Hungarian Supermarket Shopping: Lost in Translation I loved shopping the Hungarian supermarket for souvenirs– the packaging, flavors and type of items were all so different looking than anything I’d seen in other European countries. But while being unable to read foreign labels can be a fun adventure, full of surprises, it’s also a risk. Sure […]

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Best Souvenirs from Brittany and Normandie: What to Bring Home

A region I’ve been dying to visit for the shopping and souvenirs alone is Northwest France. Normandy and Brittany are pretty unique in that nearly all the best souvenirs (and there are quite a few) are specific to the region. For example, the dramatic Breton coastline and tradition of fishing means you’ll find excellent fish […]

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Cuberdons: the Best Belgian Souvenir you’ve Never Heard of

Everyone knows Belgium is famous for its chocolate and waffles, but have you heard of the other sweet Belgian treat, the cuberdon? Cuberdons: A Sweet Brussels Souvenir Cuberdons are a Belgian candy, easily identified by their cone-shape and deep purple color. Cuberdons (also called the Ghent Nose)  are made from a sweet mix of red […]

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Paris Mariage Frere Tea Shop Shelves Place De La Madelaine

The Best Tea Place to Buy Tea in Paris: Mariage Frere, a Unique French Souvenir

While most everyone is familiar with British tea, head just over the channel and you’ll find that France also has a long, centuries-old tradition of tea. The Tradition of Tea in France Tea was enjoyed in the French courts, and was very much an upper class thing. But unlike in Great Britain, tea never really […]

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