Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes & some other lovely bloggers host a monthly travel link-up which I have participated in once before a long long time a go. It was about time I jumped in again and I really couldn’t help myself because the theme this month is souvenirs.
I am always intrigued by what other people collect for souvenirs; I remember reading once about someone who buys a Dr Seuss book in every country they visit in the national language!
I have already talked about the postcards I write for Eden but I am yet to share what Matt & I pick up for souvenirs along the way.
Our preferred sourviner is art. So far we have 8 pieces in our collection, although 2 are from the same country! I would LOVE to have an entire wall filled with art from places we have been.
Have you watched the Paddington movie? there is a scene which takes place in the hallway of their house which is completely lined floor to ceiling in frames, as soon as I saw that I was like ‘oh I wish that was our hallway’ (with the frames holding art from our travels of course!)
The first two pieces in our collection are from Amsterdam way back in 2008; this was on the same trip that Matt & I met (the first time we met not the second).
Next up is the smallest piece which we got in Krakow, Poland in 2010 from the Open Air Art Gallery, it was a rainy day and they kept covering the pictures up to protect them!
Later that year we spent Thanksgiving in Prague, Czech Republic and picked up this piece of the gorgeous Charles Bridge.
We actually didn’t buy this next piece but were given it by our wedding coordinaters; its a water color of the castle in which we got married in Malcesine, Lake Garda, Italy. We were planning on acquiring a piece anyway, which was why this one makes our ‘souvenir wall’ despite us not actually purchasing it!
In 2013 we stopped by a small art gallery whilst in the Algarve, Portugal and grabbed this unique tile piece which represents the region so beautifully.
The most recent to the collection and possibly my favorite is the crane painted on washi paper which we bought last year on a trip to Hong Kong.
We don’t always find something that we like which is why there isn’t a piece for every place we have been; after all if its not something that we can live with seeing everyday its not worth the money.
The artwork doesn’t always come in the form of painting either…
The yellow pottery jug we found in the small town of Lindos in Rhodes, Greece & the 2 Kokeshi Dolls are made here in Okinawa!
Last year we started collecting masks too;
The small one at the top is from Blake Island, Washington, a paper mache fox to represent Kyoto and my favorite of the 3, the Hahoe mask that Eden and I found from our girls trip to Seoul, South Korea.
Matt & I would really love to increase our art wall when we visit Cambodia & Vietnam later this year!
Do you collect any type of souvenir?