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The Art of Souvenir Shopping

July 16th, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: French Culinary Institute-trained Andrea Duty is a dear friend of the blog who we often collaborated with when she lived in Austin and ran her delicious custom dessert catering company, Bake Sale. Although our sweet tooth was devastated when she set off for life abroad in London, we couldn’t have been more excited for all the adventures we knew she would have. On trips to Lisbon, Amsterdam, Bruges, San Sebastian and many more, Andrea always makes stops at the local markets, so we asked her to curate a line up of her favorite local finds. Take it away, Andrea!

As the daughter of an airline pilot, I’m a light packer born and raised. I love being able to hop on and off flights unburdened by heavy luggage and crowded baggage claims, so it’s carry-on only for this girl. This self-imposed limitation does, however, prevent me from bringing home hoards of goodies from my travels. Instead, I’m forced to be selective, choosing only the most special objects and difficult-to-find products as souvenirs. From the most hydrating hand cream to one of a kind accessories, here are a few of my favorites finds from recent trips…

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  1. karin says:

    Most ideas I favored for a long time, but you lost me on the antique books and haul them on the plane? Oh, and for chocolate in Belgium…do not agree on your choice, in fact choices are very hard to begin with….

  2. Karen Josue says:

    I loved shopping at A Vida Portuguesa during a visit to Lisbon in October 2011. I bought some lovely hand soaps and sardines. If I’m lucky enough to go back to Lisbon, I would make a beeline for A Vida Portuguesa.

  3. I’m sorry I missed A Vida Portuguesa when I was in Lisbon. Guess I will have to add another trip to Portugal to my travels, as well as Belgium because who doesn’t love chocolate?

    http://www.livinginsteil.com

  4. I always bring back Bioderma from France, but you can actually order it on Amazon now!

  5. Traci says:

    I always look for unique tea from the places I visit. It’s a perfect souvenir for myself and others!

  6. Lily says:

    This is totally an art — I am always stumped by what to bring home!

    x Lily
    http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

  7. JennyWren says:

    A Vida Portuguesa- a beautiful shop! I couldn’t resist the copper cataplanas. I know I can get one in the states, but every time I use it I dream of Lisboa… besides given that it’s like a big hollow clam shell, I packed stuff inside it and it took up little space in my bag.

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