Travel Confessions

This is part of a series on Travel Confessions.  My nomination was from Renee at cravesadventure and you should go to her blog and read her travel confessions too!

There are a few rules in the Travel Confessions series:

  • Post a photo (or photos) and description(s) of your confession(s) in a new post.
  • Tweet your post with hashtag #TravelConfession and follow/tweet @Traveling9to5
  • Tag 3 other travelers you’d love to see

My list is all about souvenirs.  Some are useful, some are decorative, and some never make it home at all (chocolate).

Confession 1:  I still bring home refrigerator magnets when I travel.  I already have a big collection, but they’re cute, inexpensive and easy to pack.  And when they’re on my refrigerator I get to reminisce about where I got them.  Here are some of my favorites.

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Confession 2:  Shoes, handbags, jewelry and scarves are my idea of great souvenirs.  When someone admires one of these items I like to say, “I got this in Italy.”  Then I try to stop talking because otherwise I’ll describe the day, time and place where I purchased it.  But I always remember…

Confession 2 1/2:  This relates to Confession 2.  After my first trip to Florence I found myself with three handbags, two pairs of shoes and many scarves.  I barely had room for these in my suitcase and I finally had to leave the shoeboxes behind.

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Confession 3:  Chocolate is a delicious souvenir, and sadly one that never lasts long because I eat it immediately.  Here’s an example:  I bought chocolate at the Rome airport that I ate before I boarded the plane.  However I still have the empty box.

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Now I will nominate three bloggers to share their travel confessions:

the travelbunny

East of Málaga

DUTCH goes ITALIAN

I’m looking forward to hearing your stories!

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Travel theme: Multiples

The topic of multiples reminded me of the last time I was in Italy.  I took lots of pictures of one of my favorite subjects – chocolate!  Not surprisingly I had many pictures to choose from.  And since I’m reasonably sure pictures of chocolate don’t have any calories, here they are.

chocolatechocolatechocolateChocolate should probably be purchased in multiples too.

My Favorite Travel Collections

When I travel I know there’s a limited amount of space for bringing home keepsakes.  Whatever fits into a suitcase beyond what I brought with me is what I have to work with.  Oh, and my oversized purse and a tote bag.  And other bags from things I bought at the airport.  So there are lots of opportunities to bring home souvenirs and other important items such as chocolate.  But I already know that chocolate won’t make it through the plane trip, much less all the way home.

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At the Reading Terminal Market

I discovered this market while I was in Philadelphia last month.  It was around noon and I was getting hungry, so I walked through the Reading Terminal Market searching for a place to eat lunch.  Let’s just say there was lots of food here!

There were plenty of places to sit down for a sandwich (or anything else you might want for lunch).  And there was a variety of other things to buy, from candy to fresh vegetables. I had a great time strolling through the market and looking at the booths.  Here is some of what I saw:

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Chocolate as a Gift

Chocolate is something that many people enjoy receiving as a gift.  However, I’ve found that chocolate rarely makes it back to the people who might have liked it.  This is because I can’t stop thinking about the delicious chocolate bars sitting in my suitcase, and I really can’t resist them.  It’s almost a relief when I’ve eaten them.  Then I can think about something else to take back as a gift.

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Delicious Desserts

Right away you can see that it is unnecessary to say “delicious” to describe desserts.  You shouldn’t even bother with a dessert if it isn’t tasty.  Thankfully, I can say I have had my share of memorable desserts, or sweets, during my travels.

For instance, when I was in the Grand Place in Brussels, I went straight to an outdoor booth to have a Belgian waffle.  They were being made as you waited, and it was definitely worth it. Surprisingly I had a plain waffle that was dusted with sugar.  It was so good that I could only wait a (somewhat) reasonable interval to go back for another one.  I should have bought more than one and pretended they were for other people.  Oh well, next time…

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