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What Tourists Buy At Pike Place Market

June 11, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

Consider your assumptions debunked: Seattle locals do shop at Pike Place Market. Maybe less often in the summer, when parking and tourist volume is a nightmare. But most of us don’t dismiss it simply as a tourist trap. At least, not the local foodie population who appreciates the freshness and fair prices offered by most of the market’s 240 vendors. (Summers, though are off limits. Unless you’re willing to throw an elbow here or there, you’re going to get stuck behind a photo-snapping family of five who act like they’ve never seen asparagus before. Like, ever.)

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What Everyone's Buying In Vermont: Maple Everything

June 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Between the ski season, the leaf-peeping season, and all the time in between, there’s a lot of tourists visiting Vermont. And there’s one souvenir that’s a surefire hit for friends, family members, and buddies back at work — maple. Maple what? Maple this, maple that. Who cares? It's Vermont — just get maple.

Step inside pretty much any shop and your bound to find a few maple treats. But while we were checking out the offerings inside the Woodstock Farmer’s Market , we might have hit the maple mother lode.

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Ladies, Gentlemen and Devout Catholics: The 2016 Hot Priests Calendar is Here

Where: Rome, Italy
April 30, 2015 at 12:08 PM | by | ()

This week's Jaunted Field Trip is coming from Rome! Got a question about the Eternal City? Let us know in the comments section below!

Three years ago we told you that everyone was buying this pin-up calendar of priests, which featured black and white photos of seriously good-looking Roman Catholic priests each month (dressed in their religious frocks of course. Get your mind out of the gutter.)

But if you weren't convinced back then that the calendar was a total tourist souvenir, maybe this will convince you. We spied the 2016 Calendario Romano with the exact same pictures as the 2013 edition.

The calendar was also for sale pretty much everywhere souvenirs were being sold. Near the Vatican, away from the vatican, down side streets, along bridges, everywhere. This one cost 8 Euros but really, you shouldn't pay full price for any souvenir in Rome.

Meanwhile, we actually spied some priests on their cellphones in front of a store where priests go to buy robes and shoes and other "gear." When in Rome, right?

[Photos: Juliana/Jaunted]

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Toast a Fond Farewell to Portland's Iconic Airport Carpet with Its Own Beer

February 18, 2015 at 2:54 PM | by | ()

The saga of the "PDX carpet" continues this week, with good news and bad news for the many worldwide fans of the flooring at Portland, Oregon's airport. The beloved carpet—a design based on the airport's runways and Pacific Northwest heritage—was originally installed in the 1980s and, this week, is being torn out and replaced.

Since our last update only little more than a month ago, the number of Instagrams tagged with #PDXcarpet has grown from 26,000 to 35,000.

The bad news is that the carpet is still saying sayonara, and the removal hit full speed at the end of January. The good news is the Portland Port Authority has finally figured out a way to get squares of the classic design to the adoring public, via a lottery system. KOIN has all the details, including how to subscribe to email updates on every step of the carpet's removal and repurposing process. Intense!

That's not all. There's also a PDX carpet beer!

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17 Things to Buy Before SkyMall Says Goodbye

January 26, 2015 at 10:13 AM | by | ()

A notice at the top of the SkyMall website reads:

There are changes in the air, but we're still here! Place your order today.

That's an understated urgent plea from a dying company, as SkyMall's parent company announced that it's filing for bankruptcy. Where did things go wrong for flyers' favorite guilty pleasure? Well, Ars Technica says SkyMall blames their downturn in business on the rise of the use of smartphones while in flight; the FAA allowed for "Airplane Mode" back in November 2013.

Whatever the true reason, the internet has raised its voices (via tweets and Facebook) to bid a fond farewell to the catalog, which seems to have been more successful in making travelers wonder "who buys a giant garden Yeti for $2,250?" than in actually selling them.

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The Best Little Souvenir Shop in All of Cleveland

December 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM | by | ()

West Side Market. Lake Erie. LeBron James. Polka. CLEVELAND.

The city on the southern shore of Lake Erie has the nickname of "mistake by the lake," but these days Cleveland is much more deserving of the other popular saying, "Cleveland Rocks." Downtown is on the upswing, the redevelopment of the Ameritrust Tower (rebranded "The 9") is nearly complete, and LeBron is back.

Should you find yourself in the 216 and actually enjoying it, check out CLE Clothing for a little memento. And no, we don't mean a stupid snow globe or cheapie mousepad. Yuck.

The shop is on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland and around the corner from the House of Blues, meaning that the crowded waiting to enter the venue every evening have no choice but to wrap around the store and window shop. Cut through the line and head inside for shirts, sweaters, books, glassware, and much more, all designed with Ohio at heart.

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What Everyone's Buying in Santa Fe: Chile Ristas

December 11, 2014 at 12:50 PM | by | ()

Everyone across the country is busy buying decor as the holiday season sets in, including wreaths, trees, and lights. Residents of Santa Fe are no different, except what they're buying brings a whole new meaning to the idea of heating up the holiday season.

At markets around town, you'll see signs for "Chili Ristas," arrangements of hanging, dried chiles. They are typically all red, but sometimes include green chiles for a Christmas contrast. Traditionally and today, ristas are used as a way to preserve the peppers. But during the holiday season especially, they serve as a decorative item representing New Mexican culture and its relationship with the chile pepper. As you drive around town, you will see them hung up outside homes.

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Why Hard Rock Cafes are Completely Disappearing from Mexico

August 25, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | ()

It's a rite of travel passage, regardless of the merit; everyone just has to have a Hard Rock Cafe t-shirt sporting the name of a desirable vacation destination, from Las Vegas to Nadi, Fiji.

Judging from our own observations at state fairs and gas stations around the USA over the years, it seems like the locations doing the briskest business of selling branded T-shirts are those in Mexico. Nonetheless, a glimpse at the Hard Rock Cafe official locator map reveals that there are none at all, other than a few Hard Rock Hotels (Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Riviera Maya).

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What Everyone's Buying in Maine: Do-Not-Disturb Lobsters

August 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | ()

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Some hotels have a simple "Do Not Disturb" sign. But the Inn By the Sea in Crescent Beach, Maine, has cute red metal lobsters that you can hang on your door when you want to be left alone.

Good news if you're not staying at the hotel, though: these little guys are for sale in the lobby and spa, so if you're stopping in for a meal at the Sea Glass Restaurant, coming in for a massage, or just making a pit stop en route to the Portland Head Light, you can pick up one of these little guys on the way.

It's the perfect gift for the WASPy relative who already has lobster-print clothes, towels, and bed linens, non? We're going to name ours Homer, in honor of Maine artist Winslow.

[Photo: Lilit M.]

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Airlines Haven't Put Away the Decks of Playing Cards Just Yet

May 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM | by | ()

Service on airplanes these days barely includes a soft drink or a bag of pretzels, much less any other little perks to improve comfort. One such perk to nearly bite the dust are branded playing cards, a method of passing the hours before iPads and in-flight movies existed.

There are a few airlines that stock decks of cards for passengers, although generally only available to their big spenders in the first and business class cabins or "by request."

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Greetings from Boston Library's Collection of 25,000 Vintage Postcards

April 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM | by | ()

Last winter, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston mounted one of our favorite travel art exhibitions ever, "The Postcard Age."

While that has sadly ended, Boston continues the postcard fascination this year with the release of the Boston Public Library's extensive collection of US state tourist cards from the 1940s-50s, all onto Flickr. The collection includes 894 from Texas, a staggering 3,000 from Florida, and a hometown variety of 808 from Boston itself. Almost all states are represented, each with their own Flickr gallery and Creative Commons permissions to allow for greater sharing.

[Images: Boston Public Library]

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What Everyone's Buying in Tasmania: Single Malt Whisky

April 17, 2014 at 10:34 AM | by | ()

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Open the duty-free catalog in your seatback pocket. Flip past the cosmetics, watches and cigarettes, and what's left? Booze, and lots of it.

Alcohol and travel have gone hand-in-hand throughout history, from rum runners in the West Indies to the Highland Malt Whisky which was, at times, the only thing keeping Ernest Shackleton's men sane during their expeditions in the Antarctic.

Speaking of Antarctica, Tasmania's location at 42° S latitude puts it into a last-stop-before-Antarctica position, and the climate and terrain is reminiscent of the Scottish highlands. In other words, it's ideal for the production of what's become a Tasmanian mainstay: cask-aged, single malt whisky. Tassie whisky even took the top spot in the World Whiskies Awards 2014, which didn't come as much of a surprise to Tasmanians who've always known they're drinking the highest quality.

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