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What Everybody's Buying in Melbourne: Wine!

March 7, 2014 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

In a country almost the size of the U.S., Australia has plenty of things to see, do, and bring home to your friends and family as little memento of your travels. One thing which Aussies take seriously is their wine, and this is doubly true in the Melbourne area. With vineyards around the country churning out award-winning bottles, bringing home a super special sip is often on the list.

Melbourne is located around 90 minutes away from some of the more popular wineries, (like Chandon and de Bortoli) for tasting, wining, dining, and best of all, purchasing favorite bottles. And if you'd rather follow a path less trodden, lots of smaller, boutique wineries dot the landscape in the Yarra, Goulburn, Rutherglen, and Alpine Valleys.

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What Everybody's Buying in Queensland, Australia: Lucas' Papaw Ointment

January 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

Okay, we know that Australia has some once-in-a-lifetime things to see, do and experience, but friends at home only really care about what you're bringing back for them. No, we're not talking about baby koalas or even a few boomerangs to trial in your own skies, as we've got a gift recommendation that's multipurpose and a good reminder of a great time down under: Lucas' Papaw Ointment.

Who would have thought that so much joy would have been had from a little red tube of mashed up tropical fruit? Take it from us that this stuff is the real deal.

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What Everyone's Buying in New Mexico: 'Taos Lightning' Homemade Liquor

December 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

There's no shortage of awesome local foods in New Mexico, from blue corn tacos to posole. Just don't forget to wash down all that spicy nosh with products from two incredible local liquor brands. Santa Fe Spirits was launched by a British expat who found his way to the Land of Enchantment and never left. His company makes five liquors from local ingredients. You can check out their distillery just outside of town, but you can also sample the booze at their tasting room on Read Street in downtown Santa Fe.

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What Everyone's Buying in Cornwall: A Calendar of Naked Farmers

October 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

We've already told you about the popularity of the priest pin-up calendars in Rome, and those of gondoliers in Venice, but it turns out that the UK is keen to get in on the action with their own mildly scandalous calendar.

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The Little Things: Tiny Delft Blue Houses for KLM Business Class

October 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Business Class passengers on KLM are given collectible miniature Delft blue houses.

It used to be that taking an international flight meant receiving gifts of complimentary playing cards, stationery (for composing all those mid-flight telegrams), and other niceties to pass the time. These days, even passengers paying top dollar to fly in First Class are lucky to enjoy a minimal amenity kit and an extra flute of champagne. One exception is KLM, who continue a 60+ year tradition of handing out special ceramic mini Delft houses to their Business Class passengers.

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What Everybody's Buying on Martha's Vineyard: Wampum Beads

June 27, 2013 at 5:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

The sunset is a serious moment on Martha's Vineyard. Every evening, tourists and locals alike make plans for where they'll be to watch the sun sink below the horizon, and not just because the display of vibrant colors beats anything you'll see on land, but because Martha's Vineyard is the last place where one can watch the sun set into an ocean, until you reach the west coast.

The spot for a sundowner picnic is definitely in the town of Aquinnah, at the westernmost tip of the island, which is also where you'll find Wampum jewelry for sale. Wampum is essentially the shell of a quahog, unique for its patterns of milky white and deep purple. Each shell is a harvested, hand-formed and turned into one-of-a-kind jewelry art, all by members of the island's Wampanoag tribe.

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Kristen Stewart's Southern Road Trip Ended at a Nashville Tattoo Parlor

June 24, 2013 at 3:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kristen Stewart isn't spending the summer moping around after her breakup with Robert Pattinson; instead the Twilight star took a road trip through the south with friends.

Last week Kristen was spotted at the Hooters in Amarillo, TX where she posed with fans and reportedly had the restaurant's Daytona chicken wings and a beer for dinner. And, based on the photos she took with fans on the way out, Kristen seemed to be in an uncharacteristically good mood.

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What Everybody's Buying in Australia: Kangaroo Fur Rugs

Where: Australia
June 14, 2013 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Spinning a globe or day-dreaming while looking at a world map will get most anyone realizing that Australia is really quite far away. Except for Aussies, Kiwis and other South Pacific islands, it takes a while to head down under and that's why it's even more important to get the right souvenirs.

The land down under offers plenty things worthy of eating up our checked baggage allowance. From Aboriginal didgeridoos and boomerangs to crocodile jerky, we could find gifts for everyone we know and then some. The one thing that's really caught our eye, however, are stacks of kangaroo pelts that double as floor rugs and wall hangings.

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What Everybody's Buying in Vietnam: Intricate Greeting Cards

Where: Vietnam
June 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

When walking around any Southeast Asian metropolis, you'll notice how markets play a major role in tourist attractions and offer anything from prepared food to t-shirts and fresh fare and trinkets. Ho Chi Minh City is no different with the city's Chợ Bến Thành Market serving as the most popular center for finding some unique souvenirs. As expected, the streets around the market have become a mecca for sidewalk shopping as well.

One thing that continually caught our eye were tables of colorful greeting cards that could be mistaken for pieces of art with their 3-dimensional scenes. Multiple vendors are peddling these cards as an artistic alternative to the traditional postcard.

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What Everybody's Buying in Fiji: Masi Tapa Cloth

Where: Fiji
May 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

After a few days, or even a week, on any of the islands of Fiji tourists leave with stellar suntans and big smiles on their faces from saying "bula!" all over the island. But the souvenir that your friends and family really want is the traditional masi, or tapa cloth seen all around Fiji.

You may remember our original feature on the masi, from when we headed to the islands for the unveiling of Fiji Airways and their new airplane livery—it's a traditional pattern painted all around the airline's new Airbus A330.

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What Everyone's Buying in Singapore: the Sarong Kebaya

Where: Singapore
May 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Fun fact: the iconic "Singapore Girl" of Singapore Airlines is so iconic that, in 1994, she became the first commercial, non-celeb figure to enter Madame Tussaud's wax museum in London.

The clothing itself is simple—a traditional tailored kebaya top with sarong skirt. It's also quite timeless; this has been the uniform of Singapore Airlines' female flight attendants since 1972 and part of what makes the look of the Singapore Girl such a long-lasting favorite is the lovely batik print.

No matter what airline you're flying to Singapore, at some point you'll be faced with the culture of Singapore Airlines and this florals-on-a-field-of-blue design. From billboards to glossy magazine ads, to the Girls themselves walking through Changi Airport, the SIA sarong kebaya appears over and over and eventually you may find yourself wanting a piece of the action.

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What Everyone's Buying in Istanbul: Türk Kahvesi Cup Set

May 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Yes, Istanbul has Starbucks. Inside those Starbucks, as in every other cafe in the city, you'll be able to order the thick, deep umber of Türk kahvesi, or Turkish coffee. Starbucks won't offer it in anything more than a plan white espresso mug, but elsewhere you'll likely lift exquisitely styled cups decorated in copper or even more precious metals, each with its own lid.

The bazaars of Istanbul offer sets of these mugs, often with a matching sugar bowl or carrying tray. They're beautiful and make excellent hostess gifts, but resist the urge to keep them away in a curio cabinet; they're best appreciated in use!

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