June 14, 2016 – Tuesday

Enjoy! I will start with this word. What does it mean…

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Live life to the fullest! Enjoy the small, the not so big and the big events!

en·joy
inˈjoi,enˈjoi/
verb
1. Take delight or pleasure in (an activity or occasion).
“Joe enjoys reading Icelandic family sagas”
synonyms: like, love, be fond of, be entertained by, take pleasure in, be keen on, delight in, appreciate, relish, revel in, adore, lap up, savor, luxuriate in, bask in; More
2. Possess and benefit from.
“the security forces enjoy legal immunity from prosecution”
synonyms: benefit from, have the benefit of;

Why ENJOY?  Because I will share in my blog today what I’ve learned from famous blogs in Pinterest about the ENJOYMENT of TRAVELLING and bringing a part of that place in the form of souvenirs! As promised, I will breakdown where to find the souvenirs I blogged yesterday. Starting with the country of Italy:

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ITALY
🛍🎒 Wine/Liqueur (Grapa, Limmoncelo) – is an Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy, especially in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Sorrentine Peninsula and the coast of Amalfi, and islands of Procida, Ischia, and Capri. It is also produced in Abruzzo, Basilicata, Apulia, Sicily, Sardinia, Menton in France, and the Maltese island of Gozo. Limoncello is sold in most stores, and some are in bottles shaped like the map of Italy (a fashionable boot).

🛍🎒 Specialty/Gourmet food (anchovies, pasta, pocket coffees) – Pasta, you can never go back home without bringing home a taste of Italy, right! Available in most grocery stores both in big cities and small towns, these packets of delightfully colorful pasta are hard to ignore. If you thought penne, spaghetti, macaroni and ravioli are the only types of Italian pasta, you are in for a surprise! There are more than 300 different types of pasta, each determined by its shape and ingredients. From trofie in Liguria to gigli in Tuscany to orecchiette in Southern Italy, each region specializes in its own flavors. This just goes to show that good things come in all shapes and sizes.

🛍🎒 Sweet pastries, kinder chocolates – Some of the best souvenir shopping is in the small neighborhood alimentari shops, local grocery stores and in major Italian cities, Eataly. Here is our guide to the best food souvenirs from Italy.

🛍🎒 Ceramic or glass jewelries – Take a boat ride across to Murano, Venice (about 10 minutes), where you can purchase Murano glass items – decorative pieces like paperweights, useful items like bottle stoppers and perfume bottles, or one-of-a-kind jewellery. You can also watch them create the glass right in front of you, sometimes complimentary others with a fee.

🛍🎒 Shoes – Buy Custom Leather Sandals hand-crafted sandals are an Amalfi Coast specialty. I think you get the most for your money in Positano. But the hardest part is picking just one pair! Or Petrocchi footwear has a great history, as it is linked to movie stars and the Dolce Vita, from Petrocchi.

Silvana Mangano to Sergio Leone, who brought Robert De Niro into the store one day. “All the two-tone shoes in Once Upon a Time in America are ours!” The workshop near Via Sistina. They simply need to remember that it takes a few weeks before they can wear what they’ve ordered. http://www.calzoleriapetrocchi.it

But there is good news: while throwing coins in Rome’s Trevi Fountain will ensure you will return to Rome someday, seekers of the shoe in Florence will find a bit of magic that is even better. Just by keeping your eyes open as you walk around Florence over the course of several days, you are all but guaranteed to find your just-right pair of shoes.

🛍🎒 Religious art – Available in shops around Saint Peter’s Basilica or some factories in Murano. type of souvenir are the many on Via della Conciliazione – the road leading to St Peter’s. They’re very well laid out (and usually air-conditioned), selling everything from religious medals to statues, plaster busts of the Pope and even calendars of priests.

🛍🎒 Accessories for the office/ Paintings – Venice is one of those places that almost seems too beautiful to be real. Of course, it is real, but that sensation of walking through a work of art is the perfect reason to be on the lookout for a painting that captures the city’s character.

🛍🎒 Perfumes – In Florence, art and religion have been closely tied for centuries. But it’s not just paintings and sculptures inside churches – the art of perfumery has been cultivated at the church of Santa Maria Novella (inside its pharmacy) since the 13th century. The pharmacy that was begun by monks way back then has evolved into one of the world’s premier perfumeries – and they also make lots of other products, from soaps to mouthwash to the traditional medicines that were their bread and butter in the Renaissance.

🛍🎒 Cheese – This new food hall on Cola di Rienzo (in the basement of the Coin department store) is close to the Vatican and a good place to pick up fresh bread, cakes and snacks such as olives and cheese.

Via Cola di Rienzo 173
+39 06 3243378
eatstore.it/pages/eat-s-roma
Open: Mon – Sat 8 am – 8 pm; Sun 9 am – 8 pm

🛍🎒 Hand painted paper – Florence has a long history of paper making, especially marbled and hand decorated paper. When in Florence you will see a lot of lovely shops with handcrafted journals and postcards, maps and planners. I suggest visiting Il Papiro for authentic and traditional paper items.

🛍🎒 Leather accessories like gloves -Even if you aren’t sure about buying a pair, don’t hesitate to have a look inside Florence’s renowned glove shop, Madova. Behind the counter, gloves are arranged in neat little bins in every color imaginable.

🛍🎒 Scarves – Florence’s outdoor markets drip with brightly colored and otherwise stylish scarves that are different than anything you can find at home and only look expensive. As opposed to buying leather goods, as long as they aren’t name brand knock offs, it’s okay not to care if they are “Made in Italy.”

Thanks to a collection of articles found in Pinterest. I will be using this tips on our upcoming trip.

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