Subject: RE: Souvenir shopping
Though I am far, far behind on the digest I happened upon the recent souvenir comments, so I thought I'd join in.

I enjoy buying tiles from any town/country where available. I try to find hand-made ones, often 3-dimensional, with hooks or some form of hanger on the back. I have them arranged on a wall in the kitchen and they make a great conversation piece.

Inexpensive ethnic hats from different countries are fun to collect. They are easy to display on a hall tree and are great for parties, where your guests select who they want to be. Most notable have been hats from Peru and the Orient.

One other souvenir that packs well are bags.....carpet, silk, yarn, embroidered, beaded, etc.....any handmade variety. I hang these on decorative hooks on doors throughout our home, and they make a colorful display and always invite questions as to where in the world did this come from?

Although this has been a slow travel year for us, due to family circumstances, souvenirs certainly bring smiles and good memories. Ellen, NC