Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Italy Vacation: What I Bought

So remember when I went to Italy?  I managed to do a little shopping while there.  I didn't want to buy too much and I didn't want to spend too much money but I always like to bring home a few mementos.  Whenever I go on a trip I have my typical items I like to buy - pottery/glass, Christmas ornaments and paintings/artwork.  I feel like those are all items that I can use once home and also are great mementos of another city/state/country.  So here's what I got. . .

I bought this ornament in Cinque Terre - Monterosso to be exact which is the village we stayed in while there.  I actually bought this just in case I didn't find anything else in Venice.  I actually forgot I had bought it and "found" it when I got home and unpacked. 

I bought this painting one night while we were in Riomaggiore watching the sunset.  The artist was sitting there painting and I love supporting local artists.  He was actually originally from Croatia but living in Cinque Terre.  I love that it is small, will be cheap to frame and will give remind me of the most wonderful days spent in those five villages!

I also grabbed these postcards while in Cinque Terre (prior to the night I bought the above painting).

Pesto!  Cinque Terre is pesto country so I had to buy some.  Oh and that reminds me I need to make some pasta and use this!

Venice had some great shopping and I bought the most stuff while there.  I found a great jewelry store that sold all this cool stuff made of beads.  I had the hardest time choosing and finally settled on the 2 bracelets above.  I loved the way they looked with my gold Alex and Ani's too!

This bowl - I love it!  Love it!  I had my eye on it for a little while and made sure to look around at several shops before buying it.  Love the blues in it.


This ornament is my favorite.  This is the one I really wanted.  I love it.  So pretty and I can't wait to hang it on my tree.  It will always remind me of Venice/Murano.

I also bought this ring in Murano.  I got my mom and black and white one too.  So simple, easy to pack/bring home and something that will get a lot of use!

I HAD to get my nieces these pretty masks while in Venice.  I gave them to them at their dance recital instead of flowers and they matched their costumes perfect!


So that is what I bought!  Vacation shopping is the best.  Love looking for the perfect mementos to bring home.  What is your favorite thing to buy on vacation?





4 comments:

  1. Ooo you got some really great stuff! I like to buy paintings or photographs. We collect pins since they're small and easy to find. We have them on a cork board for now. Eventually we'll find a cooler way to display them.

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  2. Looooove that bowl! Green and blue is one of my fave color combos

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  3. The postcards look like real paintings. The girls look so cute in their masks!

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  4. Love your finds - any chance do you remember which shop in Monteroso you purchased the ornament from - have been searching for awhile

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