is such an important part of the Irish culture. I think
a wonderful gift would be a CD by an Irish singer or musician
of your choice. A few years back I bought a compilation
of music by Irish women for friends in the USA. They simply
loved it and asked me to send more so they could give them
as gifts for their friends!
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada
have two gifts to recommend from this part of the world.
If you want to splurge on a present, Florence is the perfect
place to buy leather gloves.
I always buy several pairs to keep in my present drawer
-- they're so soft, so stylish and come in so many beautiful
colors. I have my favorite shop, too. It's Roberta's,
a small leather shop located on Borgo S. Jacapo 78r (a tiny
street that runs parallel to the Arno between Ponte Vecchio
and Ponte S. Trinita ) Website: www.robertafirenze.com.
I recommend small bottles of really good balsamic
vinegar for your friends who love to cook.
A little goes a very long way and you can find what you
need in most local groceries.
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada
am a reader from Rome, Italy. When you come in Rome, you
have to by a bottle of white wine from Frascati
and some biscuits called Tozzetti
or Brutti Buoni,
that you can eat when drinking some wine. Enjoy yourself!
Simona, Rome, Italy
live in Venice, Italy and although I work as a Personal
Shopper and Image Consultant I never tire of shopping even
knows what the most typical things in Venice are -- the
glass items, of course! But it has unfortunately become
a stereotype. What not many people know is that the Venetian
cuisine has a very long tradition of sweets. Yes, we do
have a sweet tooth in Venice. So, if you happen to come
here, don't forget to buy a package of BAICOLI,
the typical Venetian biscuits. They're a catch at about
1,50 euros a package. And you can find them at the supermarket,
at the bakery or at the pastry shop. Regards to all the
Cinzia, Venice, Italy
Venice I suggest bringing back little earrings made of Venetian
crystals. They are very inexpensive (under
$20) and make a lovely accessory.
Arrianna, Venice, Italy
absolute favorite shop in Venice, Italy is Color
Casa. They offer the finest and best priced
Italian fabrics, purses, ties and articles for the home.
Most of the fabrics are hand stamped velvet and dress up
a home magnificently.I've been buying from this store for
more than ten years and love the folks there.Ask for Giorgio
or Sandra and say Melody sent them. Here is their contact
information: Address:San Polo 1990,30125 Venice. Tel:041
Melody, San Francisco, USA
always pick up Japanese versions of Snickers,
Kit-Kat chocolate bars,
and whatever else with Japanese characters written on the
packaging. I also take home a collection of purely Japanese
treats because my pals get a kick out of the really bizarre
English names that most treats have. For
example, a new chocolate on the market comes in a small
box with each chocolate individually wrapped and labelled
with "Melty Kiss".
souvenir shopping, hit the 100
yen shops. Everything in the store is 100
yen ($1) and there is an amazing assortment to chose from!
Some shops, Harajuku,
are multi-levels and the items are divided into sections
– kitchen, home, beauty, etc. The selection is endless
– dishes, napkins, chopsticks, washi paper, snacks,
charms, hair accessories, slippers, etc. This is the place
to pick up things for your travelling pals – travel-size
shampoo bottles, extra toothbrushes, mesh bags for dirty
laundry, socks, locks for backpacks, and also places for
souvenirs/gifts – funny stationary with 'Engrish'
on it, kimono print notebooks, lanterns, etc. You can go
crazy inside – everything is a dollar!
really great gift from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia would be the
Batik. A piece
of beautifully drawn fabric, usually sold in pre-cut lengths
of three meters and generally inexpensive not to mention
easily sought out almost anywhere in Kuala Lumpur. It plays
an integral part of the Malay culture as it’s so versatile
and you can get it in a variety of designs, colors, quality
technique of making Batik involves process of dyeing fabric
by making use of a resist technique; covering areas of cloth
with a dye-resistant substance to prevent them absorbing
colors…. Batik has become a very central means of
artistic expression for many of the areas of Asia and a
deeply integrated facet of Asian culture.
of the popularity of Batik can be tied to the fact that
the batik technique offers immense possibilities for artistic
freedom as patterns are applied by actual drawing rather
than by weaving with thread. Another factor in its popularity
is the fact that it is so durable. The colors in Batik are
much more resistant to wear than those of painted or printed
fabrics because the cloth is completely immersed in dye
and the areas not protected by resist are allowed to absorb
hues to the extent that the colors will not easily fade.”
wonderful thing about Batik is that you can use it in a
1001 ways and still find new and exciting uses for it. Traditionally,
both men and women wear it as a daily sort of outfit, but
some of the more stunning designs on better quality materials
would be worn for special occasions such as weddings. Nowadays,
you can find batik on almost anything from tablecloths to
photo albums, from laid back beach sarong to high couture
fashion frocks! Definitely a great souvenir, don’t
you think? Thanks for reading and best regards!
Murni, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia