Bring home a little souvenir of the trip
If you had a chance to go abroad, it is not necessary to bring home the banal key chains and cheap t-shirts. Each country may offer unique Souvenirs, whether national or treats the masterpieces of folk Handicrafts. For example, a true port is produced only in Portugal.
So what are the best Souvenirs to bring from 20 European countries?
The Germans are known for their addiction to beer, which are often cheaper than water, and drink liters of it from a heavy glass mugs called mass. Take a trip to Munich’s famous hofbräuhaus restaurant and get a mug with the iconic HB logo on a blue background.
Italy: leather goods
Italy is full of street markets where you can see a wide selection of leather goods from bags and belts to notebooks and wallets. The most famous market (and the perfect place to find quality leather goods) – the market of San Lorenzo in Florence. You can spend a whole day sweating it out in endless rows between the shelves.
Croatia: lyziarske heart
Very popular in Croatia lyziarske heart is gingerbread in the shape of heart from honey-dough, painted in bright colors, most often red. The tradition of baking these gingerbread originated in the middle ages. Little hearts are perfect for decorating the Christmas tree.
The Netherlands: Tu Delft porcelain
Porcelain in white and blue tones, named after the city of Delft, where they are produced. Their history goes back to the 17th century, and in its heyday in Delft were 33 factories that produce unique porcelain pieces. Today there is only one factory, but delevski of furor can be found in every corner of the Netherlands. It may be a small tea set, decorative statue.
Mozartkugel – traditional round chocolates filled with marzipan, one of the most popular confectionery products in Austria. They were first created in Salzburg in 1890 by Paul Fürst, who decided to name his creation after the famous Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Romania: the wooden spoon
In the old days they were used for practical purposes, but today they were more of a decoration. On hand-carved Cutlery can meet a variety of patterns – from animals and people to religious symbols. Some of the motifs have special meaning, for example, the rooster symbolizes hope.
Spain hand fan
Throughout Spain you will see women with bright colorful hand fans. And even if you are not going to use the fan for its intended purpose, it can serve as a gorgeous decorative piece due to the hand-painted intricate patterns.
Turkey: Turkish coffee
Turkish coffee is drunk black, and it is characterized by its fortress. One of the historically most well — known brands- Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. In Turkey it is customary to serve coffee in copper cups, so if you want authenticity, at the same time bring home the Cup and the coffee pot.
In the Polish port of Gdansk, the amber can be found on every corner. Here you will find a variety of shops selling jewelry made from “Baltic gold”, which essentially is a tree resin that solidified under the influence of time and sea water. The city even hosts an international festival of amber.
Sweden: Dalecarlia horse
These wooden horses first appeared in the 19th century in the Dalarna region, in honor of which got its name. Bright shapes are the unofficial symbol of the country and can be found in the homes of many local residents. Red is the most traditional.
Portugal: port wine
Portuguese picturesque Douro valley is the only place in the world where they produce a real port, the fortified sweet wine used after a meal. Take a day to visit the farms of the Douro valley and the tasting of different varieties. You will surely find one variety that you like.
Greece: amulet against the evil eye
According to local legend, the eye-stone removes misfortune. Throughout the country you will meet the bright blue medallions and pendants with the symbol of the eye. For centuries they are an integral part of Greek tradition.
France: Camembert cheese
Baguette, perhaps, will not survive the trip in Luggage, but Camembert is quite. Cream cheese from the North of Normandy will be the perfect end to any meal.
Ukraine: lignic (Carpathian plaid)
Lizhnyk – wool blanket, whose production is concentrated mostly in Yavoriv, a Ukrainian city near the Polish border. These are very warm and soft blankets in the old style are woven by hand on a homemade wooden looms from the wool of sheep grazing in the Carpathian mountains.
Czech Republic: Bohemian crystal
Bohemian crystal made in Silesia and Bohemia, whence its name. These beautiful glass-blown and engraved by hand. Besides Bohemian glass better and stronger than usual.
Switzerland: Lindt chocolate
The people of Switzerland consume 12 pounds of chocolate per year, which can not fail to impress. Switzerland belong to many advances in the chocolate industry including chocolate conche machine introduced in 1879 Rudolf Lindt, and forever changed the way of producing chocolate. Swiss chocolatiers and to this day use this technique in your production. Take a chocolate bar, and best ten.
Norway: Knitted wool sweater
The cold climate of Norway contributed to the warm knitted sweaters. Firm Dale of Norway manufactures popular sweaters with fancy patterns since the early 19th century and from 1950-the year always puts the Norwegian ski team. This cute sweater will warm you in any, even the coldest weather.
Hungary embroidered tablecloth
In Hungary there are several styles of embroidery. Perhaps, often in this pattern there are flowers and they are beautifully decorated with numerous tablecloths and towels that are sold throughout the country.
England: Cadbury chocolate
Yes, the Cadbury chocolate sold by us. But the taste, and its composition is very different from the British version. Purchase the famous chocolate egg with the creamy filling or just a bar of chocolate, here you will find a variety of unique flavors, sold exclusively in England.
Ireland: whiskey stones
Instead of the banal bottle of whiskey buy whiskey stones, known for their ability to maintain the desired temperature of the drink, without diluting it (as it would make the ice cubes). In the province of Connemara on the West coast of Ireland you will find stones from rare varieties of marble available only in this region of the country.
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