Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Spain Souvenirs: What I brought home from Spain . . .

Before I left for my Spain Trip last November, blogging friend Maria was so kind to post a thread on the Spain/Portugal Forum on Slow Travel: What to bring home from Spain! From her wonderful thread I was able to get some fantastic ideas from Maria and other fellow Slow Travelers of what kind of souvenirs I could bring home from Spain as a wonderful reminder of my trip! And here's what I got:

From Madrid, a book from the Prado Museum which provides a summary for some of the most famous pieces of artwork such as Velasquez's Las Meninas (This guide and notes from watching Sister Wendy's DVD which was recommended by AnnieNC was so helpful to me during my visit) and a rosary from the Almudena Cathedral . . . .

From Seville, a flamenco dress for my wine bottle, a beautiful print of a street in the Barrio Santa Cruz, beautiful fans and castanets . . . .

A letter opener sword from Toledo . . .

From Granada, a beautiful print (Alhambra), a little decorative plate and box . . .

From Ronda, I picked up this cute little bottle of Sangria . . .

I got a few postcards from each city/town that I visited.

And no matter what, I can never throw out the collection of stubs, train tickets, maps, museum brochures, etc.

I brought back a great collection of Spanish music too . . .

And finally, on my last full day in Granada, I spent the day trying to find a guitar making shop, but I got lost so I finally asked a local and was directed to this great shop owner.

I was a little worried at first on how I was going to manage to bring my guitar home, but it was easier than I thought it was going to be. On both flights, the agents were really cool. They tagged my guitar just in case the flight was going to be full and I wouldn't be allowed to bring my guitar in the cabin. They then told me to ask the flight attendants when I board if they can find a place for my guitar. On my first flight, they politely stored my guitar in the closet up front. And then on my second flight home, I asked this other guy who also brought a guitar on board if we could put our guitars together so it wouldn't take extra space and so no one would be able to throw their heavy carry on's on top of them. He said sure and it worked out really great for the both of us.

And here's a closer look at my most favorite souvenir, which I really love!

Thank you so much for all these great ideas Maria! I'm sure that I will enjoy these souvenirs for years to come and they will always remind me of my wonderful trip to Spain! Edited to add: I also have to say a big Thank you to AnnieNC for asking about my souvnirs when I commented about possibly doing a souvenir post like Maria's. Thanks for the nudge Annie! :)


  1. Gee I'm going to save this list for a "someday". What wonderful things you found. Thanks for the photos.

  2. Kathy, I've been looking forward to this post! Wow, what awesome things. First, the little wine bottle dress absolutely cracks me up. Who thinks of such a thing, it's hilarious! I would have bought that too in a heartbeat.

    And I love the artwork you bought and all the other colorful things, I bet it is so nice to see all these treasures around your home.

    The guitar is gorgeous! I hadn't thought about the logistics of bringing something so precious home, but glad it worked out so well for you.

    Great post - it makes me want to go shopping!

  3. Hi Barb, thanks so much for your comments! That was a great collection of souvenirs list and I managed to get some of the things recommended by everyone and then some! :)

    Hi Annie, glad you liked the post. Isn't that the cutes Flamenco dress! It's a backless too! I may have to take a photo of the back side of the bottle so you can see it! :) I love it. I also think the little Sangria bottle with the cute little castanets were hilarious and so cute too! I love bringing home prints from local artists as it makes it more personal than a photo sometimes. I love my guitar! And I didn't do any research on bringing it home. I just decided to buy it and deal with how to bring it home on the plane when I crossed that bridge. Of course I played it up with the flight attendants that this was a precious souvenir from Spain and they were all very accommodating even though the flights were full!

    Glad you enjoyed the post! I forgot to thank you for giving me the nudge to write this entry so I edited my post! Thanks again Annie and have a great day!

  4. Wow - someone who is deifintely after my own heart. No packing lightly here!

    Isn't it great to have some things that you can enjoy around the house the bring back all of those wonderful memories from your trip?

  5. Beautiful memories! And the guitar is so special. However,you forgot to mention the generosity you showed in bringing home newspapers for KZ. For the rest of you...Kathy was on her trip at election time and brought home papers from Germany and Spain with stories about Obama's win. KZ has quite a collection of memorabilia about that historical time. Thanks, Kathy

  6. Hi Kathy, I’m so thrilled to see all your treasures and I’m particularly happy that you bought a Spanish guitar. I think I told you that the last thing my husband bought in Spain back in 1981 was a guitar in Madrid. He couldn’t leave without one and I’m glad to see that you had the same thought. What a wonderful souvenir! I know you play the guitar and I hope one day we all can hear you playing it.

    A book on the Prado is a wonderful souvenir of an amazing museum and the rosary from the Almudena will always remind you of the feast of the Virgin, and all the gorgeous flowers and the colorful typical costumes you saw.

    I saw the little flamenco dress for the wine bottles but didn’t buy one, which I regret now. I did however buy a flamenco apron which I gave to my sister-in-law.

    Did you see the flamenco dancer outfits for little girls along with the black-heeled shoes? I so wanted to buy a couple for my youngest nieces but I couldn’t figure out the sizing.

    The fans and castanets are so beautiful and colorful. The letter opener from Toledo is such a cool and practical souvenir. Nice collection of CDs. We also buy music when we see street musicians selling their CDs. Love the mini bottle of Sangria with the red hat and tiny castanets.

    I also save all my receipts, tickets, maps and brochures. I find myself searching thru them when I’m blogging after the trip.

    Thank you for sharing with us the treasures you brought back from Spain. They are all lovely and a wonderful memory of a fabulous trip.

    How sweet of you to bring Casey the newspapers from Spain and Germany, on the occasion of the Inauguration. You are such a generous and thoughtful friend.

    Happy Tuesday!

  7. I love, love , love your treasures from Spain. The little wine bottle dress is just too cute, and so Spain. I love the art prints you bought, and all the other stuff.

    The guitar is definitely a great find, and looks great.I am glad its journey home wasn't stressful.

    I too can never part with my tickets stubs, maps or brochures from my trips. The plan is to put all in a nice scrapbook, I am not sure it is ever going to happen, but I love keeping them.

    And buying postcards from towns we visit is something I started doing recently. We were on a trip in NYC few months before 9/11, and I just happened to buy a postcard that shows the twin towers, well, it is one of my most precious postcards I have, and I wonder for how much longer we'll be seeing postcards with the twin towers adorning the city.

  8. Yes I'd love to see the "backless" photo, that is too funny.

    And I agree, that was so very nice of you to bring back the Obama newspapers!

    One hour til AI (for me) and I think I'll be able to stay awake for it this week, LOL.

  9. Oh my gosh! I had no idea you bought a guitar!! Did you mention this before and I just missed it? I didn't even know you played guitar. That has to be one of the most exciting souvenirs ever. I also love all of your other souvenirs. Cute little flamenco dress and I love the prints.

    I always save all of my train stubs, museum tickets, etc. also. I have so many of them now. I really do need to organize them.

    I really enjoyed seeing all of your treasures. I also hope we get to hear you play sometime.

  10. Thanks so much everyone! I’m glad you all liked my collection of souvenirs!

    Jerry, thanks so much for your comments. What saved the day for me was being able to mail a couple of boxes home from Seville. I love seeing many of the souvenirs from my trips around my house. They allow me to not only relive my trip but also inspires me to start planning the next! :)

    Jane, thank you so much for your kind comments. That is so sweet of you to mention KZ’s newspaper clippings. And it was his very special Grandmother that alerted me about his awesome collection and asked me if I happen to come across any newspaper articles if I could save them for him. I am so glad that you mentioned it to me and it felt very cool to have a small part of contributing to KZ’s collection because I knew that what he was creating was so important to him and was going to be something he can look at to remember what a special time this was in our history.

    Maria, thanks so much for your comments. Getting the guitar in Granada was sort of a last minute decision because I wasn’t sure that I would be able to manage carrying all my luggage two more times on the train and then carrying it on the plane. But remembering what you said about your husband’s purchase, I just couldn’t leave without one too! And like your husband, I am sooo glad that I made the purchase. As far as playing it . . . you just never know what I might just do! :)

    The Prado book is so important to me because we were not able to take any photos (understandably so) inside. So it is a wonderful souvenir. The Rosary will always remind me of that special Almudena Fiesta and the great time that I had participating in it. You know I didn’t see those Flamenco wine bottle things until I went into this sort of liquor store to buy a bottle of water and when I went to pay for it, there was a display. And then I saw a whole basket of different colors full of them. I think they are more like aprons too just like the one you got for your sister in law. Great gift idea! I did see the little flamenco outfits for girls. They were so adorable. I just love my CD’s, all the post cards, fans and everything I brought back and saved from my trip! And the fans and swords made perfect gifts for co-workers and friends.

    Finding those newspaper clippings was a lot of fun to do. I felt like I was on this quest for someone very special. It was cool to have had the chance to contribute in my small way to a life time memorabilia and for a really neat person.

    Thanks so much Maria for starting that great thread and for giving me so many great ideas! I don’t think I would have thought to bring back some of these special momentos had you not started that great thread and provided me with your ideas and experiences. So thank you so much!

    Candi, thanks so much for your comments. Glad you loved looking at my Spanish treasures. I just love that little wine bottle dress and all of my great souvenirs. And I really love my guitar too. Since 2005, I have not thrown any items away. I haven’t put them into a scrapebook either :), but they are in a clear shoe box container and labled for the day when I actually make the time to do it. I just can’t bring myself to get rid of them. I think your postcard with the twin towers is a very precious souvenir. And I have to agree with you that we may not see any postcards with the twin towers in them for much longer. Sadly, I remember that very tragic day like it was yesterday.

    Annie, thanks so much for your comments. Bringing back the newspaper clippings was fun for me because I knew who they were going to and the special purpose that they were going to be used for.

    Last night's AI show was interesting. I just posted my Recap and I’m looking forward to reading your Recap too! Last night was interesting and tonight’s results show is going to be very intense. And hope you like the “backless” photos of my Flamenco Dress for my wine bottle! :)

    Girasoli, thanks so much for your comments. Glad you liked all my souvenirs. And yes, my spanish guitar, I just love it. Maybe one day.... :) Glad you also like the cute little Flamenco Wine Bottle dress too!

    I have ticket stubs starting from 2005 but have not organized any of them. They are in clear plastic shoe boxes and labeled for each of my trips since then. Maybe one day I can finally oragnize them in to a scrapebook. Time is my problem and procrastination....

    Thanks again everyone! This was a fun post for me. Have a great day!

  11. Wow! I loved seeing all the things you brought home. :)

  12. What a great post! It looks like you found some real treasures. I am especially impressed that you got a guitar, how cool to get that in Andalucia!

  13. Kathy, what wonderful souveniers -- each piece must so packed with fantastic memories.

    I love the prints and the plate you bought and I didn't realize you bought a guitar on trip. What a wonderful idea! I can imagine it would be a bit of challenge to bring home, but worth the effort I'm sure!

  14. Hi Leslie, thanks so much for your comments. I love my souvenirs! :)

    Hi Chicciola, thanks so much for your comments too. And yes, getting a guitar in Andalucia is very special to me! One of the best buys of the trip! :)

    Hi Sandra, thanks so much for your comments. I do have great memories when I look at each treasured souvenir. Made carrying them and the effort to mail them home worth it! :)

    Thanks again everyone for all of your comments and I'm glad you liked reading the post and seeing my awesome souvenirs from such a great country!


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