Find a Shopping Spree

We all want to bring back a little memento of our trip, something more than a photo but less than, say, a 10-foot tall lawn ornament. Well, our authors have shopped the world, and we’re here to tell you what to buy, when to bargain, and what’s worth pulling out a credit card.

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Shopping: The Bucket List


Inglewood street scene

Shopping the Quirky Boutiques of Inglewood, Calgary, Canada

"You are never a great man when you have more mind than heart." The quote from British historian E.P. Beauchene, painted on a mural beside the DaDe Art and Design Lab on 9th Avenue SE in Calgary, could well be the slogan for the surrounding Inglewood neighborhood. Heart is certainly not ...
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Kitchen Connaisseur in Stratford, Ontario (photo credit: Laura Byrne Paquet, c 2014).

Shopping for gourmet treats in Stratford, Ontario, Canada

Come for the plays. Stay for the food. If I had my way, that would be the slogan for Stratford, Ontario, about 90 minutes southwest of Toronto. The small Canadian city (population 30,866) is known primarily in travel circles for the Stratford Festival, which focuses on Shakespearean plays but it also ...
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Clyde Butcher's fine art nature photography makes a meaningful souvenir.

What to Buy in Florida: Shopping for True Souvenirs from the Sunshine State

Mickey Mouse ears and crates of oranges: That is so last century when it comes to shopping for souvenirs that truly say “Florida.” Harry Potter is the new Mickey Mouse, and key lime products are much trendier in the citrus department. In Your Bucket Because... You don't need another pink flamingo ...
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An angel bought while on a trip to the Swiss Christmas markets on Lake Geneva.

What to Buy in Switzerland: Souvenir Shopping from Cowbells to Cuckoo Clocks

Unlike the trains in Switzerland, I don't always run on time, which is why I found myself standing at the platform at the Montreux railway station watching the train I was supposed to be on pulling away without me. It doesn't seem accidental that this is a country that runs ...
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Dookgalik, envisioned by famed Junkanoo artist, the late Jackson Burnside.

Shopping for Authentic Bahamian Souvenirs in Nassau

Most shoppers were trying on diamond bracelets and spritzing perfume at glamorous, name-brand, duty-free shops; or pawing through cheap knock-offs and imported baskets at the Bay Street Straw Market. Me? I was scouring galleries for Junkanoo-inspired art and masks, Out-Island hand-plaited baskets, and other authentic souvenirs of Nassau, capital of ...
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Pastry counter at Laduree Royale in Paris (Photo credit: MCArnott)

Buying Macarons at Ladurée Pastry-shop in Paris

Will it be a chocolate diamond, a raspberry ruby, or a lavender aquamarine? My taste buds are on alert: I might even have more than three. If there is such a thing as an epicurean gem, this is where to find it. So, why are Ladurée macarons such a big deal? ...
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