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Our Pick of Top 10 Beautiful Souvenirs from India

Ours is the exotic land of ancient knowledge, Mughal riches and exotic spices. Why shouldn’t our souvenirs reflect this magic? Luxury Souvenirs from India. Does such a thing even exist? Shopping for souvenirs in India used to be anything but fun. We were so jaded by our multiple, highly unsuccessful trips to the usual souvenir shopping spots in Mumbai – Cottage Industries, Colaba Causeway etc. All we would find were the

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The best souvenirs from Tuscany

Wondering what to bring back from Italy? They don’t call life there La Dolce Vita for nothing, for when it comes to bringing back a piece of it, Tuscany offers up a whole collection of souvenirs, and like us, you’re going to be spoilt for choice. Thankfully, we’ve trawled a whole lot of shops and boutiques, to find the best souvenirs from Tuscany! 1. Alcohol The Wines. We absolutely love

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Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur: A Walking Tour and Long Lunch

Of all the cities in the world that have a Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur is probably the one where it’s unmissable. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that Kuala Lumpur is more of a glitzy shopping destination than a cultural one with lots of sights and attractions. We were just aching to do something beyond strolling through malls. Charles grumbled that his new smart watch probably thought

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Grand Bazaar Istanbul: Souvenirs you must buy

I’d been dreaming of the Grand Bazaar Istanbul ever since the day I first heard about it. In my mind’s eye I’d already painted a picture of a dingy Ali Baba-esque cave, with glittering treasures within. So when we finally got to Istanbul, I couldn’t wait to go shopping to the world’s oldest shopping mall. The Grand Bazaar has four main entrances. This used to be the trading centre of Istanbul,

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San Kamphaeng, Chiang Mai: Hot springs, umbrellas, silk and honey

San Kamphaeng is a district just outside of Chiang Mai (in Nothern Thailand) that we’d been told was well worth the half day trip. The local umbrella- making industry, silk factory, honey factory and of course the hot springs. At a good 40 kms away, we contemplated the day long detour, especially since we also needed to drop by the Grand Lanna at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi for lunch

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Mercat Del Encants, Barcelona: Of treasures and trash

Barcelona is young, hip, friendly and informal. Naturally, we assumed there had to be an insanely cool market hidden somewhere in this city. Flea markets in Europe are known to be a treasure trove of antiques and all sorts of shopping for the serious and the passerby. Our intense experience at Europe’s largest flea market – Les Puces de St. Ouen in Paris taught us that. So when we found

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The Barcelona Guide

While we knew it was going to be special, Barcelona surprised us in ways we couldn’t have imagined! It was hipper and more laid back than we believed, the people were far friendlier and genuine than we assumed. When to Go:  While Barcelona is a year round city, the way you experience it will most certainly change through the year. Jan- Feb is when the weather is chilly yet has

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