My husband recently went on a business trip to Japan and returned with a new addition to our fridge magnet collection.
This collection really got started on our whirlwind bus trip through Italy. We discovered that when the bus stopped, we had time to either eat, sight-see or shop, sometimes two of those three, but never all three. Where the buses parked, however, there were always souvenir shops, and always magnets, so magnets became a fast, easy purchase to mark our stop. Now it's become a quick, easy souvenir purchase on any trip, and other members of the family are now contributing (the magnets from London and Belgium, below, were gifts.) Even layovers at airports have been deemed magnet-worthy.
With no further ado, here is the Japanese magnet:
And here is the whole collection.
In order from left to right, in approximate rows, the magnets are from
Uluru (Ayers Rock, Australia - they were even selling copies of one of my books in the gift shop!)
Holland (aka The Netherlands)
Prague, The Czech Republic (my husband got this on another business trip)
Sorrento, Italy (or Italta on the magnet - I think that's a typo!)
San Gimignano, Italy (this takes the prize for Most Garish, I think)
San Marino, Italy (where the collection really bagan)
and last but not least, Seattle.
We're hoping to visit Ireland (ancestral home of the Moore branch of the family) sometime this year. I sense a shamrock magnet in my future....