Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Collection Grows

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
Las Vegas
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)
Mantua, Italy
Burano, Italy
London, England
Siena, Italy
Viterbo, Italy
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)
Pisa, Italy
Gubbio, Italy
Verona, Italy
Sirmione, Italy
Dominican Republic
New York
San Marino, Italy (where the collection really bagan)
Orvieto, Italy
Pompei, Italy
Assisi, Italy
Florence, Italy
Rome, Italy
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....

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