From London, we have this tiny little double-decker bus. It’s only about an inch tall!
In China, we picked up this cool red and gold design.
They’re both keychains, in case you were wondering! Christmas ornaments can get expensive, very large, or even difficult to find in some places. Getting a keychain really opens the possibilities! I remove the key ring part, add a hook and it’s done!
What about you? Any special new ornaments or travel traditions from this year?
The hunt for an ornament is always really fun. Sometimes we don’t buy a traditional ornament. On a trip to Philadelphia, we bought a keychain and turned it into an ornament because all the Christmas ornaments we saw were too big and bulky.
Our little camel is actually a figurine carved out of camel bone. Camel bone figurines are a popular tourist purchase in Egypt. The store we went to also had angels, stars and other traditional Christmas ornaments carved out of camel bone.
We had to have the camel, it was too cute to pass up. Do you have any Christmas ornament traditions?
We always bring back a piece of art, usually inexpensive street art. We like having something on our wall that reminds us of where we’ve been and there’s usually a story around the hunt for the right piece.
In Paris, we bought from an artist on the right bank of the Seine near the Louvre. We couldn’t agree on which drawing we wanted. The artist thought we were trying to haggle and kept dropping the price while the husband and I continued our disagreement. We ended up with two!
During this last trip in Cairo, we found ourselves in a giant papyrus shop pouring over stacks of drawings. The drawing we loved was framed in a display. The shopkeeper pulled out piles of drawings, thumbing through them, saying he had one exactly like it ready to go. Each one he pulled out was just slightly different, the geese were a different color, the lotus flowers looked different, etc. He finally pulled the one out of the display, wrapped it for us and we skipped out of the store.
Did I mention our place is tiny? We may run out of walls.
Want to see more pictures of the papyrus shop and the drawings we bought in Paris? Head over to my Facebook page to see a special photo album. Don’t have a Facebook account? You can still click the link and see the pictures!