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In the summer of 1999, my husband had the chance to travel to Israel for work.  He was invited by clients who lived and worked in Tel Aviv.  We were not married {or engaged} at the time, but we planned to take the trip together.  I was teaching and summer was the PERFECT time to take a long trip. Unfortunately, the cost of my air fare {the only cost out-of-pocket} proved not to be in our budget.  We didn’t make much money at the time and the numbers didn’t seem to add up.  Sadly, I did not go on the trip and Aaron went alone.  {In hindsight, we should have just gone for it!  It was a trip of a lifetime and we were being overly practical, in my opinion.  But that is another post’s topic}.

Lucky for me, Aaron made a wise choice when purchasing something to remember Israel.   He bought hand-painted, ceramic bowls while on a day trip to Jerusalem.  As you can see they are lovingly nicked and stained.  We use them often.  Every time I reach for them I love that they have a story.

The bowls have proven to be the perfect travel treasure.  A beautiful item with practical use.  I have been thinking about what I would like to buy on our trip to Italy.  My list is short at the moment:  a pair of sandals and something for my home.  I read an article over the weekend that touted olive oil and balsamic vinegar as the top souvenirs to bring back from Italy.  That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen!

What have proven to be your FAVORITE travel treasures?

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