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Re: Souveniers by intrepid on 17 January 2004 5:32pm
I know it's kind of dumb, but I always take home small rocks. They're free and the airport security people don't view them as a threat, unless you're carrying a concealed slingshot. It helps if you often find yourself in minerally places like the Grand Canyon or Pompeii. I don't take the rocks off of the buildings- at the Acropolis in Athens they have small white marble stones which they use for paving. Your friends won't know the difference.
Little, unidentifiable pieces of buildings which have come off of their own accord are also fair game. Rome was a veritable quarry of souvenirs. Ancient bricks are lying all over the place, and they're relatively lightweight and easy to mark with something hard. When I was walking around Augustus' mausoleum, I found what I think is a piece of brick which came off it. To keep it separate from the other hunks in my collection, I found a fork which had been left on the ground by some of the homeless people who apparently hang around the tomb, and scratched the letter "A" into it.
Another benefit of mining Rome is that, if the ruin wasn't made of brick, there's a good chance it was from that soft volcanic rock which is easy to scratch, provided you have the fork. If a wet blanket spots you and tries to label you a vandal, just point out that the Vandals all left the city in the 5th century. If that doesn't work, then you can pull out the slingshot.
Re: Souveniers by Godfather on 18 January 2004 2:40pm
I used to do that every year with a Giza pyramid block. Used to take one home. Now i've got my own set of Giza pyramids in my back garden :). The Egyptian authorities are still scratching their heads on this one, as to where they've gone. The conspiracy theorists are out in force and believe it's the United States fault, Oil greed, and a Jewish conspiracy. Others say that it was ancient Egyptian mantras (passed down through the centuries by a brotherhood) which were used one night, and caused the pyramids to dissapear.
Re: Souveniers by pfsmalo on 25 January 2004 9:01pm
as I am a collector of t-shirts that is generally the one thing I try to bring back obviously with something written on the shirt that depicts the country or area I am in
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