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Souvenir shopping in Lisbon - Less is more.
The more I travel the pickier I get about what trinkets and souvenirs I bring back home. After 10 years of traveling I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of it. On this most recent trip to Lisbon I didn’t buy much. The best way to spend your money is on food and lodging. I also never have space to carry so much stuff, I like to travel very light. The only things I purchased were these cute little trinkets at a store called Artes & Etc. The handmade tram 28 is simply adorable. It’s such an iconic part of the city that I felt I should bring a piece of that charm back with me. While I was at the store (and at many other stores) I kept seeing statues of different saints. This one is of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of Lisbon. Usually people pray to him when they lose things or when they want to get married. The story goes that Saint Anthony came from a rich family in Lisbon and he would sometimes help the poor girls in town by giving them money for their dowry. I thought it was an interesting story and I do want to get married, so now he is sitting at my desk at work. I think people at the office secretly pray to him, but I wont ever know for sure.
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