minimalism + souvenirs

Hello, from Reykjavik! Every time we're in a new city - especially one we are unlikely to ever visit again - I like to get a little something to remember it by. Souvenirs are a special part of traveling, but they are tricky to combine with minimalist sentiment.

My rule of thumb is to get one thing from each of our adventures abroad, but to keep it simple, following this quote from author, William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” 

Usually this means a small kitchenware, like a tea cup. In 2014 when we were in Copenhagen (our first family trip with all three kids, during the glory days of free flights for the under-two crowd), I discovered Royal Copenhagen china, which is known world wide, but particularly in Denmark, where the royal family still gives their stamp of approval on every design. Each piece of china was way beyond our strict budget, but I found this tea cup and small plate (they're not actually matching, so it's not a saucer) for $20 and I was over the moon! 

I have a tea cup from Amsterdam, and I got a tea trivet from Stockholm. I didn't get anything while we were in Siena and Florence, sadly. While I'm here in Iceland, I'll be looking for something small, simple, useful, and beautiful to remember our time here. Can't wait to show you what I've found. xo

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