Where to buy Marimekko Fabric in Helsinki

Where to buy Marimekko Fabric in Helsinki

Can you buy Marimekko fabric at good prices in Finland? Let’s continue on the great fabric quest, shall we? When you visit Finland, even fleetingly, you think of Marimekko, a design brand of great longevity and perpetual good taste. Marimekko – a Finnish Design Company…

Holidays Stylish gifts for Travellers 2019

Holidays Stylish gifts for Travellers 2019

Every morning when I drive to work, I hear them now, adverts for Black Friday, mixed in with the first Christmassly chimes! My mother decided to spend Christmas  in Spain and is heading off, which gets me thinking about seasonal gifts, especially gifts for travellers…

Fabric Shopping in Tallinn and St. Petersburg: Looking for Linen and finding Silk

Fabric Shopping in Tallinn and St. Petersburg: Looking for Linen and finding Silk

This almost sounds like it’s too good to be true, right? The Baltic States, Belarus and Russia are linen producers and well known for good quality linen. So, it made sense on my recent trip to St. Petersburg and Tallinn to increase the stash – …

My Morrissey Years and a Saal Digital Photobook review

My Morrissey Years and a Saal Digital Photobook review

Do you print your photos? Make postcards? Books?  I used to, but my efforts in recent years have been pathetic. I am never sure which printing companies print a good quality photo or gift.  Most of my pictures have been languishing on hard drives and…

Small, Obscure and Super Tasty: A Gaillac Organic Winery Tour

Small, Obscure and Super Tasty: A Gaillac Organic Winery Tour

Gaillac is one of the oldest wine regions in France, yet it is little known outside France. But if you like your wine organic, and your organic winery small and fuss-free, an organic winery in Gaillac might be one of the best places to visit.…

In the French Pharmacy: Cruelty-Free Issue

In the French Pharmacy: Cruelty-Free Issue

When in France… buy cosmetics! This was my mantra for years, once I discovered you can buy mid-priced, high-quality body care and cosmetic products all over France even in the tiniest village pharmacy. I think plenty knowledge is out now that France produces some excellent…

What to buy in Andalucia

What to buy in Andalucia

When I travel I  cannot resist a bit of shopping.  I’m in a holiday mood, that money just sits a little bit looser. And I like nice things to remind me of my trip. I even managed to find something in Moldova.  But there is…

The Magic of Lauscha Glass

The Magic of Lauscha Glass

Give me Glass, Give me Glitter, Give me an Eastern German Bauble ! Do you like festive decorations? For us Europeans, Christmas probably marks the peak of  decorating and beautifying our homes. Germany is home to some very beautiful decorations, especially christmas tree baubles: you…

Local Yokel on a Day Trip: A Countryside German Christmas Market

Local Yokel on a Day Trip: A Countryside German Christmas Market

Good Evening! The Second Sunday of Advent has been upon us, and it’s not christmassling here in the normally infectiously festive House of Golightly. Will a German Christmas Market create instant seasonal cheer? All we have in terms of Christmas decoration are some rather dim…

German Gifts that live forever – my Short Sustainable Gift Guide

German Gifts that live forever – my Short Sustainable Gift Guide

As much as I love to bring gifts while travelling,  there are some thing that I have loved for years that are so quintessentially German, that I want to share them here with you. Bring on some Classic German gifts! I followed the example of…

Shopping in Florence: Souvenirs you will actually love

Shopping in Florence: Souvenirs you will actually love

When I recently visited Florence, I had 48 hours, a friends reunion, and travelled with a day pack. Did I have time and room for souvenirs? Oh, yes, of course! Shopping in Florence, or shopping in general, is always part of my travels. As I…

In the Florentine Pharmacy or: How to find a cruelty-free scent

In the Florentine Pharmacy or: How to find a cruelty-free scent

Hallo and Salve, let’s do something completely different today! Let’s go shopping! This blog is mainly about travel although the cats sometimes sneak in, but I do like to buy quality stuff every now and then, and we’re in a cosy round here, so, inspired…

Buying a Caucasian Carpet 101

Buying a Caucasian Carpet 101

When you travel with a backpack and a limited amount of cash, buying a carpet it probably not very high on your list. Of course not! And neither may be shopping. But then, we are past the age of thirty, we have a home that…

Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh…  gifts to bring back from Israel

Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh… gifts to bring back from Israel

Compared to most countries in Europe, including my native Germany, Israel is a rather expensive country. So, would I  find some special Israel souvenirs? Ryanair hand luggage limitations and an already full apartment aside, my shopping sprees where somewhat limited by my 500 EURO budget…

What to buy in Greece: Support Greek Economy!

What to buy in Greece: Support Greek Economy!

Who would want to bring nothing but memories and photos home from holiday? Wouldn’t you just love a little souvenir or two that reminds you of the good times? But then, will you bring it out or use it often enough? My apartment has a…