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Cuban costume jewelry

They say necessity is the mother of invention and that’s certainly the case in Cuba.  Here are some pieces of costume jewelry I found for sale around Havana last month.  Some were incorporating colorful telephone wire, others what appeared to be plastic zip ties, and the elaborate cuff bracelets were repurposed forks and spoons.  I think my millennial friends call this ...

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Retail Heaven in Japan

  Japan is full of cool things to buy.  Everywhere you travel the stores are beautiful to look at and usually specialize in a single thing or a single style.  Outside Tokyo there are more small retail stores set up in homes along the street.  And everywhere in Japan, the packaging is all important.  Even the smallest item is carefully, ...

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Shopping in Istanbul Bazaar and Spice Market

Rug shopping in Istanbul can be a challenge, or an adventure.  Depends on your attitude.  The bazaar in Istanbul is a dizzying array of rug shops, jewelry stores, pottery stores, virtually everything.                           The Spice Market is much more focussed and smaller in size.  I bought saffron from ...

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Retail Heaven in Japan

Japan is full of cool things to buy.  Everywhere you travel the stores are beautiful to look at and usually specialize in a single thing or a single style.  Outside Tokyo there are more small retail stores set up in homes along the street.  And everywhere in Japan, the packaging is all important.  Even the smallest item is carefully, beautifully ...

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