January 29, 2018

Souvenir Birds

I've never been much of a collector. And as I get older, I'm much more into downsizing. The one exception is the diverse flock of birds that has come to roost in my living room and it gets larger each time I travel. I never set out to create this avian collection but after a few years, I began to notice a pattern in my choice of souvenir.

My collection got started with a piece of pottery bought in Mexico back in the 1970's.

Pottery Bird from Guadalajara, Mexico

Two additions followed a trip to Scandinavia in the 80's: a wooden bird from Finland and a smaller crystal one from Sweden.

Wooden Bird from Helsinki, Finland

Crystal Bird from Stockholm, Sweden

In the 90's I added this piece from the west coast of Canada to my growing collection.

Pottery Bird from Victoria, British Columbia

More recently, this little chicken followed me home from the medieval town of Aigues-Mortes in southern France.

Pottery Chicken from the Camargue, France

Aigues-Mortes, France

I searched the island of Capri for a colourful representative from the country of Italy.

Ceramic Bird from Capri, Italy

The Island of Capri

And while touring England I captured this little fellow in the town of St. Mawes on the rugged coast of Cornwall.

Ceramic Bird from Cornwall, England 

St. Mawes, Cornwall

Do you collect any special souvenirs while travelling?


  1. I have fish and shells. And lately I have bought small ceramic houses. As if I need more stuff.

    1. But looking at these things and remembering our travels make us happy, doesn't it?


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