Monday, February 14, 2011

a unique candle holder

When we were wandering the cave markets in the Netherlands I was really drawn to this display of candle holders.  It was in a dark corner and the warm orange tones of the candles made for a nice atmosphere. 


What I didn't realize until we got closer was that they are made of big blocks of salt.  Yep. SALT.  So cool.  (And just in case you were wondering, which you were, I did touch one and lick my finger just to be sure they weren't lying.  Gross, but effective.) 

They told us some nonsense about how they cleaned the air or released something important that you should breathe or something - which I didn't buy.  What we did buy, however, was one of these candle holders.   They were make such a nice light and we really fell in love with them.  I can't remember how much it cost, but it wasn't that expensive and it was worth every penny. 


What we didn't love about it was the fact that it weighed a ton and Bear we had to carry that thing for three days.  Ah, well.  It's safe at home now. 

I love finding strange little treasures in the nooks and crannies of the world.

What is the most unique thing you've found on your travels?

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11 comments:

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

NEVER would have guessed salt! How unusual! I wonder why it's so heavy ...

jen said...

It's been a long time since I traveled, really traveled. But on our trip to Spain and Morocco two years ago, I was in Carrefour (ah, how I love Carrefour!), and I found the exact pair of . . . wait for it . . . boots I'd been drooling over in a catalog for the last year.
How can you resist buying boots you find in Carrefour in Spain? Boots you've been wanting for over a year? How can you resist the pull of kismet?
You don't.
I sport them proudly. Someday I should blog about all my boots. . . . I have almost as many as I do kids!

Serline said...

Nothing pops into my mind immediately, but let me check with my hubby. After all, he footed the bills, so he might have some souvenirs to whine about ;-P Happy Valentine's!

Y. Ikeda said...

This looks beautiful, this sounds interesting, and you did a good find!
Thanks for sharing and commenting on my blog.
Have a nice Valentine's Day.
Yoshi

Los said...

I really got attached to Babushkas that were being sold in the Ukraine when I was over there ... and I have no idea why ...

Barry said...

Probably a salt candle holder - still unlit :-) Lovely pictures, as always.

Mrs.Mayhem said...

The orangish yellow light of those candles is very striking. No wonder you needed to purchase one!

I don't know that I've bought anything unusual while traveling. But 8 years ago, I did buy a Scottish scarf and I still use it every day of every winter.So that would have to be my favorite purchase.

Stef said...

Well, I don't travel too much. But probably the most important thing I ever got was probably pregnant. Sad, but true.
Hubs and I need to travel a little more. Sigh. Someday!

Jenners said...

I love that photo. I could see why you would be drawn to it. And I love that you had to go and taste it to see if they were lying! : )

(Florida) Girl said...

Cool. I long to travel.

myorii said...

Hmm, salt candles...I definitely would never have guessed that one! They do look amazing though so I can understand why you'd want to buy one to bring home. Sucks that they weigh a lot but they're worth the hassle though, right?

As for me, you know, I don't even remember what we buy on our travels anymore. I'm sure we brought home interesting trinkets before but these days, they're probably somewhere in storage :(

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