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Traditional London Bus Souvenir

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London Bus Souvenir
London Bus Souvenir

Traditional London souvenirs vary but the most popular is the London Bus. It is considered one of the principal icons of London. These are typically red, double deck buses in which the customers enter on the back. Despite the fact that these Routemaster buses have been phased out there are a couple that still run routes. This makes them a fantastic symbol of traditional London.

It is said that buses have been used in London since the year of 1829. Yes, 1829! This was back when a man named George Shillibeer began operating an omnibus that was drawn by horses. Due to such rich history many people bring traditional souvenirs home in the shape of these historic buses.

Travel the United Kingdom and have fish and chips. Don’t forget to bring home wonderful souvenirs to your friends and family. If not traditional bus souvenirs there are thousands of different types of traditional souvenirs; whether it is a simple London key ring or a mug.

Find traditional London guardsman bears, cuff links, pens, and t shirts. There is never an ending for the amounts of souvenirs you can get from London. Make your home feel like your home country and don’t over spend. Or if you have a particular obsession with London that could work, too.

The best traditional Christmas ornament is a blown glass London bus. Celebrate the holidays the British way by decorating your tree. There are traditional ornaments in the shape of the double deck buses. Or maybe purchase a beefeater, also known as the Yeaman Warders. These people are known as King Henry VIII’s bodyguards.

With so many options for ornaments you never run out of ideas for traditional tree ornaments. Want to find something cute for your kids? There are teddy bear ornaments in different colours. With such a variety it is enough to make everyone happy–even those co workers you don’t necessarily like but have to get a gift for anyway!

Traditional souvenirs are a great way to show and share your heritage with other people. Explore the world and never forget to bring back fantastic treasures to remember all of the beautiful sights that were seen. It doesn’t matter whether you want to bring home ornaments or dolls there is always something for someone. Can’t think of something to get them? Give it a look around the souvenir shops to see what seems like the best for your gift receiver!

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Traditional London Bus
Traditional London Bus

Traditional Scottish Sgian Dubh


Scottish Sgian Dubh

Traditional souvenirs are great to bring home and remember all of the joys you experienced in another country. For those that want something to remember from their travels the Sgian Dubh would be a fantastic traditional souvenir. What is a Sgian Dubh? This is a black knife that is traditionally used in Scotland.

Sgian dubh is spelled in many different ways but it is pronounced one way. This is “skeen doo” phonetically. Sgian means dagger and dubh means black in Gaelic. There are two different theories about what the black part of the name truly means. Some believe that it is as simple as the average colour used for the handle, but some other feel that it has to do with how it is “secret” or “hidden”.

It is believed that this traditional dagger had eventually evolved from what is called an armpit dagger. That is a knife that was a bit larger in size than the traditional sgian dubh. It is rumoured that these were not only kept in a pocket under the man’s armpit but a Scottish woman would actually carry these types of knives under her skirt with her purse also.

There is another theory that this knife evolved from a knife kept in a set used for skinning. There have been sets like this found before. These sets were kept by the “ghillie” which means “boy” in Gaelic. He was considered a serving boy as the hunters would not do such a considerably “menial” job. These hunters were typically in the upper class so they could do this.

There is a vast history when it comes to this fantastic little dagger. The handles were made out of horn and brass in the beginning by Scottish smiths. These were a crude version of what they are now. Eventually they started becoming made with ivory and ebony. The design became more artistic and more particular, also.

This traditional weapon has a lot of legends attached to it. For example, the stone that is often in its pommel is weighed to provide a proper balance for throwing. This of course is untrue. Another one is that it should not be drawn for purposes that mean next to nothing and “must taste blood” before it can be put away again.

To purchase a traditional sgian dubh it may be best to get it from Scotland or even find one that is made in the states as these are where the best ones are made.