Souvenirs

Oakland Int’l Airport gets a souvenir vending machine

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I became a big fan of the folks at SouveNEAR back in 2014 when they began installing vending machines at Kansas City International Airport to sell very reasonably-priced jewelry, original art, small-batch hand-printed T-shirts and a wide array of travel-sized mementos by Kansas City-based artists and makers.

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Now the company has added 3 art-filled SouveNEAR vending machines at Oakland International Airport : by Gate 7 in Terminal 1 and by Gates 24 and 28 in Terminal 2.

SouveNEAR’s Oakland collection includes bottle cap magnets, flour sack dish towels, jewelry, t-shirts, notecards and more.

Here’s what I’d buy from the machine if I was passing through…

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Airbus souvenirs from the Toulouse Airport

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I traveled to Toulouse, France earlier this month to tour the Airbus factory and cover the delivery of the company’s 10,000th aircraft: an  A350-900 that went to Singapore Airlines adorned with a special decal.

On the way home, I spent some time in the Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, where at least one shop had a corner devoted to Airbus-branded souvenirs and this adorable airplane mobile.

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KLM’s 97th miniature Delftware House

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I had the great pleasure of being on-site in Rotterdam for the unveiling of KLM’s newest – and 97th – Delftware miniature house: a likeness of the Hotel New York.

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The hotel occupies the former headquarters of the Holland American Line and for many years, beginning in 1872, the company’s ships sailed between Rotterdam and New York and several other U.S. cities.

You can read my story about the big “reveal” – and KLM’s tradition of gifting these gin-filled tiny houses to business class passengers, on USA TODAY, but in the meantime, here’s a photo of miniature house #95- a likeness of the Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam.

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Souvenir Sunday at Kentucky’s Blue Grass Airport

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It’s Souvenir Sunday at StuckatTheAirport.com, a day for celebrating some of the fun, locally-themed, inexpensive items you can find in gift shops at airports.

This week’s treats come from Lexington, Kentucky’s Blue Grass Airport, where passengers are invited to step into the “Big Lex Photo Frame” and pose for a unique “I am here” photo.

Blue Grass Airport is in horse country, so travelers who poke around the gift shops will find plenty of horse-related souvenirs. Among the most popular: these horse-shaped lollipops and note pads made with horse poo.

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