Souvenir Sunday

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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Souvenir Sunday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport

Today is Souvenir Sunday  – the day StuckAtTheAirport.com takes  a look at some of the inexpensive, offbeat and/or locally-themed items you might actually want to purchase when you’re stuck at the airport.

This week’s treat comes from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where I did a bit of cheese tasting at the ‘Say Cheese’ shop and found a cheese grater that doubles as a souvenir windmill.

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AMS WINDMILL CHEESE GRATER

Share your finds: if you spot a cool souvenir at an airport that’s inexpensive, a bit quirky and “of” the city or region, please snap a photo and send it along to StuckatTheAirport.com.

If your item is featured on Souvenir Sunday, we’ll send you a fun travel-themed gift.

Souvenir Sunday: cool hotel key cards

Few hotels actually issue guests real door keys anymore and opt instead for electronic key cards, with magnetic strips on the back.

The face of the key cards often have only the name of the hotel, if that, but some hotels get quite creative with the tiny bit of real estate that guests carry around and look at multiple times during a stay.

Here are two cards I received at hotels in Portland, Oregon that morphed from keys to souvenirs in a snap.

Portland key cards

The one on the left was issued to me at the Hotel Lucia, which has photos by Pulitzer prize-winning photographer and Oregon native David Hume Kennerly in the rooms, the hallways and public areas.

The key card on the right is from the Hotel deLuxe, which has a Golden Age of Hollywood cinema theme.

Both hotels are part of the Provenance Hotels group.

Souvenir Sunday at Daytona International Speedway

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The Rolex 24, the first race to take place at the new-and-improved Daytona International Speedway, finishes up Sunday afternoon and one of the many new amenities race fans are finding at the track are updated gift shops and souvenir kiosks that are “just like the ones you see at airports,” one visitor said.

I spotted this oil-can water bottle for sale (for $14.99) in many of the shops.

Daytoma water bottles

And, while they can’t take home an actual piece of the start/finish line at the speedway, fans can take home a souvenir snapshot of their signature on the line as everyone is allowed to walk on the track before the race.

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