Souvenirs to Bring Home from South of France
Traveling shopping is a slippery business because you easily spend tons of money on questionable things as you want to take a piece of a new country back to your home. Well, the southern part of France is a paradise for all your senses, and those luxury French boutiques, offering you perfumes or jewelry, are not the friendliest thing that might be faced by your bank account. Finally, are you really going to be happy because of that silver necklace when you will come home and find a few the same necklaces that you already brought for yourself from other countries? To avoid such disappointments, here are some tips that you should buy to keep the memories of the southern part of France for a long time.
The soap made in Marseille is one of the most iconic things related to the region of Provence for decades. There is no doubt that you already have seen a little piece of Savon de Marseilles in movies, books, illustrations, and even French postcards, and there is something very nostalgic and romantic about those old-fashioned bars of soap with the whole range of scents of Provence. Marseilles soap has set the benchmark of pure, gentle, and delectable soaps since its creation. Every bar is made from natural ingredients that give natural smell and color also. Even if the company is based in Marseille, you can find this soap all over Provence, so better visit little local markets, so buying soap will be an entirely new experience. Such a souvenir would be very traditional and made from local ingredients. Approximately, you can buy a bar of this soap for 2.50EUR, and you will have a smell of Provence at home for a long time.
The endless fields of lavenders are the second most common image of Provence after the rose wine. There is a reason why Provence is called the fabled lavender capital of the world, so locals love everything with these herbs from lavender sachets, toiletries, soaps to lavender-infused honey, pastries, sweets, and even wine. The sachet of dried lavenders not only will bring the most iconic French smell to your house and will make you relax to have better sleep, but these herbs do work well at keeping mites and moths away from your clothes, so keep a little bunch of them in your closet also. The price of this souvenir can be from 0.50 EUR up to 15EUR depending on quantity, shop, or even place.
At the end of the day, France is a land of delicious food, and there is nothing better than a delicious bite to be bought as a souvenir. The list of options is long, so be careful about the weight of your luggage as you can easily buy too much. Very traditional gourmet souvenirs are jams from berries and apricots or tapenade made from olives or aubergines. Also, look for calisson – candied melons or oranges that have almond icing on top. Basically, you cannot find this dessert anywhere else. Of course, a few bags of madeleines might be a must, but it is barely impossible to resist and not eat them all before your flight home.