10th

Look What I Brought Back: The World’s Strangest Souvenirs


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Forget snow globes and key rings, if you really want to make an impression with your family and friends, try one of these.

We have scoured the globe looking for the world’s most weird, disturbing and downright creepy souvenirs for your viewing pleasure.  Exit through the gift shop, and your worst nightmare may well be on the shelf!

Scorpion Chocolate – China

Woman eating a chocolate scorpion

Image source: Jurvetson

Someone once told me that you should never eat anything with more than four legs. I think they might have been onto something…

On the other hand, maybe I’m missing out? There are many people who say that these fried scorpions served covered in chocolate are delicious! Why not take one home in a bag for mum?

Animal Coffee – Indonesia

Animal digested coffee from Indonesia

Image source: Oliver Hallmann

Don’t freak out, okay?

This is the most expensive and best tasting coffee in the world, so the critics say.

But the catch is, it’s been pooed out by an animal!

Apparently, this just adds to the flavour…

This is all thanks to the Asian palm civets that munch on the beans, which are then altered by the acid in their stomach to create a coffee that is simply divine.

Cane Toad Purse – Australia

Souvenir purses made of toads

Image source: Ewan Roberts

These toads were first introduced to Australia to combat a beetle problem but instead ended up becoming a pest themselves. An unpopular animal, they have come under attack from various angles and are now made into these stunningly attractive handbags.

Take note readers, being a nuisance in Australia can literally make you an accessory to murder…

Get it…?

Gator Head – Florida, USA

Alligator head ornament

Image source: Jennifer Maderazo

Some people have a pretty strange idea of what looks attractive on the mantelpiece. Porcelain dogs and doilies are one thing, but an alligators head – a step too far, surely?

Well, the good people of Florida have these attractive adornments for the bargain price of $6. Why not put some potpourri inside, or use it as an oven mitt, perhaps?

Snake Wine – The Huaxi Night Market – Taipei, Taiwan

Snake Wine Souvenir

Image source: Jorge Lascar

How much would someone have to pay you to take a swig from this bottle? Across South East Asia, it is actually believed that this wine has rejuvenating, healing properties. Anyone who might like to try this will be pleased to know that the venom is neutralised by the ethanol, so there is no actual danger.

Well, why didn’t you say so, I hear you cry, hand me a glass!

Llama Fetuses – The Witches Market – La Paz, Bolivia

Llam fetuses weirdest souvenir ever

Image source: Revolution Ferg.

Many Bolivians believe that burying one of these under the foundations of a new house will protect your home as well as its contents.

Cheaper than a burglar alarm but not as cute as a guard dog, these dried llama fetuses can be found at the Witches Market in La Paz, Bolivia.

Elephant Dung – Natural History Museum – London, UK

Elephant Poo in a Box strange Souvenir from London

Image source: Jo Finley

Whoever thought this up is basically a genius – just goes to show that you can put anything, and I mean, ANYTHING in a box with a shiny label on it and people will buy it.

Why would you want to buy elephant poo? Erm… you can grow roses in it apparently.

Never heard of soil?

A University Degree – Khao San Road – Bangkok, Thailand

Fake degree from Thailand holiday

Image source: Honey Bee

Commonly known as the University of Khao San, this road in Thailand’s capital is the place where you can buy a degree like pick and mix in a sweet shop. Choose your university, choose your subject and there you have it!

Why spend 3 years getting a degree when you can spend three minutes? You’ll just have to hope that no one ever asks you questions about astrophysics or palaeontology.

Bezoar (Gut Stone) – India

Bezoar - a strange souvenir from India

Image source: I Love Butter

Before you pick up a bezour and start giving it a good fondle, read the label!

Coveted by many throughout the Middle East and India, these ‘stones’ are thought to possess healing properties…

And their origin? Oh, they’re just extracted from the stomachs and gall bladders of goats.

Calling all Intrepid Travellers! What’s the Strangest Souvenir You’ve Ever Seen?

We are searching for the tenth most bizarre souvenir. Do you have the answer? If you can top this lot, we’ll be very impressed!

Let us know by leaving a comment, before it’s too late.

Author Gavin Harvey has a passion for travel and this year he’s busy planning his next trip around the world. You can catch up with all of his latest adventures by following him on Twitter.

Monday 10 September 2012 16:11 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Interesting Stuff
31st

Portugal


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Nestled along the Atlantic seaboard, Portugal has the oldest national frontiers in Europe.  Home to a nation of discoverers, Portugal hosts an amazing array of experiences and landscapes, complemented by a rich, authentic and seductive culture. Wherever visitors stay, they will be greeted by a nation that is both friendly and hospitable.

Friday 31 August 2012 11:19 | Published by | Category: Travel News
21st

10% discount. Two days left.


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ONLY UNTIL 23/08/2012

Click on the image, type the code in the booking form and get your 10% discount


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*For reservations effective today until 23/08/2012

*For stays from today until 31/12/2012

*The code is valid for paid bookings made on the web site

Code: 63015

Tuesday 21 August 2012 10:00 | Published by | Category: Travel News
17th

10% discount with Hotelopia


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ONLY UNTIL 23/08/2012

Click on the image, type the code in the booking form and get your 10% discount


Conditions

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*For stays from today until 31/12/2012

Code: 63015

Friday 17 August 2012 12:53 | Published by | Category: Travel News
16th

The end of our Facebook contest


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The prize money of 2000€ has been awarded to our four most recent winners. You can see their names on our Facebook profile.

At this moment our pockets are empty,  but  we are already working on new drawings, discounts, etc. What matters most to us is that you can enjoy the most important time of year – your holidays – and that´s why we put all our efforts and dedication into this work.

We hope that the winners enjoy their prizes. And to the rest of the participants, we would like to say thank you for your participation and we encourage you to follow us on Facebook or through our newsletter.  This way, you´ll be the first to find out about our best discounts, special offers and contests.

Best regards and happy holidays.

The Hotelopia Team.

Monday 16 July 2012 11:01 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia News
04th

Get 10% discount


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ONLY UNTIL 10/06/2012

Click on the image, type the code in the booking form and get your 10% discount

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*For reservations effective today until 10/06/2012

*For stays from today until 31/12/2012

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Code: 62012

Monday 4 June 2012 11:01 | Published by | Category: General Tourism
08th

Celebrate UEFA Euro 2012 with Hotelopia!


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In less than a month, one of the biggest football tournaments – the UEFA Euro 2012 –  kicks off in Poland and the Ukraine.

Hotelopia gives you the opportunity to support your team by booking our great value packages which include match tickets and accommodation.

Your team needs you.  Book now for the qualifying rounds.

Limited availability. When they’re gone, they’re gone!

Celebrate UEFA Euro 2012 with Hotelopia!

Tuesday 8 May 2012 9:46 | Published by | Category: events
28th

ONLY UNTIL 31st MARCH!


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Click on the image, type the code in the booking form and get your 10% discount

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*For reservations effective today until 31/03/2012

*For stays from today until 31/12/2012

*Code valid for reservations made from this email

Code: 042010

Wednesday 28 March 2012 11:25 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Hotelopia Promotions
20th

10% discount on your next booking!


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Remember, the Hotelopia 12% discount code remains active until the 31st March.
Do you already know where you wish to spend your holiday?  Just use the code  042010 on the booking form to get a 10% discount on your stay.

Conditions:
For bookings made between today and 31/03/2012
For stays from now until 31/12/2012

Tuesday 20 March 2012 10:55 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia Promotions
15th

10% discount with Hotelopia


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ONLY UNTIL 31st MARCH!

Click on the image, type the code in the booking form and get your 10% discount

Code: 042010

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Thursday 15 March 2012 16:20 | Published by | Category: Hotelopia Promotions

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