Big BenMuch as I would have loved for it to be otherwise, it was simply not realistic for me to bring gifts back from London for all my friends and readers. So, I decided on the next best thing--a London souvenir giveaway! This is a non-sponsored giveaway--all the things in my prize package are bits and bobs I picked up while in London. As it's stuff I picked out, it's the kind of thing I'd love to get when someone comes back from a trip--think exotic candy and foreign fashion magazines. Nothing super touristy, and nothing super spendy, just a few little things to make you feel like you were there with us.

To enter, leave me a comment telling me about the best vacation you've ever been on, or the place you'd most like to go. Same contest rules as usual--extra entries are available for Tweeting or Facebooking the contest, or turning a new reader on to my site. I'll draw the winner in a week. Good luck!


omg me! I am the Ultimate Anglophile!

Hmm... My best vacay was this last year. We were in the Rocky Mts. and we had GIANT MOOSE! right outside our camping cabin. They're BIG! Way bigger than cows. I'm just saying. HUGE! We also saw elk. The sky/clouds are SO BIG! when you are up that high. It's pretty amazing.

I think my favorite is still our trip to Bali - it was very relaxing but had lots of cultural stuff and sightseeing as well as delicious food, too :)

Yay!! Gracie is back!!!!

My favorite vacation was one Steve and I took to the Smoky Mts. We went hiking, stayed in a beautiful cabin, spent hours in a hot tub in 18 degree was just a very blissful time for the two of us. I can't wait to go back.

My favorite vacation was our honeymoon on Kauai. We even ordered room service! I'd love to go to Disneyland. :) Love the trip pics, looks like you both had a wonderful time!

My favorite vacation would have to be the one time I've been to Hawaii. I was amazed that you could see sea turtles and dolphins and moray eels just…swimming everywhere. Like, right outside out hotel! reader-found you through 'noro 1 skein' re: your fab stash at a thrift store last year. As to vacay-I would love to go to Europe again...I went when I was 10 (dad's family lived in Belgium and France), and I always planned to go back...the ex and I were planning on going (even got holiday gifts like Europe on a budget books) but then I was very unceremoniously dumped holidays '97. Haven't had the income since then to fulfill this dream, though am glad that relationship is long gone :D

My favorite vacation is still the time I went with my family to visit my uncle, while he was working in Nairobi. The trip included a three-day jaunt to the Kenya National Wildlife Refuge, where I got to see a real-life lion kill and took a night-time safari! Saw a bunch of eyes glowing in the dark, like straight out of a horror movie. But you wouldn't believe the amount of stars you can see from there at night! It was beautiful, something I'll never forget.

The best vacation I ever had was with my spouse. Technically, we were scouting places to move (Portland mostly) and loving the city. For fun, we took a few days to drive down the coast and meet up with a friend in a small town on the Southern Oregon coast. We fell in love with it and it's the town we now live in and love.

Best vacation ever: totally impromptu trip to San Francisco with BFF and her kids over the summer. One day she texted me and asked if I was up for a roadtrip, and the next day, I was packing my stuff.

Dream vacation: Disneyworld. I've wanted to go ever since I was little, and I really want to take my daughter.

I think my favorite was this last one to Mexico in March for my sister's wedding. We had a great time.

I'm hoping my best vacation ever is this coming weekend when we visit my parents. It is as close as we come to vacation, and it should be beautiful in NC with the leaves changing.

I would love to drop everything and travel to Japan for a month with my husband and almost 8 year old. Imagining unlimited budget, the bullet train, and never ending supply of delicious food......sigh. I subscribe with Fastladder since Bloglines is soon to be no more. Thanks!

I used to work on a cruise ship, so I've been to a lot of amazing places, but my favorite vacation was a family trip that we shared with my mom's best friend and her family: 8 adults (4 parents, 4 grown kids) on a houseboat on Lake Mead. We didn't anchor ourselves correctly at night and ended up "beaching" ourselves and taking on water. We had to escape the boat, huddled on the beach all night as we watched the houseboat fall to its side as the sun rose. It was such a mess, but we laughed a lot.

My dream vacation is to go to Barcelona.

By the way - upon your recommendation, I bought Bondo boots, too. Just got them in the mail yesterday. Wearing them today. They are FAB.

My best trip was to a couple's resort near algonquin park in Ontario. We had such a good time. If I could go anywhere I would go out East, though.

My best vacation was a trip to Ocracoke in the Outer Banks. We kayaked, rode bikes, sat around enjoying doing nothing. It was the best.

As for my dream vacation? I would love to go to Zanzibar. Not only is the name cool, but come on - FREDDIE MERCURY! :) Also? It looks gorgeous.

I really want to do Scotland/Ireland pretty soon. And more of Italy. Still haven't been to Hawaii. I want to go to Powell's, too. That's a vacation destination, right?

i'd like to do the transsiberian railroad....

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