Washington Post: A pandemic-era ode to every tourist’s guilty pleasure: The gift shop

Washington Post: A pandemic-era ode to every tourist’s guilty pleasure: The gift shop. “Gift shops are the dessert at the end of any tour, gallery or attraction, sometimes better than the exhibits themselves. Do I want to visit Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum? Of course. But do I want a ‘Masque of the Red Death face mask’ from the Poe House gift shop? Be still my telltale heart — yes! Right now, of course, I can only do one of those things and when it comes to future travels, my outlook is far less sunny than that of Mr. Poe. The evil twins, pandemic and penury, have turned my Bucket List into a Shot Glass List.”

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