You Are Here – Bologna

Starbucks You Are Here – Bologna is a mug for the vibrant capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy. The origin of its name can be traced back to the Etruscan word “Bononia,” meaning “settlement of the Boii,” a Celtic tribe that inhabited the area during ancient times. Bologna flourished during the Roman era, known then as Bononia, serving as a crucial hub along the Via Emilia road connecting Rimini to Piacenza.  Throughout the Middle Ages, Bologna rose to prominence as a center of learning and trade, earning the nickname “La Dotta” (the Learned) for its prestigious university, founded in 1088, making it one of the oldest in the world.… Read more

Been There – Beijing

Starbucks Been There – Beijing is a mug for the capital of the People’s Republic of China and one of the world’s largest cities, encompassing an area of approximately 6,500 square miles. With a population exceeding 21 million people, it stands as China’s second-most populous city, serving as a bustling hub of culture, politics, and innovation.
Beijing boasts a rich history dating back over three millennia. Originally known as Ji, it became a prominent city during the Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BCE).… Read more

Discovery Series Ornament – New York City

These were discovered (pun intended) much faster than I expected. As you probably remember, in the case of the previous series of Starbucks collectibles, there was a six-month gap between the release of the mugs and the release of the ornaments. So I was mentally prepared to see the mini mugs from the Discovery series only closer to the end of the year. What was my amazement when I saw the photos of the brand-new Discovery Series Ornament – New York City today.… Read more

Been There – Barranquilla

Starbucks Been There – Barranquilla is a mug for a bustling city with a rich history situated on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia. Its name is believed to originate from the Spanish word “barranco,” meaning ravine or cliff, and “quilla,” a term from the indigenous Muysccubun language, possibly referring to a stone wall. Founded in 1629 by Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, Barranquilla initially served as a port for the transportation of goods, becoming a crucial hub for trade in the region.… Read more

You Are Here – Avignon

Starbucks You Are Here – Avignon is a mug for a city nestled in the sun-kissed Provence region of southeastern France. Avignon holds a significant place in European history. Its name finds its roots in the Celtic tribe of Avii who once inhabited the area. Established as a settlement around the 6th century BCE, Avignon’s strategic location along the Rhône River facilitated its growth into a bustling Roman town known as Avenio. The city witnessed various rulers and conquerors throughout the centuries, from the Romans to the Visigoths and later the Franks.… Read more

Been There – Boracay 2 – Summer Edition 2023

Starbucks Been There – Boracay 2 – Summer Edition 2023 is the fourth and final mug from the last summer batch release. I wonder if there is going to be a new version soon. Let’s keep an eye on that.

Boracay, often hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful islands, is a tropical paradise located in the Philippines. This small island, measuring just under four square miles, is famous for its powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and vibrant marine life.… Read more

Been There – Tokyo

It has been a while since the release of the Japanese mugs, and Starbucks Been There – Tokyo was one of them.

Tokyo, the vibrant capital of Japan, is a bustling metropolis renowned for its modernity, rich history, and cultural heritage. With a population exceeding 13 million people, it stands as one of the most populous cities globally. Originally known as Edo, Tokyo became the official capital in 1868 during the Meiji Restoration, marking a pivotal moment in Japanese history as the country transitioned towards modernization and opened up to the world.… Read more

You Are Here – Rouen

Starbucks You Are Here – Rouen is a mug for a city nestled in the heart of Normandy (France) which boasts a rich tapestry of history woven through its cobblestone streets and towering cathedrals. Its name is believed to have originated from the Gaulish word “Ratumacos,” meaning “ford of the river,” owing to its strategic location on the Seine River. Renowned as the capital of the Duchy of Normandy in the Middle Ages, Rouen witnessed significant events such as the trial and execution of Joan of Arc in 1431, which left an indelible mark on its cultural identity.… Read more

Been There – Cebu 2 – Summer Edition 2023

Starbucks Been There Cebu 2 Summer Edition 2023 is the third mug from last summer’s batch release. Similar to others it has the design of the regular mug outlined in black. Do you see how the Starbucks reusable cup is not red? This tells us that the mug is not a Christmas edition, but rather something else.

Cebu, the bustling province located in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, is a vibrant tapestry of history and culture. It holds a significant place in Philippine history as the site of Ferdinand Magellan’s arrival in 1521, marking the beginning of Spanish colonization in the archipelago.… Read more

Been There – Manila 2 – Summer Edition 2023

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that last summer there were four Philippines mugs released in the scope of a mini sub-series. Starbucks Been There Manila 2 Summer Edition 2023 is one of them.
As you can see from the pictures below, it resembles the regular mug very much, with the only difference being the black outlined design.

Here are some points of interest that can be seen on the sides of the mug:

– The Manila City Hall, an iconic symbol of governance and history, stands proudly in the heart of Manila, Philippines.… Read more

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