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Here at Kiddieup, we’re huge fans of Gabriele Galimberti. Not only has the photographer elevated the art of couchsurfing, along the way, he’s managed to crank out a body of art projects, books and exhibitions that would make any aspiring artist drool.

Toy Stories is Galimberti’s latest project. Another off-shoot of his travel via couch, he photographed children in each country he visited with some of their favorite playthings. (He also photographed grandmothers with their tried-and-true home cooking.) As with all of Galimberti’s travel-based surveys, the variety of personalities and settings is completely captivating, as are the kids. Consider it armchair travel with a smile.

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