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    Monaco: shopping on Sunday Monaco

    by gwened Updated Feb 19, 2015

    The period July 1st to September 16 (some variation on days on different years) the businesses can open on Sundays for 7 consecutive sundays as per law.

    The rest of the time if ok by the UCAM ,union des commerçants et artisans de Monaco. Some do get ok if gear to the more touristic crowd like those around the Casino.

    I would research the stores I really would like to visit and contact them ahead of time. Time is valuable especially when we are traveling. You can do it here even if in French,write in English they will understand you.
    http://www.visitmonaco.com/fr/Contact

    Hope it helps

    What to buy: many as you wish, but more expensive than France

    What to pay: more

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    Heinemann at FRA Airport: water & fabulous goods

    by Trekki Written Oct 8, 2014

    I had meant to write about the fabulous Duty Free & Travel Value shop of company Gebr. Heinemann (SE & Co KG) since some time. But just recently I have realised that, in addition to selling almost any kinds of goods to travellers, they also sell 0,5 litre water boxes for the incredible price of 1 Euro, at least in their shops at Frankfurt Airport! This is fabulous news because the food shops at many airports worldwide, especially my “home” airport Frankfurt, mostly take advantage of the new laws in context to liquids beyond security and with prices for half litre bottles of often more than 4 Euro. This, in my opinion, is close to greed.

    So how did I find out about Heinemann’s fair prices for water bottles? I am ashamed not to have seen this earlier, because I like Heinemann’s shops very much and always buy my preferred cosmetic goods in their shops whenever I fly from Frankfurt. But I must have missed the water packs (Tetra Packs) so far. End of September our tour guide academy trainer has organised a guided tour “behind the scenes” at Frankfurt Airport and at the end of the tour I asked our guide if there are plans to put an end to the greed of the food shops in context to the water prices. She told me about Heinemann’s prices and I was gobsmacked! Sadly we have been out of the security area by that time, so I could not go back and take photos. I called Heinemann’s Corporate Communication and Lara Vitzthum, head of CC, kindly offered me to send photos of their shops and also provided me with more information I wasn’t aware of.

    But first to the shops: Heinemann has several shops at Frankfurt airport, in both terminals and their different parts. They are called Heinemann Duty Free & Travel Value and are very easy to find. I like the airy and light atmosphere: the goods are nicely presented, no knickknack, which makes it very easy to find the preferred brands and products. And if one does not find a product quickly, staff is very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. I mostly buy my favourite EdT and some “secret” cosmetics, but other than this, the product groups are manifold: wines, spirits, champagne, confectionary and delicacies, tobacco (with prices for Schengen and non-Schengen countries) and varying fashion and accessories, toys and souvenirs. The latter vary depending on the season or the region of the respective airports. Currently, during Munich’s Oktoberfest weeks, they have “Heinemann Oktoberfest” at Frankfurt and Hamburg airports where high quality fashion and accessories can be purchased. From what I could see, all the regular and special goods are of high quality.

    What I found especially interesting is the newly established Home Delivery Service: anyone with – so far – German home address and flying within EU (flight number/booking provided) can order goods through their webshop. The goods are limited to three pieces per article of perfume and cosmetics and 24 bottles of spirits; sweets and fine foods are unlimited. Or one can order online and pick up the goods at the desired shop in the airport, on departure or arrival.
    Another interesting offer is the Heinemann & Me system: it is based on a customer card system and offers many discounts at car rentals, upgrades at hotels and free hot drinks at several of the food & drink stores at the airport, e.g. “Italissimo” (mental note to self: apply for the card next time I am flying).
    In addition to these very innovative concepts and ideas for travellers I also like their customer service attitude: some time ago, my favourite EdT had some problems with its nozzle. It just did not work anymore. I called Heinemann’s customer service hotline and only wanted to know if they could provide me with a return address of the supplier. But ... the nice lady told me that Heinemann will take care of it and exchange the EdT for free. Kudos to this! [At the end I didn’t need to exchange it because I called the supplier and their customer service lady told me how to repair it].

    But when I did my research for this review, and also with the help of the information material, Lara Vitzthum sent me, I understood why Heinemann is so successful: they are a family run business, based in Hamburg with the ethical codes of old Hanseatic tradition. They started back in 1879 and have expanded since with retail and distribution of goods for the travel business. This includes ships, cruises and ferries, airports, airlines, border shops and many more. And staying in their core business, they expand with innovation in the modern technology world rather than into other businesses.
    On their Facebook page they give updates about current discounts and events and many more.

    And they sell water to thirsty travellers for a reasonable price.....Thank you especially for this!

    © Ingrid D., October 2014, photos © Heinemann

    Courtesy of Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co KG Courtesy of Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co KG Courtesy of Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co KG Courtesy of Gebr. Heinemann SE & Co KG
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    BBC shop, London: Y is for YES, YES YES, they've got it !

    by sourbugger Updated Mar 22, 2014

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    Get all your BBC favourites here...

    If you are a fan of BBC series, then you can find the most extensive range of Books, Videos, Tapes, DVD's and every other format in the two BBC shops in London.

    You can find many of the more popular titles in any high-street retailer like WH Smith or HMV or Virgin, but you will find a much greater range in these specialist shops, and staff with excellent product knowledge of the more obsure programmes.

    They also do a full range of boxed sets, so if anybody want to buy me a set of 'Fawlty Towers' video for providing all these tips on London, then feel free !

    UPDATE 2014 ; Appears, that the BBC only has a small London shop in broadcasting house but half a dozen shops in regional cities in England.

    What to buy: The list is endless - but here is my top ten of BBC Comedy greats in no particular order :

    Monty Python's Flying Circus
    Fawlty Towers
    The Goodies
    Blackadder
    Only Fools and Horses
    The Good Life
    Yes Minister
    The League of Gentleman
    The Royale Family
    The Office

    Bush house..nation shall speak unto nation

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    Global Blue: shopping tax refund blue

    by gwened Written Aug 24, 2012

    you get it after a min purchase in Paris is 175€ at the store. You also showing your passport can get 10% discount at galerie lafayette.

    this is a site that explaines the process well

    http://www.global-blue.com/

    hope it helps

    What to buy: all and get tax refunds

    What to pay: better prices in luxury items

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    Drosselgasse: Renowned Shopping Streets: Ruedesheim

    by Maryimelda Written Jun 5, 2012

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    Possibly Ruedesheim's greatest claim to fame, the Drosselgasse is a wonderful little (and I mean little) street which was originally used as a pathway for the fishermen and other sailors on the Rhine to move between the river and their homes or other destinations in the area.

    It is extremely popular as a tourist destination and the throngs can be seen there at any given time. I was lucky to call in at a time when there weren't as many people as I was expecting to find, but I could easily understand why this little shopping street is so very popular with visitors.
    It is full of that wonderful charm that is exclusive to Germany.

    What to buy: Here you will find lots of great little shops selling clothes, bags, souvenirs and all manner and means of local craft. It is also chock full of great cafes, bars, beerhalls and the like. And the oom-pah-pah music in the street is a delight to hear.

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    Magee's of Donegal Town: Old fashioned service

    by Maryimelda Written May 6, 2012

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    I love to go to Donegal Town to shop. The atmosphere is so amazing there. Probably the most renowned shop in the town is Magees right in The Diamond. Magees is famous for its beautiful Donegal Tweed clothing and accessories, not to mention Irish Linen, Waterford crystal and a wonderful restaurant as well. The Donegal Tweed is still woven on the premises to a small extent. The original loom is still in working order. My two friends bought quite a few items of clothing at Magee's the last time I was there and whilst they waited for their alterations to be completed, the sales clerk took us out to the tiny museum where the loom is housed and fired it up to show us how it's done. What a treat that was.

    Magee's Old Loom in action
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    AUSTRIA: Designer Outlet Parndorf: Shop till you drop !

    by globetrott Updated Apr 21, 2011

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    There is no ovious reason to go to Parndorf EXCEPT for the Designer-Outlet !
    Shopping is the one and only thing you can do in the Designeroutlet Parndorf : the old village of Parndorf is in a distance of 2-3 km, and it even has a seperate exit on the highway. The shops in the Designeroutlet are in a wide row of houses and I guess you need at least 1 hour to pass by all of these shops and taking a look at just the first offers that you can see through the windows.
    You will not only find fashion-shops but also luggage like Samsonite etc. you will find photo- and computershops like Niedermayer and even Beate Uhse ( everybody in Austria knows what kind of a shop that is, and for the others I am NOT going to explain...)
    In the designeroutlet Parndorf you will find
    150 different shops with more than 600 different lables
    it is open daily except sundays and holidays !!
    Monday till Friday : 09.30a.m. till 07.00p.m.
    saturdays from 09.00a.m. till 06.00p.m. !
    _______________________________
    Every Friday and Saturday there is
    a BUS from Vienna to the Designer Outlet!

    What to buy: Dont expect to get the lastest fashion for those special prices ! In most of the shops you can read it clearly already in the window : all of these goods are from previous seasons, and / or some of the items may have some minor errors or mis-constructions etc.
    On the other hand you will find a really big choice of goods, an almost empty shop during ordinary weekdays and you will get all the help and attention when choosing your merchandise.

    What to pay: They say its 30% less...

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    Kröver Nacktarsch: GERMANY > Mosel-wine Kröver Nacktarsch

    by globetrott Updated Apr 21, 2011

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    Kröv is a small village in the Mosel-valley between Berncastle-Kues and Koblenz and it is famous for its great wine.

    What to buy: Nacktarsch is the name of it's most famous wine .
    That is quite an unsusual name for a wine
    (= n@cked @ss in english ) and it might make a funny souvenir for your friends at home

    More infos about Kröv and the Nacktarsch are on my Kröv-page.

    What to pay: About 3 Euros for a bottle Nacktarsch 2002

    Nacktarsch means n@cked @ss
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    Rothenburg - Käthe Wolfahrts Weihnachtsdorf: Christmas-shopping all over the year

    by globetrott Updated Apr 21, 2011

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    Käthe Wohlfahrts Weihnachtsdorf in Rothenburg ob der Tauber / Germany is one of the very few places in Europe, where you may buy Christmas-decorations ALL year long !!

    What to buy: Its a place for all those, you need some X-mas-feeling not only a few days during the year, and mostly you will see just japanese and American tourists there, who cannot get such typical german handcraf-articles in their own homecountries.

    What to pay: Prices are a bit higher maybe that in other places - but There they are available only for a few weeks before X-mas.

    X-mas shopping in Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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    Freeport: AUSTRIA / CZECHIA - Designer Outlets for men

    by globetrott Updated Apr 21, 2011

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    below you will find a list of all the designer outlets especially for men - and also a link to the web-page of Freeport.

    There are many restaurants and cafes as well in the large freeport-hall.

    Freeport is open daily 10.00a.m. - 09.00 p.m. !!

    Click here for a map by www.multimap.com

    What to buy: Designer Outlets for men :
    Brubaker - Calvin Klein - Chevignon - Corso Italia - Diesel - Glenfield - Jackpot & Cottonfield - Jerem - KARA Trutnov - Kenvelo - Lacoste - Lee Cooper - Levi's Dockers - Licona - Mandarina Duck - Mexx - OP Profashion - Pepe jeans - San Siro - Sarar - Time Out - Tommy Hilfinger

    What to pay: You better check on their web-page below !

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    Freeport: AUSTRIA / CZECHIA - Designer Outlets for Ladies

    by globetrott Updated Apr 21, 2011

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    I am not very familiar with these kinds of shops, but I often saw questions about them in the VT-forum and therefore I post this tip here.
    Freeport is the biggest such "Designer Outlet " in Austria

    On my pic : another lamp in Excalibur city...
    ...there is a proverb in latin saying "Ad gustibus non est dispudandum" - you cannot discuss about good taste ;-))

    ....BUT maybe the lamp fits well to the outlet, as many of the ladies might feel like in "shopping-heaven"

    Click here for a map by www.multimap.com

    What to buy: For Ladies :
    Alberta feretti - Calvin Klein - Chevignon - Claire DK - Colloseum - Corso Italia - Diesel - Glenfield - Jackpot&Cottonfield - Jean Paul Gaultier - KARA Trutnov - Kenvelo - Lacoste - Lee Cooper - Levi's Dockers - Mandarina Duck - Marella - Marina Rinaldi - Max Mara - Mexx - Moschino - Narciso Rodriguez - OP Profashion - Pep jeans - Philosophy of Alberta feretti - Pollini - Sinequanone - Time out - Tommy Hilfinger - Velmar - Wolford

    What to pay: reductions are up to -50%

    the lady in shopping-heaven...
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    Christmas Markets: Music, Lights, Gluhwein

    by Maryimelda Updated Apr 10, 2011

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    In many cities and towns in Europe, the Christmas Markets are held. This is a wonderfully festive time in all of these places and the markets range from grand to petite, but no matter what the size of the market, this is Christmas shopping at its very best.
    Many town squares are filled with gift booths which are colourfully decorated and ablaze with Christmas Lights and every imaginable kind of Christmas gift can be found along with music, entertainment and in some places, gluhwein by the bucketful.
    It's a cold time of the year for travelling, especially for those of us from the antipodes, but the weather quitesimply matters not. The festive air and Christmas spirit takes over from the moment you see your first Christmas Market.

    What to buy: Christmas goodies of all kinds.

    What to pay: You'll find something that fits your budget.

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    Getriedegasse: Renowned Shopping Streets: Salzburg

    by Maryimelda Updated Apr 10, 2011

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    This is a whole street of wonderful shops of all kinds that will delight and enchant you. Situated in the middle of the pedestrian zone in the Old Town, Getriedegasse is a wonderful street to stroll even when the shops are closed.

    What to buy: You name it, you will find it in Getriedegasse

    What to pay: Beware of the prices for souvenirs here however, the same item will probably be much cheaper in one of the squares.

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    Mykonos Town: Have you ever shopped in a maze?

    by Maryimelda Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Probably one of the most delightful shopping areas I have ever experienced is the town centre on Mykonos. This is a maze of little shops, restaurants, clubs, bars etc. that has to be seen to be believed. Apart from the inevitable souvenir shops there are a huge number of top class jewellery shops specialising in gold jewellery of the highest quality and price. You can happily get lost in the maze of lanes and alleys here , but fear not, you will find your way out eventually and I found it a fabulous experience being lost amongst all this colour, hype and excitement.

    What to buy: Jewellery, clothing, souvenirs, music, food, drink and ice cream!!

    What to pay: Astronomical prices for most of the gold jewellery, but I didn't find anything else any more expensive than in other parts of Greece.

    Here you enter the maze Gold, gold and more gold! Lost and loving it. Lanes and alleys everywhere Stairs to upstairs residence.
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    Ryder & Amies: U is for University of Cambridge stuff

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Important store for confidence tricksters.

    Ryder and Amies bills itself as "Tie, scraf & Robe makers. University , Clerical & legal outfitters"

    Many shops sell 'general' university merchandise with Cambridge university symbols adorning t-shirts, caps, sweatshirts and the like. These items are very popular with visitors.

    If you are looking for something a bit more exclusive, then this store sells the individual ties of each of the colleges.

    I was rather surprised to learn that these are available to everyone. So if you need to pass yourself off as a 'Cambridge Old boy' then this is your place. I don't think, however, that it cuts the ice it once did in the Boardroom and you always run the risk of running into the real thing.

    'cawse i went ter cambrid, innit ?

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