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    Le Carre D'Or: Renowned Shopping Streets: Strasbourg

    by Maryimelda Updated Apr 3, 2011

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    This is a street full of high end shops and boutiques which is an absolute pleasure to stroll through. Like me, you may not be able to afford anything you see, but there's no harm in looking, is there?
    The area is also well known for its Marche de Noel or Christmas Markets and is situated not far from the Cathedral precinct.

    Read more: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d7596/153dd/c/#ixzz1IXAy7NpX

    What to buy: Anything you may have your heart set on will probably be available here.

    What to pay: A little or a lot.

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    Ave des Champs-Elysees: Renowned Shopping Streets: Paris

    by Maryimelda Written Apr 3, 2011

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    When we think of high end shopping in Paris, we might automatically think of the Ave des Champs-Elysees, which has long been known for its Haute Couture shops. This is where you would normally find high fashion, jewellery, accessories and more besides. This is still the case, but some of the well known stores have relocated to other high end areas and have been replaces by some wonderful restaurants, cafes, banks and fast food chains. It is still a wonderful street to wander and if you don't feel like spending a lot, you could always pop into Monoprix and pick up something more affordable and still tell your friends in all honesty, that you bought it on the Ave des Champs Elysees. A big drawcard on the avenue these days is the humongous Virgin Megastore.
    When you have shopped out the avenue why not continue on to the Blvd. Haussman, which is not too far away and spend the rest of your shopping time and cash allocation in Galleries Lafayette or Au Printemps and the like.

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    Benediktiner Seifenmanufaktur & Salzkontor: Probably my favourite shop in Europe

    by Maryimelda Updated Feb 8, 2011

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    I couldn't do an overview of shopping tips in Europe without including this one in the World Heritage town of Hallstatt, Austria. It is a particular favourite of mine mainly because I have never seen anything quite like it.

    There aren't words to describe this shop. Just enlarge the pics and see for yourself. The shop sells mainly gifts which have been made by and large from local salt. It is unbelievable.

    What to buy: There are soaps and candles and some very interesting salt blends for use in the kitchen. I bought some salad salt which was the lovely pink salt crystals mixed with various herbs and prettily wrapped in cellophone with a bow. It makes an unusual and attractive gift.

    What to pay: I paid a meagre 3.90 euro for my salad salt.

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    PADDINGTON BEAR(S)

    by DAO Written Jan 5, 2011

    What to buy:

    PLEASE TAKE OF THIS BEAR.

    That’s the label each of these bears comes with. Do I look like a Zoo Keeper or some sort of wildlife foster parent? A toy for children that begs is absolutely wrong in my humble opinion. In fact ‘Paddy’ isn’t just asking for some spare change. He is asking to be housed, cloth, fed and educated to University level. Yeah, just throw in a car at the appropriate age, telephone bills and the high cost of honey. Disgusting!

    You can find this little anti-social outcast at – you guessed it – shops in Paddington Station (Tube and Train). I really think I need to ask. If his Mum didn’t want him, do you really want an anti-social bear cub that will grow to 1.5 to 1.8 meters (% to 6 ft) tall and weigh 130 – 200 kilograms (286 – 440 lb) in your house? And you think human teenagers throw fits. Wait until you see damage on a Biblical scale in your house in a few years.

    Then there is the whole immigration issue. Paddy here is from Peru with NO DOCUMENTS! Passport? Immunization. So if your neighbours report you to the authorities you will be harbouring an under-age illegal immigrant with possible contagious skin issues. Not good. In fact you will need a very expensive solicitor.

    By the way the pictures are of one I bought at Paddington. And promptly shipped off to a niece with a bigger house and an ex-Sister-in-Law I hate. Let her clean up the bear poop in one of her 2 living rooms.

    If you still want one, follow the link below.

    You were warned.

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    Kaethe Wohlfahrt: The Queen of Christmas Presents

    by Maryimelda Updated Dec 16, 2010

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    The Kaethe Wohlfahrt story is delightful. It tells of the serendipitous beginnings of one of the most famous Christmas merchandising empires in Europe. Please take the time to go to the website below and read all about it. You will be fascinated, I am sure.

    The KW stores are famous first and foremost in Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, the home of the fabulous KW Christmas Mueseum, but there are many branches to be found in several European cities and they not only sell Christmas items , but also a huge and fantastic range of dolls and toys. If you're shopping for the grandchildren, you can't go past a KW store.

    Stores can be found in Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Bamberg, Oberammergau, Garmisch-Partinkirchen, Riquewihr FR, Bruges, Ruedesheim and Heidelberg.

    What to buy: Every shop is fairyland and some of the dolls are almost lifelike with beautiful big eyes that will take your breath away, they seem so real.

    What to pay: A little or a lot. It's up to you.

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    Merkur, Zermatt, Switzerland: Europe's best chocolate shop

    by Maryimelda Written Jul 22, 2010

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    This is a chocoholics paradise. The front window is full of huge slabs of all different varieties of Swiss chocolate, it has to be seen to be believed. Inside it just gets better with hundreds of hand made chocolates and truffles to choose from. I apologise for the second photo as it was taken through glass and this doesn't always work for me., but enlarge it and you will get the general idea of what I like about this shop.

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    Galleries Lafayette, France: Department Store extraordinaire.....

    by Maryimelda Written Jul 22, 2010

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    The design of the main Paris store in Blvd Hausmann quite simply defies description. You have to see it to believe it. This, added to the finest stock of designer items available anywhere in the world, with a number of first class eateries, a stunning food hall and a rooftop viewing area with views all over Paris thrown in for good measure, makes Galleries Lafayette a shopaholic's dream. Even if you can't afford to buy anything, you can't not visit this store, though I dare you to walk through the food hall and not scrape together the money for a maccaroon or the like.

    What to buy: You name it, you will find it here.

    What to pay: Lots or nothing if you are strong enough to just walk through and look.

    Looking down to the main floor Domed roof View from the top And the opposite direction
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    Belleek Visitor's Centre: For lovers of fine china

    by Maryimelda Updated Jul 22, 2010

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    The Belleek Visitor's Centre is situated in Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland right on the border with the Republic. The centre is beautifully appointed and for lovers of fine china, it is an Alladin's Cave. The Centre comprises a Museum, Video theatre, Restaurant and Showroom.
    A tour is highly recommended to really get to know the wonderful history and the manufacturing process of what is to me, the most beautiful fine parian china available. I'm biased of course, as I am a collector of Belleeek, so suffice to say that I head up there every chance I get when I am in Ireland. I never tire of it and always leave with a bag or two under my arm.

    Tours: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 12.15pm and 1.45pm - 4.00pm. Tours every half hour. Please note that the last tour on Fridays is at 3.00pm.
    There are no tours available on Saturday or Sunday

    What to buy: The range of china available will boggle you. It is the most tastefully designed showroom, which has the WOW factor in spades. Shipping is available to all parts of the world, if you can afford it. The service is efficient and usually your parcel will beat you home.

    Do stop by the restaurant for a cup of tea/coffee and a snack before you leave. Served in Belleek china of course.

    What to pay: The sky is the limit!

    Classic Belleek
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    C & A: Could you use another sweater or some more socks

    by Maryimelda Updated Jul 19, 2010

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    C & A would have to be just about the biggest department store chain in Europe. They have over 1200 stores all over the Continent from Russia to Turkey to France, Portugal and their home base Germany, as well as every place in between. This is where you go if you find you need another jacket or some more socks or undies. It is good apparel for all in all sizes and at reasonable prices.

    What to buy: Any sort of clothing and accessories.

    What to pay: All lines are at affordable prices.

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    Ugg Boots

    by Autumn9 Updated Feb 8, 2010

    Thanks all for responses. Yes, I have done a bit of research on the fakes - when I searched for retailers in Cologne, I got side-tracked into the sites about fakes.

    There are a few sites that list the things to watch out for. I already own a pair of original Uggs and so was able to check out the features. A couple of things I didn't know were: Deckers, an American company and not an Australian company, own Ugg Australia; if the boots say 'made in Australia' they are fake (unless really old stock) as Deckers now manufacture them in China; there are aspects about the logo - white lettering on black when it is a black pair is correct as is the overlapping letters; the font size and where the label and 'R' for the registered trademark is placed is also something to look out for; the fakes have a smell of laquer - used in the dye for the synthetic fur lining; the blue or brown label attached with a piece of fur - looking like attention to detail but not what Deckers do.

    I suppose a fake pair at a reduced price is fine, if that is what you want but I imagine the boot doesn't have the thermal qualities of the original. I do worry about all those sheep being used for this fashion item though - I also own a fabric pair!

    Autumn9

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    The Euro: How & where you can use the Euro

    by deeper_blue Updated Aug 2, 2008

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    The following countries accept the Euro
    Andorra
    Austria
    Belgium
    Cyprus
    Eire
    Estonia
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Greece
    Italy
    Luxembourg
    Malta
    Monaco
    Montenegro
    Netherlands
    Portugal
    San Marino
    Slovenia
    Spain
    Vatican

    What to buy: Not all countries in the EU use it, the exceptions being Eastern Europe aswell as the United Kingdom, Sweden and Denmark. Montenegro (ex Yugoslavia) uses it even though it's not part of the EU, strange!

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    EVERY SHOP IN VENICE: CARNEVALE MASKS

    by DAO Written Mar 7, 2008

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    Carnevale, or Carnival is a pre-Lent celebration. In Venice the traditional grew around paper mache masks and escalated over the centuries to some amazingly ornate decorations. The city of Venice is absolutely filled with shops selling them at every turn. Quality ones that you could use yourself can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. I recommended cheaper versions if you can 1) get them home safely and 2) they are just going to hang on a wall. You can get some great looking ones for $20-$30 if you shop around. Do not buy in the first place you look. There will be a better looking one slightly cheaper at the next shop you see right after you buy one. You can also do a simple internet search and find loads of websites selling authentic masks if you don’t want the hassle of protecting your mask(s) during your travels home.

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    Oficina da Terra: Contemporary handicraft-Evora-Portugal

    by johnsakura Written May 28, 2005

    This shop is on of the most special places in Evora concerning you have a unique regional handicraft with a great contemporary taste. All this ceramics are made and painted by young artists Tiago Cabeca and Magda Ventura.

    Prizes these artists have won:

    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, 2001-2003
    Roll of honor on contemporary handicrafts FIA2003
    1.st Prize FIA 2002 Contemporary Handicrafts
    Nathional Roll of Honor contemporary crafts 2003/2005
    1.st prize St.John Crafts – Évora
    Mais Alentejo Prizes 2004
    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2001
    Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2000
    1st Place on Roll of Honour FIA 2000
    2nd Prize - Evoramonte Euro Convention

    What to buy: You can visit their atelier/shop/gallery and actually see how Tiago shapes the clay to give life to these amazing characters of many kinds.
    You can buy all sorts of clay sculptures hand painted. Great choice great price for something unique.

    What to pay: well it depends of the piece, but remember this are unique pieces so the price is a bit higher of the other local handicraft made in series thousands looking the same that you will find all over Evora. this is why i find this special and you will have somthing artisticaly made also

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    Oficina da Terra: Contemporary handicraft-Evora-Portugal

    by johnsakura Written May 28, 2005

    This shop is on of the most special places in Evora concerning you have a unique regional handicraft with a great contemporary taste. All this ceramics are made and painted by young artists Tiago Cabeca and Magda Ventura.

    Prizes these artists have won:

    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, 2001-2003
    Roll of honor on contemporary handicrafts FIA2003
    1.st Prize FIA 2002 Contemporary Handicrafts
    Nathional Roll of Honor contemporary crafts 2003/2005
    1.st prize St.John Crafts – Évora
    Mais Alentejo Prizes 2004
    National Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2001
    Contemporary Handicrafts 1st Prize, FIA 2000
    1st Place on Roll of Honour FIA 2000
    2nd Prize - Evoramonte Euro Convention

    What to buy: You can visit their atelier/shop/gallery and actually see how Tiago shapes the clay to give life to these amazing characters of many kinds.
    You can buy all sorts of clay sculptures hand painted. Great choice great price for something unique.

    What to pay: well it depends of the piece, but remember this are unique pieces so the price is a bit higher of the other local handicraft made in series thousands looking the same that you will find all over Evora. this is why i find this special and you will have somthing artisticaly made also

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    any shop: Pajaritas artesanas

    by johnsakura Written May 24, 2005

    these are a great sweet from Spain. they are made only from flour vegetable margarine salt almond and sugar.
    They are called Pajaritas Artesanas milagritos from Astorga city. they are not very sweet.

    What to buy: you can buy them in all shops and cas stations with mini-market all around madrid region.

    What to pay: 1 box 380grams 4€

    Pajaritas artesanas spain

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