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July 7, 2014 3:40 PM Subscribe
I leave from Manchester in a few days for Bruges, Ghent, and Paris. My questions concern how best to bring quasi-necessities in carry on, vegan food, beer, and activities. Do you know much about these places and these questions? You can probably help me out. More specific questions inside.
posted by vathek to Travel & Transportation (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a day and a night each in Bruges and Ghent, and five days in Paris, so for the activities and food in the Belgian cities, highlights are probably better than a range of possibilities. I'm vegan and I like all styles of beer. I've had a wide range of the Belgian beer that's available in America, so beers that aren't exported are ideal, even if they're not the absolute best. Literary, architectural, historical, and artistic destinations are of interest, in roughly that order. I'll be traveling alone for much of the trip except some portions in Paris. I speak enough French to get by in a pinch but prefer places where English is acceptable. Maybe I should mention that I'm in my mid-twenties, since age can be important for nightlife.
Okay, in approximately chronological order based on when I will need them:
1) It'd be ideal for me if I were able to bring some hair product, toothpaste, and Dr. Bronner's on my trip. I will only be using carry on bags. What kind of store does one go to in order to buy 100ml containers for this stuff in England? In Manchester specifically would be best.
2) Will I be able to buy safety razor blades easily on the continent, or should I leave the razor behind and just use disposables for the trip?
3) What do you think is most interesting to do in Bruges? What beer bars are most interesting and ideal for somebody traveling alone? Where can I get a good vegan meal?
4) For Ghent, but the same questions as for Bruges. Interesting things to do, good beer, vegan food.
5) In Paris, I'll be based in the Marais. What stands out in that neighborhood?
6) Of course, I know the usual suspect museums in Paris and whatnot, but what other places might be worth visiting? Good day trips would also be great.
7) And is there any particularly interesting vegan food to be had? I'd be particularly interested in vegan interpretations of traditional French cooking.
Thanks so much!