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Activities for a fashion and beauty fanatic in London and Paris

We have booked our trip to London and Paris this summer-yay! My 17 year old daughter will be with us, and she loves everything related to fashion and beauty-style guides, shopping, makeup, museums, resale stores, all that. I don't love to shop, but am happy to include some in our trip. Any specific ideas for us in those two cities? [more inside]
posted by purenitrous on May 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Off the beaten path in London, Paris, Venice, Rome

I can't believe I waited this long to ask the MeFi hive-mind, but here we are. In 24 hours my wife and I will be leaving on our honeymoon to the above-mentioned destinations. What I'm looking for are some cool, unusual, secret, or just plain "local favorite" things to do and places to go. Rather than simply pointing me to other sites offering collected reviews of places (tripadvisor, et al) I'm hoping to get some first-hand recommendations from you all. Time will be rather short in each city (3-4 days each) so let's try to stay within the cities themselves, as we won't really have time for outlying excursions. To give you an idea of what we're after, my wife and I are both lifetime members of the gothic subculture, and she in particular is very interested in fashion. Eccentric bars/pubs are also favorites. We leave on May 4th, but feel free to contribute later in the week, as I'll be eagerly checking this thread for your suggestions. Cheers, MeFi!
posted by ShutterBun on May 3, 2014 - 25 answers

Eating well in Europe -- England, France, and Italy edition

It's happening!! Mr. Concolora and I are flying out to London tomorrow to start our three week tenth wedding anniversary European extravanganza and I'm about to pop with excitement. We're going to be in London, Paris, Dijon, Verona, Vicenza, Venice, and Rome and we'd love some recommendations on where to eat. Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Concolora on May 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Tips and advice for a trip to London and Paris

I finally saved up enough flyer miles for a flight to Europe and I am super excited since I've never been. I'm planning on a week in London and then a week in Paris, advice for things to do while I'm there would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by xtine on May 6, 2013 - 21 answers

What specialty food items should I bring back from Paris and London?

What specialty food items should I bring back from Paris and London? I am traveling to both places in May. Can you recommend some unique and delicious food items I can bring back with me? (Any other travel recommendations are welcome as well!)
posted by thelastgirl on Apr 12, 2012 - 27 answers

Ironing out London logistics

Help me confirm logistics for my London (& side trip to Paris and Belgium) trip: money, phones, maps, tickets. Bonus question on finding fountain pens. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Feb 7, 2012 - 19 answers

Logistics around Edinburgh, London and Paris

Some special snowflake-traveler logistics questions about 12 days in London, Edinburgh and maybe a minute in Paris. [more inside]
posted by jdl on Feb 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Pastels in London and Paris Museums

Thinking of visiting London and Paris next year...also been getting into pastels so would like to hit up art museums with a good number of quality pastel paintings by Degas, Renoir, etc. (prefer impressionist style). Which museums provide this abundance? I'm thinking the Musée d'Orsay, maybe the Louvre...anywhere else?
posted by lirael2008 on Dec 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Getting there: London/Paris edition

London to Paris and back: rail or air? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield on Nov 21, 2011 - 19 answers

whats better, a Honeymoon or a MefiMoon?

For our Honeymoon, my other half and I will be going to London for 5 days, Paris for 4 days, make our way to Barcelona for 5 days, then Bangkok for ten days. I'm hoping for some recommendations for the leg from Paris to Barcelona, and Bangkok but feel to offer any recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Admira on Nov 30, 2010 - 9 answers

International meet up wedding gift

My husband and I are going to Paris this weekend to meet up with my very good friend who just got married Sunday. (Yes it is their honeymoon, no we're not crashing it just meeting up with them for a day) I'd like to give them some sort of wedding gift, what can we get/do for them? [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Nov 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Temporary workspaces in Cambridge/London/Paris?

Places to hang out and get work done in Cambridge/London/Paris? [more inside]
posted by yarrow on May 31, 2010 - 7 answers

Also, bookstores with especially friendly cats

Bookstore recommendations in London, Paris, and Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by Casuistry on May 30, 2010 - 27 answers

10 Days, 3 Cities in Europe

10 Days. 3 Cities in Europe. Help. [more inside]
posted by scooterdman on Apr 30, 2010 - 30 answers

How can I see London's Rolling Bridge curl up outside of the scheduled times?

Is there any way I can request a special rolling of London's Rolling Bridge while I'm in town? It normally curls up every Friday at noon, but I won't be in town for it. What are the chances that I can catch or request an unscheduled curl? (And if you've got any better ideas for what I can do in Paris and London immediately before and during the first week of May, I'd love to hear 'em inside, too...)
posted by paul_smatatoes on Apr 25, 2010 - 5 answers

Car vs Train vs Plane with toddlers

Least stressful way to transport a family from London to Toulouse? Car vs Train vs Plane! [more inside]
posted by Joh on Apr 9, 2010 - 24 answers

Urban incorporation by way of a bridge?

What cities have incorporated other cities by means of a bridge? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Jan 24, 2010 - 39 answers

Planes, trains, and lots of bags; Germany, France, and the UK.

InsaneLast-MinuteEuropeanTravelFilter: How to get one procrastinator and three bags from Berlin to France and England. Read on, it's probably crazier than you think! [more inside]
posted by Devika on Aug 11, 2009 - 9 answers

How do we arrange financing to buy an apartment in Paris or London?

How do we arrange financing to buy an apartment in Paris or London? [more inside]
posted by jchaw on Jun 29, 2009 - 5 answers

Down and Out in Paris and London

LondonFilter, ParisFilter: I'll be in London and Paris for about a week, starting next week. What are the coolest, most-offbeat, least-overplayed activities/destinations for a young (21) traveler? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Jun 11, 2009 - 26 answers

What's a good architecture catalog website?

Contemporary architecture: Is there a website that lists notable pieces of recent architecture, organized by city, with pictures and descriptions? [more inside]
posted by askmeacct on Sep 15, 2008 - 4 answers

London and Paris for kids

London and Paris: what are the highlights for families with young children? I teach at an international school in Japan and one of my students is going to London, Paris, and St. Andrews in Scotland for her father's business trip. Her mother has asked me for recommendations of places to visit. [more inside]
posted by knockoutned on Sep 26, 2007 - 11 answers

Paris, London, Switzerland in a week - recommendations?

I want to do Paris/daytrips (1-2 days), Switzerland (4-5 days), and London/daytrips (1-2 days), all late this January. I'll be traveling alone. I'd love some advice. [more inside]
posted by Malad on Jan 10, 2007 - 27 answers

Where are the cheap Eurostar tickets?

How can I get really cheap Eurostar tickets (London-Paris and back)? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Sep 1, 2006 - 9 answers

Where can we go from London for a few days in Europe?

[EuroTripFilter]What European city can we go to CHEAPLY for a few days from London? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jul 20, 2006 - 14 answers

3 days in London and 1 day in Paris : what to do?

3 days in London and 1 day in Paris : what to do? [more inside]
posted by aceyprime on May 15, 2006 - 25 answers

Restaurant Smackdown

For recent travellers, is the U.S. still a bargain? Specifically, how would you compare the price of eating out in a similarly semi-fancy restaurant in 1) San Francisco, 2) Seattle, 3) London, 4) Paris, 5) New York. Let's peg the baseline cost at about $50/person in San Francisco, excluding wine. [more inside]
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Feb 8, 2006 - 16 answers

London to Paris

What's the cheapest way to travel between London and Paris? [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 on Jan 24, 2006 - 19 answers

Where to find London air pollution reports

Does anyone know where one can access reports on air pollution in London as compared to Boston, Paris, NY etc?
posted by Mossy on Dec 4, 2004 - 2 answers

Recommend good deals on disposable phones in the UK & France.

European disposable mobile phones: My parents, who are American, are going to Edinburgh, London & Paris later this week. They've asked me what I know about disposable/rentable phones since their phones won't work over there. I know nothing. So now I'm asking all of you: What do you know about good deals on disposable/rentable phones in the UK & France? (I believe they're looking to use the phones for a period of 7-10 days, and if it makes things simpler I think they are willing to do without during the French portion of the trip if necessary)
posted by bcwinters on Oct 10, 2004 - 7 answers

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