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International Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

What is the best city in Western Europe in which to spend Christmas? My spouse and I have decided to spend Christmas and New Year's in Europe! We will be going to Athens for New Year's Eve, but we aren't sure where we should spend Christmas, and the days leading up to it. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jul 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Are you efficient, Switzerland?

I have found an airfare deal that I am happy with that involves going through Zurich. Potentially short layover in Zurich. From what I can gather, the airport at Zurich is a breeze for short flight connections but the sources of that information are a little outdated. Will this be enough time? [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Jun 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Best Multi-Country Cell SIM?

My son is going on a three-week school trip to several countries in Europe about a month. I'd like to either buy a SIM for his (out of contract, unlocked) iPhone 4s, or direct him to buy one in London, at the airport, when he lands. I'm specifically looking for decent voice rates to the US, some international texting, and data to include an available network of WiFi. [more inside]
posted by tomierna on May 26, 2014 - 13 answers

Eurovision in Iceland?

I'm going to be flying in to Reykjavik Saturday morning. Where's a good place for us to watch the Eurovision 2014 finals? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse on May 6, 2014 - 1 answer

Make my first Europe trip a success. Copenhagen, Sweden, and the works!

I'm going to Copenhagen for 7 nights in mid-May! It's definitely not the first Europe trip I had been longing for, but some time ago I found an insane deal on airfare and it was too good to pass up, even if it meant upstaging my plans for a much longer trip to the continent. MeFi, help me make it a success. Give your best tips on. Also, what would be viable day trips from Copenhagen? [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Apr 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Three weeks, three countries - help me make it awesome

I've got the (unexpected) opportunity to spend four solo weeks in Europe in March. I'd like to go to three cities and spend a week in each, book-ended with a couple of days in London at each end. But there are SO MANY cities! Help me choose - special snowflake criteria after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Gwendoline Mary on Jan 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for a documentary on African military ritual strangeness...

Heard about this documentary from an anthropology student, but she didn't know the name of it... Back in the colonial days (20th C) of African holdings, some European military would depart their bases yearly and allow the African soldiers to take over. The African soldiers would dress as the Europeans and re-enact their modes of life and work, but in some kind of ritualized parody. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata on Dec 8, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I meet people in Prague (and elsewhere in Europe)?

My wife and I are in Prague for three more weeks, as part of our plan to travel for several months in Europe (and beyond, we hope). We're interested in meeting people, especially locals, but we're not very good in bars and clubs. [more inside]
posted by Peter J. Prufrock on Sep 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Age-Gap Relationships in Europe

I just finished watching Fat Girl (2001) [French: À ma soeur!], I'm currently reading A Certain Age by Rebecca Ray and I previously read and watched An Education. In every one of those films and/or books, an early teen (e.g. In A Certain Age the girl is 14.) has a boyfriend that is at least in his late twenties. In each case, the mother doesn't seem to mind, the father is only a bit annoyed and the man is even allowed to come to the house for dinner. Are these open age-gap relationships anomalies or are they common in Europe?
posted by lrnarabic on Aug 10, 2013 - 25 answers

London to Brittany in a Day?

Due to some ill-advised scheduling, we (Americans) are travelling from London to rural Brittany, then back to our reserved room in Paris three days later. Rennes is the closest major city to Plumieux, the village where our friends live. All of the stuff I see online says to take the Eurostar from London to Gare du Nord in Paris, then transfer to Montparnasse to take the TVG to Rennes. From there we would catch a bus to get us near Plumieux, close enough for our friends to pick us up. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Trip to Italy, 6 week duration, 80+ year old user. Need pointers.

My mother is travelling to Italy (lots of relatives there) and would like to have basic cell phone access while there. I need to work out the details before she leaves in September. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Studying abroad at the London College of Fashion , what not to miss?

My interests include historical fashion (BBC dramas!), bird watching, music. I'll be there from late-August thru November 2013. More info inside: [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger on Jul 16, 2013 - 13 answers

Question asked & answered; I can't understand! Cell phones in France?

I know this question has been asked many times, but I cannot understand the answers! They use terms like CDMA and other stuff that I don't get. I am an old woman (53) who thinks she's tech savvy, but is not really. [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Jun 11, 2013 - 18 answers

Can you help me plan my trip to Germany, France and Italy?

I will be in Berlin, Prague, Venice, Florence, Rome, Marseilles and Paris this summer. I've never been to any of these places before. [more inside]
posted by BitterYouth on Apr 22, 2013 - 22 answers

European Beach Bum

Where should we go in Southern Europe for the fourth week of July? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Apr 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Where to go for a child-friendly vacation in Europe?

My family are heading to Europe this summer for a vacation. Mainly we are visiting family in the UK and France, but we are planning on a week to go off by ourselves somewhere and have fun. We have two boys who will be 4 and 6 when we travel. We want to go somewhere that will be enjoyable for the boys, so that we all have a relatively stress-free time. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by Joh on Apr 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Do you remember this zine article?

Can you help me find a zine article I read some years ago? A man decided to say "yes" to all offers made to him during a 24 hour period. He was traveling in Europe by train. [more inside]
posted by mai on Apr 6, 2013 - 7 answers

International Money Transfer

I would like to transfer $ 5000 from an account in Italy to my bank account here in the State. Can it be done electronically and if so, how?
posted by francesca too on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Large scale Land Art in Europe

Do you know of any interesting examples of Land Art in Europe? [more inside]
posted by quarsan on Jan 13, 2013 - 17 answers

Where can we find more of these awesome European "trail" socks?

Where can I purchase more socks like these? Acquired by my husband over 10 years ago at an airport in the Netherlands, they are long-lasting, comfortable, made of wool, have the word "TRAIL" embroidered in red across the instep, three horizontal red stripes on the ball of the foot, and what may be a size "3-46" in red across the toe.
posted by matildaben on Dec 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Germany Travel for Dummies

Getting around and staying connected in Bremen, Germany: your tips, tricks, and general advice for a semester abroad. [more inside]
posted by shortskirtlongjacket on Nov 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me plan my trip to France!

I’m currently based in Andalucía, Spain, teaching English for the school year, and am planning to visit neighboring France during Christmas vacation. France fascinates me and will be the first country I visit outside of Spain during my time in Europe, but to be honest: I know nothing. I have approximately 13 days to spend in the country, I would like to see Paris and a few other sites in the northwest, and I will probably enter the country on the Mediterranean coast (from Spain) and leave via the Basque Country (to return to Spain). What should I see? [more inside]
posted by huxham on Nov 11, 2012 - 11 answers

should I learn Latin or Ancient Greek?

Early next year, I will have a lot of down time in or near places that were visited by the ancient Romans and Greeks. I am a moderate history and language nerd. If I want to read ancient source material related to some of the places I will be visiting, what language should I learn - Latin or Ancient Greek? [more inside]
posted by par court on Sep 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Good Borgia histories?

Recommend to me biographies/histories of the Borgia Pope and family? [more inside]
posted by asciident on Sep 3, 2012 - 5 answers

WW1 Documentaries and Books

Care to recommend some in-depth documentaries (and books, or anything online) about World War One? [more inside]
posted by nfg on Aug 14, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I get the most out of a 3-month stay in Copenhagen?

Moving to Copenhagen for 3 months, excited and nervous! What will I eat? What should I bring with me to wear? How will I get around? How will I stay in touch? Hope me, hivemind! (MANY details inside because I am such a special snowflake) [more inside]
posted by zingiberene on May 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Used car suggestions, which should I choose?

UsedCarFilter: Shopping for a small inexpensive hatchback, <$10k. Have a few models in mind, but looking for more info [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Mar 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Is there any risk in switching my bank accounts to a freight forwarding address?

I don't technically live in the US anymore; I've sold my house, dropped my auto insurance, etc, and I need to figure out how to deal with my US bank accounts. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Feb 29, 2012 - 10 answers

finding software jobs in europe

What is the likelihood of finding entry level software dev jobs in Europe as an American CS student? [more inside]
posted by movicont on Jan 11, 2012 - 9 answers

what was the historical buzz?

Were there stimulant drinks or foods in Europe before the arrival of coffee and tea from Asia and Africa? If so, what were they, and who had access to them? [more inside]
posted by jepler on Jan 10, 2012 - 28 answers

what to see in northern europe

What should i see en route to berlin and amsterdam from zurich? [more inside]
posted by skwint on Jan 5, 2012 - 3 answers

A little help on a statistics paper on inflation, in German.

I am looking for a little translation help on an inflation statistics paper in German language (look in more inside for the link). This official paper is quite interesting for students of statistics and social students interested in perceived cost of living vs actual cost of living, in Europe as well as in any other country, as it allegedly shows that indeed there were some excessive rouding of prices during the conversion to euro in Germany. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito on Jan 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Travel in northern europe during Christmas?

Travel in northern europe over Christmas: insane, or eminently reasonable with minor hiccups? [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Aug 23, 2011 - 9 answers

What to sell along the way? RTW honeymoon from US to Europe & Asia

What to sell along the way, RTW honeymoon from US to Europe & Asia [more inside]
posted by hussmanne on Aug 8, 2011 - 1 answer

Best prepaid cellphone service for travelling around northern europe?

I have a friend who will be travelling in Europe this summer. She'll be in Iceland for a few days, then Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and finally Stockholm. She'll be travelling with an unlocked iphone 3GS. What are her best options for prepaid cellphone service? There wouldn't happen to be a single company that could cover her for most of northern europe, would there?
posted by heathkit on Jun 12, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I work on a ship in Europe?

My brother will soon graduate from a US Maritime Academy with a 3rd Mates Unlimited, and a couple years later, have a 2nd Mates Unlimited License (to steer ships). How hard would it be to transfer/use this license in Europe? Specifically, he is interested in working in the North Sea for Norwegian companies because of the better pay, working conditions, time off
posted by pynchonesque on Apr 24, 2011 - 4 answers

How happy are German cows?

I'm heading over to Europe in a few weeks and I'm curious about the differences in food quality and food ingredients as compared to the U.S. What will I find there that might be emblematic of a different system or attitude toward food? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Apr 21, 2011 - 25 answers

European festivals in July?

I'm trying to find something offbeat/curious/adventurous/ quaint to do in Europe in mid-July. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Apr 1, 2011 - 4 answers

What are some good books on the modern history of the Balkans?

What are some informative sources on the modern history of the Balkans? [more inside]
posted by EsotericAlgorithm on Mar 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me plan my European vacation?

Where should I go on my trip to Europe and how do I pack for it? [more inside]
posted by mewohu on Mar 29, 2011 - 23 answers

Where can I find simple maps comparing latitude around the world?

I want to see a map of North America with all major western European cities overlaid at the correct latitude. Vice versa for American cities overlaid a map of Western Europe. Is there anything like this out there already or easily assembled? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Mar 7, 2011 - 38 answers

Where too after Rome in March for beach holiday

I am going to Rome for a weekend mid-march. After that I want to go for a week's holiday somewhere warm and with things to do (history, shops, etc). [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Feb 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Next time, call your mother when you need bailing out.

How far to go for semi-estranged relative in big legal trouble due to their own foolishness? Anonymous because I need some plausible deniability. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 - 48 answers

I wanna be street(sign)wise

Why did they stop posting street signs on the sides of buildings in the U.S.? Everywhere I've been in western Europe, at least anywhere marginally urban, street names are posted on the sides of buildings. In the U.S., though, they're pretty much universally stuck on a post or hung over an intersection on wires. There are still remnants of the side-of-the-building practice throughout NYC, so the switch must have been relatively recent. Why did this happen? Does it have something to do with American conceptions of property rights? NOMBism (Not On My Building)? Legibility for motorists? Any idea?
posted by dixiecupdrinking on Feb 7, 2011 - 21 answers

Want to read a great book on European history

Looking for recommendations for books on the history of western civilization. [more inside]
posted by justlooking on Jan 24, 2011 - 16 answers

Swapping SIM cards for European cell phone use. iPhone?

Help me get my hands on a cell phone that will work in Sweden, before I leave! GSM, SIM, micro-SIM, iPhones, oh my. [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru on Dec 28, 2010 - 6 answers

Which mountain would you recommend for a beginner?

A friend and I want to climb a mountain, ideally inside Europe. Only question, which one? Advice for beginners much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by dragontail on Dec 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Holiday season travel :-/

Am hopefully taking time off the last week of December, where to go in Europe? [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS on Nov 23, 2010 - 12 answers

How do we get tickets for a year?

What is the best way to buy a ticket on a one year return? [more inside]
posted by vansly on Oct 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Both/And?

Does a Carte 12-25 count as a Railplus Jeune? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Oct 19, 2010 - 2 answers

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