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Travelling from Oslo to Paris--what shouldn't we miss?

Mrs. Hanoixan and I will be taking a trip from Oslo to Paris over a couple of weeks in August. We're already planning on seeing the Sognefjord, and tooling around the French countryside. There's a ton in the middle. What route would you suggest (we'll be taking trains where we can)? We like the road less travelled and beautiful places.
posted by hanoixan on Jul 3, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me find this rousing European folk song

A few years ago I saw a video of a slow, solemn folk song sung in a European language (sorry I can't be more specific!). It begins quietly and builds up to a louder, epic sound. The choir was made up of hundreds of people, or perhaps it was a football stadium singing? It was possibly about thunder and lightning. My youtube-fu is failing me, maybe you can help?
posted by Naanwhal on Jun 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Culture and economy of late medieval Central Europe

I'm working on an architectural research project on late gothic Germanic churches (from about 1500-1650), and feel hamstrung by my ignorance of the cultures and economies in which the architecture was produced. [more inside]
posted by sakahane on Feb 14, 2014 - 6 answers

What are the greatest EU/UK bath & beauty products?

So, every time I go looking for recommendations for makeup, etc. (here, and Makeup Alley, mostly), the majority of highly rated items are US products that are usually impossible or expensive for me to get, which is why I'd like your tips for your top-rated favorite bath and beauty items made-locally / available in Europe at reasonable cost. Maybe I can replace a few things, and find some new gems. [more inside]
posted by taz on Nov 12, 2013 - 15 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

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

College student in the U.S looking for career/major advice.

E.U. - U.S. Dual Citizen here. What are some careers I can potentially do that take advantage of my dual citizenship and/or being bilingual or multilingual? [more inside]
posted by eq21 on Nov 11, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me get this linguistics joke?

Linguistics! Can you guys explain the joke in this image, which represents how different languages get from point A to point B? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Sep 30, 2012 - 13 answers

How do other cultures deal with diabetes?

I recently discovered that I am well on my way to Type 2 diabetes. So I am taking the steps recommended by my docotor and everyone else: trying to lose weight, cut out sugar and simple carbs, etc. I am curious about cross-cultural recommendations for pre-diabetics. For example, perhaps some European countries seem to think that taking B vitamins can keep diabetes at bay? Or there is some folk wisdom that recommends using teaspoons of vinegar before (after?) meals to help regulate blood sugar? And yes, I realize that type 2 diabetes is much more common in the US than elsewhere. I'm hoping to steer this conversation away from "Americans are lazy gluttons" and more toward "here are some potentially helpful things to do that an American doctor wouldn't know to mention."
posted by Jane Austen on Aug 23, 2012 - 25 answers

A Concise AP Euro Outline?

Where can I find good study materials for the AP European History Exam? [more inside]
posted by Flood on May 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Looking for bulletproof women's sandals

Looking for bulletproof women's sandals, preferably made in Europe. I want something that will last me years and be comfortable for daily wear and occasional long walks. The ones that were my go-to are no longer made in Europe, and lasted about 1/4 the time as the last (identical) pair. [more inside]
posted by marble on Feb 1, 2012 - 14 answers

Another Name that Baby

Help me brainstorm a boy Eastern European / Russian / Middle Eastern name. Ideally it's easy to spell and easy to pronounce in English. [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on Dec 5, 2011 - 31 answers

Where in the southern Mediterranean should we go in mid-March?

Where in the southern Mediterranean should we go in mid-March? We're thinking of Sicily or Greece, but specific criteria inside the fold: [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Nov 18, 2011 - 14 answers

Finding a European drink in the USA!

Are purelosophy drinks available anywhere in the US? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Jul 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Victor Serge quiz

Who is Victor Serge quoting here? "A French essayist has said:'What is terrible when you seek the truth is that you find it.' You find it, and then you are no longer free to follow the biases of your personal circle, or to accept fashionable clichés." [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jun 19, 2011 - 1 answer

What two additional European cities should I visit while overseas in Thessaloniki, Greece?

What 2 major European cities - that are relatively close to Thessaloniki, Greece - should I visit for a week? [more inside]
posted by bengalsfan1 on May 21, 2011 - 4 answers

All my stuff is on that thing...

I have an external hard drive that I bought in America that won't turn on in Europe. [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes on Mar 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Seen any good movies lately?

2 part question: 1. I used to be a member of a movie site which made recommendations based on your likes and your friends likes and movies of a similar genre, but I've forgotten what it was called. Do you know of a site like that? Maybe I can recover my membership if I can find it again! 2. Can you recommend a social network for the cinema? Preferably one with similar characteristics to the one i used to know, with a good number of European & British, as well as US, content & users.
posted by dash_slot- on Jan 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Where to buy bandes dessinées online?

Where can I buy French-language European comics online? [more inside]
posted by twirlip on Dec 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Name that 20th century European artist

I'm trying to think of the name of a male, Eastern-European artist that made paintings of dark, unsettling landscapes. I remember being linked to a very basic webpage of his work, and I wish I could remember more details about his work. As for time period, maybe 20's-70's. Again, sorry for the lack of details. I want to say he was not well-known and did the landscapes in the 40's or 50's.
posted by SouthCNorthNY on Jun 6, 2010 - 7 answers

European Music Nerds!

European Music Nerds! I'm putting together a show for a local community radio station and am looking for (preferably foreign-language) not very mainstream music from Europe. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Mar 19, 2010 - 23 answers

3-Ring A4-sized Binders

EuropeanOfficeFilter: Is there such a thing as a 3-ring A4-sized binder? How about a hole-puncher that works with A4 paper? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Dec 12, 2009 - 9 answers

Im not a gringo!

European in Mexico. How can i avoid being called a gringo and how do i react elegantly? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Nov 12, 2009 - 33 answers

Who can hire me a car to drive from the UK to the Netherlands?

I need to hire a car to drive from Bristol, UK and to drop off in Haarlem Netherlands. Avis says no, europecar says no, hertz are difficult to get hold of. Suggestions? Recommendations?
posted by gonzo_ID on Oct 19, 2009 - 12 answers

Photos of soviet bloc villages

I am looking for images, or a photoblog, of eastern european villages. Think dusty, soviet bloc style, with maybe a of Borat-esque comedy. Its for a film treatment I am working on. Any help with where to get some imagery of Uzbek villages or something similar would be greatly appreciated. Even a link to a relevant Flickr pool would save me. Thanks again.
posted by cascando on Sep 4, 2009 - 2 answers

Potter, Norrell, and....?

Suggest absorbing fiction about mysterious England. [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez on Aug 2, 2009 - 54 answers

European split beds?

Mattress-filter: I recently took a trip to Germany with my wife and was fascinated by some of the hotel beds there. Unlike some other parts of Europe, there were not two single-person beds, but seemed to be two combined. [more inside]
posted by anjiro on Jul 24, 2009 - 4 answers

A woman on the run, smuggler pilots, and a blog -- does anyone remember this?

Does anyone remember a blog c. 2001-2002 purportedly written by a European woman hiding out in the Caribbean/Central America from the well-positioned family she had run away (and stolen) from? What was her pseudonym? What was the name of the blog? Is there any trace of this story (and any resolution on the question of its veracity) left on the web? [more inside]
posted by kowalski on Jun 29, 2009 - 5 answers

Any Halusky in Chicago?

Any Halusky in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Bengston on Jun 22, 2009 - 5 answers

Help Me Find Best Airfares Belfast to Malaga

What are the most economical airlines for flights from Belfast, Ireland to Malaga, Spain? [more inside]
posted by aelish on Jun 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Help identify this recent European comedy film...

Help identify this recent European comedy film... [more inside]
posted by The bat in the hat on Jun 14, 2009 - 7 answers

What European country will offer the lowest price for the same mini-laptop?

What European country will offer the lowest price for the same mini-laptop? (list of countries inside) [more inside]
posted by gttommy on May 30, 2009 - 9 answers

How/where can I get a Dutch-style city bike in NYC without breaking the bank?

How/where can I get a Dutch-style city bike in NYC without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Apr 24, 2009 - 13 answers

sweater!

Sweaterfilter: Men's side button collar sweater. Buttons from the shoulder to the neck. Saw them everywhere in France. Can't find them ANYWHERE online. Why are they so hard to find?
posted by leotrotsky on Apr 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Does the whole EU have to fight?

If a country in the European Union becomes involved in a major military conflict (politi-speak for big war), would it drag the other nations into it like other binding agreements in European past? [more inside]
posted by Alec Loudenback on Apr 15, 2009 - 12 answers

professional interrailing?

I like my job, but I want to leave, badly. I want to leave the UK for warmer/more interesting climes. Where are good places to find a job in continental Europe, with a media/technical slant, for someone who only really only speaks English? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2009 - 5 answers

Is it the hot toddy on my breath?

This has been bugging me for a while: is there much difference in appearances between people of various European backgrounds? Acquaintances and strangers can always "tell" I'm genetically Scottish, or at least some strain of Brit. This would seem ludicrous if they weren't totally right. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Dec 2, 2008 - 65 answers

Rockin' in the Eastern Hemisphere, or would be if I wasn't in the US

Calling all Germanic (and Slavic) rockers, ravers and, uh, *insert classical term that starts with "r"*! Help me expand my music collection with European melodies! [more inside]
posted by curagea on Aug 15, 2008 - 13 answers

Where can I find English translations of European comics?

Is there any database or online fan community focused on translating European comics? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent on Aug 14, 2008 - 2 answers

Where to watch Euro Final in DC?

I'd like some suggestions on where to watch the European Cup Final this Sunday in Washington DC. Extra points if the bar is pro-Spanish.
posted by mand0 on Jun 27, 2008 - 6 answers

What do I need to learn about wines to be a waitress at a nice restaurant?

What do I need to learn about wines to be a waitress at a nice restaurant? [more inside]
posted by Niomi on May 22, 2008 - 26 answers

Chariots of the Globs

Help identify a (most likely European) comic with Von Daniken style ancient astronauts that I vaguely remember from childhood. [more inside]
posted by Artw on May 15, 2008 - 8 answers

7 hours, how to study?

I have the day to study for AP exams and prepare a presentation. How can I spend it most effectively? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Apr 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Beklager, jeg snakker ikke norsk - EU national moving to Norway?

Moving around in the EU - how about them fjords there? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Mar 25, 2008 - 3 answers

Help with travel!!!! (berlin - prague - Munich)

Hey I'm travelling to Europe this summer and want to go from Berlin to Prague. I found a previous post on it but it's from 2005 and the info is a little outdated so i was wondering if anyone had a good suggestion for going about getting to prague? I'm travelling with my Girlfriend and we'll be going from Prague to Munich after our stay there. Does anyone know if we can use our Eurail passes in Germany (from say berlin to dresden then switch trains to prague) or book a roundtrip ticket that will take us into Prague and then on to Munich? All help would be appreciated! Thanks
posted by monkeyagent on Mar 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Project Get-Away-From-North-America

I'm a 21 year old Canadian considering moving to Europe, and I'm mostly looking at Germany. What difficulties might I face? Which country might be the easiest to get a EU citizenship in? [more inside]
posted by radgardener on Feb 4, 2008 - 22 answers

Who wrote these weird short stories?

Please help me locate a collection of Russian/Eastern Bloc short stories. I read this book when I was kid because it belonged to my parents and I want to read it again. If not the book, I'd like to find the two most memorable stories. One concerns a snowman and the other is a reflection on life while falling out of a window to one's death. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by thewrongparty on Dec 11, 2007 - 3 answers

Dangers of installing a wii modchip?

Dangers of installing a wii modchip? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Nov 22, 2007 - 9 answers

Turkish men kissing?

culturally normal for turkish college-age men to kiss before bed? [more inside]
posted by kraigory on Aug 31, 2007 - 16 answers

A Zoltant Khodaly choral work with a Hallelujah at the end?

Half-remembered Zoltan Kodaly (I think)choral piece that ends with a Hallelujah, help! [more inside]
posted by Wilder on Aug 7, 2007 - 5 answers

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