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Paris in June for a Month - Help!

Flat for entirety of June in Paris, with my British sister meeting me in Deauville for two days. I haven't left the USA since before 9/11, and my partner hasn't since he was a kid. I need ALL THE ADVICE: apps to help, other day trips, is Italy feasible sans car, June weather, language sites -- I am combing MeFi but am just overwhelmed, and fearful older content is out of date. Help! [more inside]
posted by Locative on May 8, 2014 - 23 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

1st time Traveler tips to South Africa needed

The Mrs is going to S. Africa scouting resorts (Sabi Sabi and someplace in Cape Town) and I'd like to send her prepared...1st time Traveler tips to South Africa needed. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan on Aug 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Finding a last-minute hotel in Phuket/Thailand

Our hotel reservation for the week of New Year's Eve in Phuket, Thailand just got cancelled... #argh! Where would you look for mid-to-high-end hotels with prices that are still reasonable, one month away from the busiest time of the year in Thailand? [more inside]
posted by meso on Nov 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Empire state of mind

Third trip to New York is happening next week, I am ready for something a little more than Times Square. New Yorkers, what to do this time? Curate my visit, and help me maybe get out of the city. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on May 28, 2012 - 17 answers

What are the best vacation destinations within driving distance from Chicago?

What are the best vacation destinations within driving distance from Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune on Apr 8, 2012 - 32 answers

Slow lazy Berlin

Help me enjoy lazy Berlin! [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Aug 25, 2010 - 19 answers

Hotels in Lisbon

We're two people looking for the quirky, the hidden, the unknown, the comfy and the welcoming hotels in Lisbon, Portugal... What does The Hive know about places to stay in this wonderful city? [more inside]
posted by meso on Mar 8, 2009 - 3 answers

Help Me Pack My Bags With the Colonel's Special Blend of Herbs and Spices

Help me pack my bags. I'm anything but a seasoned traveler, and now (insert excitement emoticon) am headed to Berlin for three months. Please tell me about what I do about the different voltage thing they have over there and what it means for my cell phone charger. Tell me if I can put my American health insurance on hold because of the glories of the European welfare state. Tell me how and if Germans tip. Recommend the best carry-on suitcase/bag ever. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Apr 3, 2008 - 18 answers

Long Bus Ride Tips

How can I keep myself occupied for 31 hours on the greyhound bus? My partner and I are leaving on Thursday for our vacation, but we are travelling to our destination via greyhound, and it is a very long ride. I love to read and listen to music, but I get bored of those. I can sleep on the bus, but not too well, and I am resistant to taking drugs to knock myself out. Any ideas for bus activities for two adult women?
posted by arcticwoman on Jul 3, 2005 - 15 answers

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