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Best 2 places in Europe to take college daughter

Jan 22nd, 2007, 05:52 AM
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Her father gave up all his Marriott points so they could stay in Manhatten for a few days...she thought she'd shop there. Well! When she found out old Delaware is tax free shopping..ohlalala.
The after Christmas sales were pretty amazing.
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 07:18 AM
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You can find shopping and interesting sites in virtually any city in Europe. I don't know how long you'll be overseas as well. One idea might be to go to Amsterdam from Paris. Its any easy train ride if your time is somewhat short. If you like art, the rijks museum and von gogh are tremendous. for shopping, there a lots of wonderful smaller shops. for other interesting sites, there is the ann frank house, resistance museum, a day trip to kuekenhof gardens, etc. The canals alone are great to see, especially at night on a cruise. the classic place to go is Rome for sites, shopping and art. Another idea is Florence - amazing sites and shopping to die for (just get away from the Duomo area!!). I'm also a big fan of Barcelona - wow. A college student would love Las Ramblas not to mention the architecture and Picasso museum. Really, choosing just 2 or 3 places is tough - We've always done 2 locations/countries with the exception of Spain where we stayed within the country but visited 3 cities in 14 days.
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 07:23 AM
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To clarify - I will be meeting my daughter in Spain the end of April. She is doing the spring semester study abroad program in Valencia, Spain. We will meet up in Valencia and then go from there. Since our flight back to the U.S. departs from Paris, France - that will be our last place to visit. During her stay, she will be visiting Rome with other students and will probably not want to go back there again. Dubin, Ireland sounds interesting. Any votes for Praque, CZ? What about Brussels, Belgium? I thought about Luzern, Switzerland - going to Mt. Titlis - but am not sure she would enjoy that.

As for shopping - probably good deals on clothing, shoes, etc. Shopping is probably higher of her list of things to do than mine.
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 07:28 AM
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Brussels has to be the worst place in the world for shopping - unless its for chocolate.

Spain is good for shopping - so she'll probably be shopped out by the time you arrive.
 
Jan 22nd, 2007, 07:28 AM
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Here's our timeline. I will be arriving in Valencia, Spain on April 25th - sometime in the afternoon. Our flight from from Paris, France to U.S. is May 6th. Really it's not that long considering we'll have some travel days in there.
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 07:32 AM
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With that time line - I'd stick to spain and paris. If you must go somewhere else - I would suggest London.
 
Jan 22nd, 2007, 07:36 AM
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So how about flying from Spain to London? (There must be lots of cheap flights from Spain to England.) Spend a few days in London seeing the sights and shopping, then take the Eurostar (Chunnel) train to Paris -- for more sightseeing and shopping.
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 07:41 AM
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My top 3 picks would be London, Paris and Florence. All are truely unique cities and offer a lot to both teenagers and adults. They were my three favorite cities when I went on a two-week trip through Europe. Check out my blog if your interested in more.
http://rae-does-contiki.blogspot.com/
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 11:00 AM
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Milan has greeeaaaaat shopping, especially if you like high end. I've found things in D&G, etc that I can only find in Italy and when I bring them back to the US they are one-of-a-kind.
Dublin was a shopping disappointment for me...even the american clothing was overpriced.
Rome is great too--especially near the spanish steps.
Monaco, not so much. Nice...not as great as Italy.
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 11:33 AM
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<<< London DOES have great (generally expensive) shopping >>>

You need to get around more. These days London (and much of the UK) has very cheap clothes shopping. Based on my GF's shopping patterns I would say that she's paying half of what she was paying 5 years ago.

And for teenagers clothes are becoming so cheap they are virtually wear once then throw away
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 11:59 AM
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hard to beat London!
I would not go to Dublin .
 
Jan 22nd, 2007, 12:15 PM
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We have spent more money shopping in Copenhagen in two trips than in all of our other trips to Europe combined. Magasin Du Nord, Den Parmanente, Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen, etc. line the Stroget. All of the famous Scandinavian designers are represented.
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 01:23 PM
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<<You need to get around more. These days London (and much of the UK) has very cheap clothes shopping. Based on my GF's shopping patterns I would say that she's paying half of what she was paying 5 years ago.>>

With teenage daughters, I've done a fair amount of shopping in the US and in quite a few European cities. It's great if the price trend is downward in the UK, but I believe prices are generally cheaper here in the US for the same items. While my last trip to London was a couple of years ago, the Rome one was recent (though the OP eliminated Rome for other reasons). Perhaps the most notable thing is that whether one is looking at D&G designer things or cheapo H&M-type clothes, so much is the same everywhere now. It takes some of the fun out of shopping when they are looking for something not to be found at the local store and boutiques.

<<And for teenagers clothes are becoming so cheap they are virtually wear once then throw away>>

Even if it were economically so (I'm guessing you're exaggerating a bit here), "throw away" clothes seem a little un-ecological...It wouldn't appeal to the "green" in my older daughter.



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Jan 22nd, 2007, 02:23 PM
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as far as shopping and a unique experience i really enjoyed salzburg, austria and luzerne, CH/ . i'll admit though that my experience is limited. good luck
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 05:19 PM
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Thank you all for your replies. I'm checking them all out and keeping an open mind. Queen's Day in Amsterdam is April 30th - has anyone attended?

I'm now rethinking the trip - 1) Valencia - London - Amsterdam - Paris

2) Valencia - Florence - (London or Amsterdam) - Paris
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 06:32 PM
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Having a college age daughter who loves to shop,eat and travel along with being an international flight attendant who goes overseas everyweek-I must chime in! My vote would be Paris with Rome.These two cities have great shopping along with things to see and do along with wonderful dining fun.There are so many interesting areas within these two cities to "do damage" along with finding better prices than shopping in the UK.If I had to add a third,it might be Barcelona? London is a wonderful city but the prices for a hotel,eating and shopping are going to kill you. Amsterdam is also a great city but both of my kids wanted only a short time there while Rome and Paris are constantly on their return list.My questions to you would be-where else have you gone? what languages do you speak? how much time to you want to spend on traveling around? Let us know! Good luck!
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 07:11 PM
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My college aged daughters love Prague. It's great for people watching as well as the amazing architecture. You can get a good feel for the city with just a few days. The castle and the old town are really striking. My girls loved shopping at the large Promod there (although it is in lots of other countries) - we visited twice for after Christmas sales.

Vienna is another fun city for a short visit. Stay in town and you can walk everywhere. The shopping is great - the basic Euro chains - H&M, Zara, etc., along with high end designer shops. And for you, the art museums are among the best in the world.

London is great, but hard to explore in just a few days. If you go, stop in Liberty - my daughters love it. Great designer clothing (that we only look at) and the famous Liberty fabric on one whole floor. The Top Shop on Oxford is almost too big and very crowded. In fact, Oxford Street itself is such a zoo. We had a better time shopping on King's Road, starting in Sloan Square. There was a fun vintage clothing store a mile or so down - 2 floors of clothes. My daughter found the vibe at Camden to be a bit forced, although she found some things to buy there.
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Jan 23rd, 2007, 05:31 AM
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Dutyfree wrote: "My questions to you would be-where else have you gone? what languages do you speak? how much time to you want to spend on traveling around? Let us know! Good luck!"

I have been to Venice, Italy and Paris, France. This is the first trip for my daughter. She's fluent in Spanish and I speak VERY, VERY little French.

As far as traveling around - I would like a nice balance of seeing alot of things, shopping for my daughter & great eating. Since our time is limited, I would like to explore a city, but not stay so long that we become tired of it & feeling like we "should have" moved on. Three days per city would be perfect for us at this point.
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Jan 23rd, 2007, 05:49 AM
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Yes, We were at Queens' Day by accident a couple of years back - my trip report is still on the board somewhere I'm sure. It is an experience not to be missed
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Jan 23rd, 2007, 10:12 AM
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Shopping = Florence
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