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What delicacy do you enjoy in Europe that you can't find at home?

What delicacy do you enjoy in Europe that you can't find at home?

Jul 9th, 2006, 02:41 PM
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Whittard's loose tea, mustards, Maldon sea salt, jams & tons of stuff from Boots.

I know I can get Maldon salt online but it IS a lot pricier with the shipping to where I live.
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Jul 9th, 2006, 02:49 PM
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Tango Apple.

I think it's the most horrible drink out there, but my sons love it. Luckily they have an Auntie who is willing to schlepp a couple of bottles when she visits, lol. You can bet I won't be bringing bottles of that stuff home from my trip!
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Jul 9th, 2006, 03:19 PM
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Ira.... my husband tried to buy Tylenol in Paris last year and was told they didn't sell it. Should he have asked for Tylenol with codeine (which requires a prescription here - ?

I would bring home all the Le De Givenchy perfume I could find... but, alas.... it doesn't seem to be available anywhere anymore. (That puts me in the same age group with the pioneer travelers who carried toilet paper.)
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Jul 9th, 2006, 04:17 PM
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How do you transport the macarons from laduree?
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Jul 9th, 2006, 04:39 PM
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What are the blister bandaids that you're talking about? I just bought new sandals and can use them right now! I'll be leaving on my trip this week, too, so I'd love to find these!
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Jul 9th, 2006, 06:28 PM
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If the blister bandaids that you are talking about are shorter than ours and more cushionie, I love those took. There are expensive but so worth it. I hoarded some from my trip to Paris last year and will take them again this trip, plus buy more. We found them in a drug store in the mall on Place d'Italy.

We always bring home a bottle or two of Cassis. When we buy it there, it is local, but when we drink it at home, it is 'imported'.

Also we bring home small jars of miel from various street markets, some in Paris some in other parts of France. We always find a new favorite and regret not buying more.

Also mustards. But then I do that every where I go.

I know how Ira brings home the macrons from Laduree - around his waist, just like everyone else!

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Jul 9th, 2006, 06:32 PM
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oooops Place D'Italie. I'd rather that you thought that I made a huge typo, than that I couldn't spell.

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Jul 9th, 2006, 06:42 PM
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The sausage rolls and the little pork pies one used to find in travellers' cafes in Swiss railways stations...some of the best hot dogs I've ever had, too!
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Jul 9th, 2006, 07:15 PM
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From England: Elastoplast brand bandaids, the best ever.
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Jul 10th, 2006, 11:47 AM
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Tylenol...ask the pharmacist in France for "paracétamol",not "acetaminophène".That is the only name known which can be found in the "Vidal" and in the "atlas de poche de pharmacologie"

Around the world, keep in mind that Tylenol, Datril, Panadol, Phenaphen, Tempra and Anacin III are trademarks for brands of acetaminophen tablets.

Of course, there are French brand names for many drugs, most of which are stronger and in my eyes, better than comparable drugs in the U.S.

Also plan on taking Children's Tylenol, because the French equivalents, Doliprane and Efferalgan, don't come in chewable form.

Hey, by the way, Immodium is by prescription only in France...just a heads up.

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Jul 10th, 2006, 11:54 AM
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We usually stock up on cheese while in Italy, particularly pecorino, which is hard to find at home.

We also usually bring home a few bottles of local wine and spirits (lemoncello!), olive oil, chocolates, teabags, and things of that nature.

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Jul 10th, 2006, 11:55 AM
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I tried to bring home macaroons from Laduree but they completely dried out! I was so dissapointed, as I brought home several boxes to share with friends and family (and, of course, myself!).

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Jul 10th, 2006, 11:58 AM
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One of the wonderful things about freshly made things in France is that they do not use preservatives...
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Jul 10th, 2006, 12:10 PM
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Locally made nocino in Modena. It is a green walnut liquer and exquisite. I tried to buy some once in Venice. The clerk gave me the most disgusted look and said 'We don't sell that. We Venetians do not drink that.' I did find a bottle in Bolzano once, but it was nowhere near as good as the kind in Modena.
From Turkey I bring back spices such as powdered sumac and aleppo pepper.
From Piemonte I bring wine (of course!) because few of the vinary we like export to the US, dried porcini, and the little round hard candies that come individually wrapped in cellophane.
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Jul 10th, 2006, 12:26 PM
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Marmite, marmalade and stem ginger biscuits.

Oh to be able to bring back bacon and gammon and sausages
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Jul 10th, 2006, 01:42 PM
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I would say chocolates, jams, etc. Tried to take cheese, but customs nixed it

This time it was Migraleve -- a strong migraine remedy I'm bringing to my husband for him to try. Hope it works!
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Jul 10th, 2006, 01:50 PM
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GreenDragon, I'm surprised to hear that. We always bring cheese back from Italy and never had a problem. I always list it on the customs form. The officer will usually ask what type it is and then okay it.

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Jul 10th, 2006, 04:02 PM
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Orval..... thanks so much for the Tylenol info. Have printed it out in case El Husband forgets his bottle once again. (We're going to Paris in Oct.)
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Jul 10th, 2006, 05:11 PM
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I'm usually in the reverse position, bringing stuff from the States back to Europe. Before I leave for Pennsylvania, I'm usually emailed two lists, one from my parents and one from my best friend. The parents always ask for Scottish shortbread, Ballymoloe Country Relish, and Thornton's Alpini Assortment. Sometimes, I'll bring them back a few other things--odds and ends like Boots's range of cleansers and other body care products for mum, and flavoured crisps for dad. I so wish I could bring them the citrus we get here, though. And chorizo. Oh, if only...

My best friend and I studied together in Scotland, so she has a slightly longer list of things I have to bring with me each time. She always asks for:

Jaffa Cakes
Thornton's Choccies (the chocolate chip ones)
Thornton's Rose and Violet Cremes (which, unfortunately, they stopped making)
Teas from The Tea Shop in Covent Garden
Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate
Lion bars
Galaxy bars
Lush bath bombs and shampoo bars
Harry Potter, because the US ones are adapted for US audiences
Certain CDs and DVDs
Elastoplasts (by the bucketloads)
and Hobnobs

The next time I'm in France, I'm buying several bottles of Odin Caramel Vodka. And if anyone knows any way to teleport Magnums back to the US...
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Jul 10th, 2006, 05:36 PM
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lazuliangel, Lush has been a huge favorite of ours since our first trip to Scotland in 1999. My girls were obsessed! We have been lucky enough to visit Lush shops in Vancouver and the UK over the following years. We don't carry nearly as much home with us these days, because Lush now has North American ordering online. That's a good thing because we were buying the shower gels (love those!), and other liquid/cream things which were HEAVY to carry. Lucky for you the bombs are lightweight.
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