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European Shopping Destinations

This post is expected to raise interest to shopping lovers. Below you’ll find my favourite five European shopping destinations.  The following cities offer you the ability to make purchases ranging from cheap buys up to expensive designers – the choices are endless. London Oxford Street 1. London, UK London is one of the best places for shopping, specially during its big sales during the Christmas period. The best places are the famous Oxford Street, Carnaby Street and Covent Garden.  Other areas which are enjoyable for shopping include Russells Square (Brunswick) or Enfield Town (Palace Gardens). There are also many shopping malls e.g. Westfield and Hammersmith Broadway. Here you’ll find all the high-street shops with the best prices. Brent Cross shopping centre is another place you can go shopping in North West London. For more luxury purchases visit Knightsbridge and step into Harrods. Don't forget  Selfridge & Co in Oxford Street. For a more characteristic shopping taste visit Camden Markets in Camden Town. Sales Period: The big sales start on Boxing Day (26/12) and end around mid January.  Summer sales start around min June and end around mid July. If you’re in London beginning the sales period make sure to go shopping early in the morning. 2. Athens, Greece  McArthurGlen Athens Outlet I love shopping here. You can find anything from leather goods around Monastiraki area and its surrounding small markets - called Monastiraki Flea Area. You will find chic stores in Kolonaki and Tsakalof Street or by visiting Attica.  For more down to the earth shopping try Ermou Street and the Mall of Athens. If you wish to purchase branded clothing visit the McArthurGlen Athens outlet or the Factory Outlet.  I prefer McArthurGlen since it's big with many brands and it's surrounded by cafes and restaurants. Sales Period: Summer sales start mid-July and run throughout the end of August whilst winter sales begin mid-January and run throughout the end of February.   3. Brussels, Belgium Avenue Louise in Brussels In Brussels you can find all sorts of shops in Rue Neuve and Avenue Louise. In the lower part you’ll find exclusive designer shops (Avenue Louise) and in Rue Neuve you’ll find [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:20+03:00January 2nd, 2018|

Bergamo, a city in Lombardy

A short stay in Bergamo I've never thought of travelling to Bergamo, Italy. Even though there are direct flights from Cyprus to Bergamo - Milan, most people take the plane, land in Bergamo, and go directly to Milan and other Italian cities, but they don't visit Bergamo. The purpose of the trip was to travel to Pisa for a Business meeting with a colleague, and the only suitable way to travel there was to take a Ryanair flight from Paphos to Bergamo, then travel to Milan and from there take the train to Pisa. So, according to our schedule, we planned a one-night stay in Bergamo to get the train the next day to Pisa. Taking the Taxi We arrived in Bergamo at about eight at night and got a taxi from the airport to the old town. The cost was 30 Euros, a fixed price, which seemed quite expensive considering the distance from the airport to the hotel, but the driver indicated that the price was fixed. We went straight to our hotel. Spectacular Views The town has two parts: the upper city, called 'Citta Alta', and the lower city, called 'Citta Bassa'. The funicular and footpaths connect the two parts, allowing you to enjoy spectacular views from both parts. We walked from the upper city to the lower city and enjoyed the views from both parts. You should walk around the old city via the 'viale mura' and 'della fara' roads/paths.   Food & Drink Before visiting Bergamo, we checked Tripadvisor and found a few places to dine & drink. We dined twice at Da Franco, which turned out to be a fantastic place. Our food, including octopus starter, risotto, seafood pasta, pepperoni pizza, turned out to be delicious. The place is highly recommended and worth paying for.  We then had a glass of local white wine at Ca Del Fasa, with a pleasant atmosphere. It almost slipped my mind; on our way back from the lower city to the upper city, we had a coffee at the Funicolare Cafe, which is right outside the Funicolare. You will [...]

2024-03-21T21:28:00+03:00October 25th, 2013|
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