The Rungis International Market

25 July 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  4 minutes

© flickr.com - Nick Saltmarsh

© flickr.com - Nick Saltmarsh

The Marché International de Rungis (or Rungis International Market) is the principal market of Paris, located in the commune of Rungis, in the southern suburbs. It is the largest wholesale food market in the world.   read more…

The Barcelona Shopping Line

10 March 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

© BarcelonaShopping.com

© BarcelonaShopping.com

Barcelona is a shopping metropolis
Take care of your money – the temptation to spend it in Barcelona is extremely high! Barcelona has become one of the shopping capitals in Europe. In contrast to London, Paris or Berlin Barcelona is not only fashionable and setting new trends, but is also still relatively cheap.   read more…

Christmas markets

2 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General, London, New York City, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  8 minutes

Frankfurt, Germany © Suburbi

Frankfurt, Germany © Suburbi

The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German speaking part of Europe. The Dresden Christmas market, first held in 1434, is one of the oldest Christmas markets. It attracts between 1.5 and 2 million visitors a year and has over 250 stalls. The Bautzen Christmas market was even older, first being mentioned in records in 1384. The Vienna December market was a kind of forerunner of the Christmas market and dates back to 1294.   read more…

Christmas Shopping in New York City

19 October 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  2 minutes

New York City Montage © Jleon/cc-by-3.0

New York City Montage © Jleon/cc-by-3.0

Be dazzled by the excitement, diversity, glamour and fun of New York City, the city that never sleeps. The astonishing variety of attractions in this Entertainment Capital of the World range from world-class theatre, music and museums to world-champion sporting events. Discover magnificent architecture, breathtaking performances, marvellous shopping, and treasures of art and culture, as well as superb cuisine, from every corner of the world. You’ll love New York City!   read more…

Slow Food – more than just a lifestyle

28 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

© SlowFood.com

© SlowFood.com

Slow Food began in Italy with the founding of its forerunner organization, Arcigola, in 1986 to resist the opening of a McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome. In 1989, the founding Manifesto of the international Slow Food movement was signed in Paris, France by delegates from 15 countries. This was done not so much a protest against the restaurant chain as a protest against big international business interests.   read more…

Designer Outlets in Europe

19 September 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

© lavalleevillage.com

© lavalleevillage.com

A factory outlet mall (or outlet center) is a type of shopping mall, in which manufacturers sell their products directly to the public through their own branded stores.   read more…

Le Bon Marché, the first department store in the world

4 April 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Living, Working, Building, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  4 minutes

Le Bon Marché © François Rejeté

Le Bon Marché © François Rejeté

Le Bon Marché (“the good market”, or “the good deal” in French) is the name of one of the most famous department stores in Paris, France. It is sometimes regarded as the first department store in the world. Although this depends on what is meant by ‘department store’, it may have had the first specially-designed building for a store in Paris. The founder was Aristide Boucicaut.   read more…

Theme Week Munich – Shopping and nightlife

5 March 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

© Schlaier

© Schlaier

Besides several Shopping Centres and Major Shopping Areas which you find across the city area, especially in Schwabing and in the inner city you will find a lot of possibilities to exchange your hard earned money easily and in every dimension against products of any kind. Here you will find some hints and ideas for Shopping “Typical Munich”. It’s fun to stroll shops around the Marienplatz, Maximilianstraße, at the Viktualienmarkt, Sendlinger-, Hohenzollern- und Maximilianstraße and of course through the smaller and bigger boutiques and stores away from the main tourist routes.   read more…

Theme Week Berlin – Galeries Lafayette

11 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Berlin, General Reading Time:  4 minutes

© Stefan Jo Fuchs

© Stefan Jo Fuchs

It was as though a spaceship had landed in Berlin. The outside was entirely made of glass. Inside, elegant scarves were offered alongside typical French escargot. The Galeries Lafayette ushered in a new love for everything French in 1996.   read more…

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