General Discussion: Official holiday thread


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tical
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110 posts since 2/2/12

9 Apr 2012 15:10
Got a week and a bit off next month so going to go to Vietnam again. I want to avoid all the main tourist areas this time. Anyone got any decent suggestions on places to visit?
ridingscared
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534 posts since 5/4/10

9 Apr 2012 18:01
Any Paris experts? Got a few days spare while I'm in France with the strife in August , looking for a Shoreditch House style hotel with a tidy bar but not in the district they filmed L'Haine if poss.
Ocin
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1242 posts since 4/6/04

9 Apr 2012 18:08
Im heading there in july for the watch the throne tour amongst other things, going to book http://www.mamashelter.com/en/ based on mates/onine reviews. Looks quite similar to the hoxton in london style/price wise
ridingscared
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534 posts since 5/4/10

10 Apr 2012 11:38
Looks perfect, what's the area like?
suck your mum
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2389 posts since 7/4/04

10 Apr 2012 12:09
Has anyone hear been to Manila before? What's it like?
rural
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17587 posts since 26/9/06

10 Apr 2012 13:19
Thrilling
suck your mum
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2389 posts since 7/4/04

10 Apr 2012 15:50
Hillarious.

But seriously. Is it just all sleazy bars or is there any decent bars/clubs/things to do out there?
JohnnyAce
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647 posts since 5/12/04

10 Apr 2012 16:04
suck your mum wrote: Hillarious.

But seriously. Is it just all sleazy bars or is there any decent bars/clubs/things to do out there?

Been living in Manila for a while now.. Plenty of night life if Asian scene is your cup of tea. Plenty of very nice diving if you're into that. PM me if you want any additional info.
swiftus
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815 posts since 1/7/09

16 Apr 2012 12:08
A bit of a non-holiday, but anyone been to Antwerp before? Any recommendations?
diederik
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3191 posts since 16/8/11

16 Apr 2012 12:22
I've been to Antwerp loads of times, usually go there at least once every two months. Great place for shopping as Antwerp is home of lots of designers (i.e. Stephan Schneider, Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester, etc).
Also loads of nice pubs, restaurants, etc. Anything you want to know specifically?
San
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10493 posts since 14/11/05

16 Apr 2012 12:25
Noble will be able to help
swiftus
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815 posts since 1/7/09

16 Apr 2012 12:29
diederik wrote: I've been to Antwerp loads of times, usually go there at least once every two months. Great place for shopping as Antwerp is home of lots of designers (i.e. Stephan Schneider, Raf Simons, Ann Demeulemeester, etc).
Also loads of nice pubs, restaurants, etc. Anything you want to know specifically?

Want to do some shopping, and check out the architecture and museums. Any recommendations about any of these would help. In terms of shopping, want to stay away from the bigger names (Antwerp 6, etc), any independent shops with new-er designers would be great…

About the diamond district, is there anything you can actually see as a pleb there? Or is it only for the pros?
diederik
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3191 posts since 16/8/11

16 Apr 2012 12:49
In terms of museums - there's the Fashion Museum (http://www.momu.be/en/index_momu.jsp?layout=momu) which is worth a visit - this is also very centrally located. They've got a rotating exhibitions (there's no permanent collection) - so check the website to see what's there when you'll visit. Next door there's also a real nice book store with lots of art-related books (architecture,fashion,modern/classic arts,etc)

A little further out of the city center there's the MAS (http://www.mas.be/MAS-EN/Publicatiekanalen/Stad/Musea/Musea-MAS/MAS-EN/Startpagina-MAS-EN.html) which I have yet to visit myself, but already for the architecture itself worth visiting.
If you're into classic arts you can visit the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (http://www.kmska.be/en/).

Shopping is good in every price range. Main shopping (high)streets not that interesting - but Antwerp has lots of smaller boutique stores.

Some things on the top of my head (but there's much more)

- Rosier 41 (www.rosier41.be) is a good store with some new (local) talent and both new & second hand designer clothing. Not super cheap, but I did manage to get some nice things there. 80-90% is womens stuff, but they also have mens stuff (MMM, Schneider, RAF, Jil Sander even sometimes some APC, etc.)

- There's an APC store as well (Lombardenvest 12)

- There's d*zine but I am not sure if it's also mens stuff (http://www.dzinestore.net/)

- Labels Inc (Aalmoezenierstraat) similar to Rosier 41, slightly smaller shop - just a couple minutes walk from Rosier 41

- Have a look at the Dries van Noten store & Stephan Schneider store - even if not buying anything Eye-wink

- Your Antwerp (http://your-antwerp.com/) - nice store, lots of different brands and also nice perfumes (CDGs and some other more exotic brands)

There's more, I'll try to post some other stuff later Smiling
stelfox
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8488 posts since 11/3/09

16 Apr 2012 12:56
cheers diederik. i'll be visiting in the next couple months too
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

17 Apr 2012 10:23
www.wecangodutch.com
trailofdavid
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6334 posts since 14/8/09

17 Apr 2012 10:34
Spotted by locals has an Antwerp section and they are usually pretty good.

http://www.spottedbylocals.com/antwerp/
carl lewis
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23649 posts since 14/10/04

18 Apr 2012 14:25
Think someone was looking for hotels in Thailand

keshfu
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560 posts since 19/1/06

18 Apr 2012 19:37
Has anyone been to Bulgaria in the last few years on a beach holiday? Every travel agents we go in seems to suggest it.
d_low
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805 posts since 20/8/10

19 Apr 2012 00:00
My friend went Bulgaria last year. He didn't say too much about it just the beers were dirt cheap. Very touristy though.

Sorry, Not very helpful I know Oops
Ketters
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1055 posts since 8/2/11

19 Apr 2012 00:10
Went Sunny Beach in 2009. Quite a laugh, but it's tacky as fuck and full of Germans and the Dutch. Cheap but no different to what I'd imagine Zante etc are like.