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Trent
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2041 posts since 18/1/09

2 Jun 2015 20:16
Dusseldorf is an almost perfect budget stag destination by the way.
swiftus
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1640 posts since 1/7/09

3 Jun 2015 13:22
andymakesglasses wrote:
swiftus wrote: Andy - that place looks cool, I think it's going to be a struggle being vegetarian in France. Indian it is!

Sorry, only just noticed this. If you haven't already gone and come back it's not actually that tough being a vegetarian in Paris (I'm one too). Most restaurants and cafés I've been to have been happy to make something vegetarian from scratch if they don't have anything on the menu.

There's a decent Italian place across the road from La Patache that has a few vegetarian options. We usually end up going there for food then across the road for drinks.

Have a look at the Happy Cow website for vegetarian places. I don't think I've actually been to any of these as I tend to be with meat-eaters when I'm in Paris.

No worries. Just got back a couple of days ago, surprisingly, food was great out there. Went to a couple of burger places (Hank and East Side Burgers) which were vegan / veggie friendly, and a more traditional place called Pousse Pousse. Would go so far as to say they were all better than similar places I've been to in London.

Whilst I'm on it, I got a pair sunglasses made by a French brand called Lesca. Heard of them? Thoughts? Bit of an impulse purchase, but they seem decent quality.
Lucas82
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460 posts since 26/10/09

3 Jun 2015 13:30
Any recommendations with Copenhagen? Accommodation, bars clubs etc.
Budget for the hotel is £150 max per night.
Anto
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4081 posts since 19/1/12

3 Jun 2015 13:38
https://www.fuk.co.uk/threads/copenhagen_tips/3/
Lucas82
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460 posts since 26/10/09

3 Jun 2015 13:59
cheers
andymakesglasses
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20641 posts since 26/1/06

3 Jun 2015 14:47
swiftus wrote: Whilst I'm on it, I got a pair sunglasses made by a French brand called Lesca. Heard of them? Thoughts? Bit of an impulse purchase, but they seem decent quality.

Yeah, they're good frames. It's an old company but it was revamped and modernised a bit a couple of years ago when the sons of the owner got involved in the business.
Rirawin
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9577 posts since 17/7/05

3 Jun 2015 18:49
Out of interest, who prefers to book a private (entire) apartment through Airbnb than book a hotel?

For the past three years I've gone with booking apartments for holidays. The only exception being Singapore, where the price of a hotel room was the same as a one bed shoe box apartment.
MoB
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37251 posts since 31/8/04

3 Jun 2015 18:51
I usually look at both and see whats best value for money, done air b&b a few times and it's been good.
andymakesglasses
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20641 posts since 26/1/06

posted 3 Jun 2015 21:38, edited 3 Jun 2015 21:38
Same as MoB. Airbnb usually wins although the last time I was in Paris central hotels were cheaper than what was available on Airbnb.

Ok folks I need some help.

We're visiting Singapore for 3 nights at the end of August on the way to Australia (and again in the middle of September, 2 nights on the way back). What areas should we be looking at to stay in? Basically trying to spend as little as possible (no stereotypical Scotsman). Despite what Rirawin has said above there seems to be a fair amount of decent-sized apartments on Airbnb for ok prices, but I have no clue on areas.

edit: scratch that about the apartments, I was mistaking the per night rate for the whole trip Oops
Mr.X.
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3137 posts since 23/6/13

3 Jun 2015 21:46
No stereotypical Scotsman but I do think of you as pure Scotsman. Ginger, beard n thighs caber tossing in your kilt and glasses.
Rirawin
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9577 posts since 17/7/05

4 Jun 2015 06:34
Central southern area of Singapore is good, which is where a lot of the tourist spots are, Singapore Botanical Gardens, Raffles Hotel, and Marina Bay Sands, as long as it's not way east, west or north. Singapore is such a small country so its very easy to get around.

We did one of those Lastminute.com secret hotel deals and landed with this http://www.parkhotelgroup.com/cityhall/default-en.html, couldn't fault it for the price.
diederik
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3312 posts since 16/8/11

4 Jun 2015 07:27
I doubt that the Raffles & Marina Bay Sands fall in the category "Basically trying to spend as little as possible (no stereotypical Scotsman)" though Laughing out loud
baddie
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2140 posts since 21/7/09

4 Jun 2015 08:06
Andy maybe we can do a meet up Eye-wink
andymakesglasses
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20641 posts since 26/1/06

4 Jun 2015 08:38
diederik wrote: I doubt that the Raffles & Marina Bay Sands fall in the category "Basically trying to spend as little as possible (no stereotypical Scotsman)" though Laughing out loud

Laughing out loud

Thanks Rirawin. What's Bugis like as an area?
Rirawin
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9577 posts since 17/7/05

posted 4 Jun 2015 10:20, edited 4 Jun 2015 10:20
Laughing out loud

I didn't mean as Hotels to stay! Just tourist spots, you can swing by the Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling. As for Marina Bay Sands you have: Giant casino (free entry for foreign passport holders and they serve free drinks while you're there), Shopping Mall with an indoor gondola, Gardens by the Bay (free, apart from the tree top viewing platform).

Bugis is good. It's near the National Singapore Museum and near Orchard Road, the shopping district.

You should definitely do the Night Safari at Singapore Zoo when you're out there Smiling
andymakesglasses
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20641 posts since 26/1/06

4 Jun 2015 10:36
I knew what you meant. We've already got the Night Safari pencilled in, but thanks for that. Anything else you'd recommend?

How did you find the jet lag?
DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

4 Jun 2015 10:46
Jet lag going forward isn't so bad IMO, it's the coming back that kills you
carlos
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973 posts since 20/1/08

4 Jun 2015 10:50
Figured here's as good as any to ask - me and the misses are looking to get away end of september/beginning of october.

We want somewhere that's still fairly hot and sunny. Where's the best bet?
Rirawin
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9577 posts since 17/7/05

4 Jun 2015 10:54
One of the food courts for cheap Hawker stall food. I personally recommend the one in Tiong Bahru.

National Singapore Museum is good for a bit of culture and aircon Eye-wink

Botanical Gardens and/or Gardens by the Bay. The latter is really nice to walk in the afternoon/evening to see the sunset.

If you go to Haji Lane, go during the evenings for the night cafes.

Little India is worth a peak if you're passing by. It certainly isn't special enough to take dedicated a trip there.

I'm pretty good with Jetlag, but if you're really feeling it you can take a late night trip to the Mustafa Centre, it's 24 hour Indian shopping mall that sells everything and I do mean everything Laughing out loud
baddie
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2140 posts since 21/7/09

posted 4 Jun 2015 12:29, edited 4 Jun 2015 12:29
there's a new wildlife attraction named river safari.

there's a dim sum place near mustafa which is very popular amongst locals, but i wouldn't say it's fantastic, but still worth a visit.

Bugis is near haji lane, and if youre a musuem person, there are quite a few within close proximity. You can go to chijmes at night for some drinks, nice place.

You should also visit gardens by the bay, like the place personally.