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Re: boring clothes

I know, it does seem strange to recommend Leicester- but most other towns are either too big, or too small ... Strangely enough, Leicestershire is lovely- with the granit and slate village of Swithland and the lovely Bradgage Park and Outwoods (for magnificent bluebelll woods) in the North, and rolling hills and the stone villages of Rutland and Rutland Water- like Oakham and Uppingham, and a bit further on, Stamford. With great castles like Belvoir, Rockingham and Burleigh House. Relatives from Surrey never wanted to visit- but when they did they were amazed at how pretty it is. Surprise

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Re: boring clothes

I have done London in a day 3 times so far. First easyjet flight to gatwick, train or train and tube to Westfield london, last flight back to Geneva. Easy.
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I agree completely Brussels and Antwerp are fantastic for clothes shopping and they do cater for the curvier woman too.

There are a couple of very nice boutiques in the centre if Neuchâtel but neither of them are near the tram line. I'm guessing you mean Rue Du Seyon where the trolley buses ( not the tram) run. There are a couple up that road and another on the pedestrian street running parallel to Rue du Seyon up from the Place des Halles.
Actually, I'm not really sure there is a trolly or tram. It's the one with the canal down the middle. It's on the left if you are walking away from the lake.

It has a window on two streets with the door on the street with the "canal" thing.
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I have done London in a day 3 times so far. First easyjet flight to gatwick, train or train and tube to Westfield london, last flight back to Geneva. Easy.
Yep if you just want to go shopping then that is a really easy day trip option.
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Re: boring clothes

London is indeed fabulous- but you really need to know the town, and what you want- or just limit yourself to Oxford Street, Liberty's and Carnaby Street. Harvey Niks and Harrods are great too, but too far away from the above. If you do not know London, it can be quite daunting to know your way around.
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Actually, I'm not really sure there is a trolly or tram. It's the one with the canal down the middle. It's on the left if you are walking away from the lake.

It has a window on two streets with the door on the street with the "canal" thing.
That was one of the ones I was thinking of. The door is on rue du Seyon and there is a window which usually has really nice things displayed in it on the parallel street behind. Can't for the life of me remember the name of it though.
The road with the 'canal' is indeed Rue du Seyon and has the trolley buses going up and down it. The 'canal' as you call it is actually the river Seyon which they sort diverted a bit on it's path down to lake.
Actually I've just remembered another nice boutique on the pedestrian street where the Migros and MacDonalds are. On the left after Migros next to the old fashioned pharmacy.
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That was one of the ones I was thinking of. The door is on rue du Seyon and there is a window which usually has really nice things displayed in it on the parallel street behind. Can't for the life of me remember the name of it though.
The road with the 'canal' is indeed Rue du Seyon and has the trolley buses going up and down it. The 'canal' as you call it is actually the river Seyon which they sort diverted a bit on it's path down to lake.
Actually I've just remembered another nice boutique on the pedestrian street where the Migros and MacDonalds are. On the left after Migros next to the old fashioned pharmacy.
Yes! That's it. She has nice things.

It's dangerous that canal-river thing! It surprised me more people don't end up in it.
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It's dangerous that canal-river thing! It surprised me more people don't end up in it.
Absolutely, especially when they're trying to jump out of the way of an oncoming trolley bus.
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Re: boring clothes

OP, you can skip Bern .

Some mentioned here Barcelona: indeed, there are very nice stores there (I could buy tons of clothes, shoes, bags) but not all spanish fashion is "wearable" on the streets of Bümpliz, Niederbipp or Moudon. A boutique owner in Bern whom I dared to ask if she would sell clothes like these http://www.olimara.es/colecciones.php?col=pv2014
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Have you tried the boutique "Dossier" in Basel (old town, don't remember the street) ?

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Go to New York on a long weekend shopping trip and never, ever look back... FACT!
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Go to New York on a long weekend shopping trip and never, ever look back... FACT!
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I will never, ever buy clothes in Europe ever again. American clothes are cheaper, cut better for the, er, normal shaped shopper and the choice is excellent - and that's in the back end of nowhere where I do my shopping. I can't imagine how wonderful New York must be.
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I will never, ever buy clothes in Europe ever again. American clothes are cheaper, cut better for the, er, normal shaped shopper and the choice is excellent - and that's in the back end of nowhere where I do my shopping. I can't imagine how wonderful New York must be.

Actually.. having shopped in both.. I assure you that lovely large sprawling malls in the back end of nowhere are far more fun.
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Actually.. having shopped in both.. I assure you that lovely large sprawling malls in the back end of nowhere are far more fun.
Is that working on the same principle which leads to small market town booksellers having way better stuff than famous bookshops in the middle of big cities (where all the gems are snapped up by collectors and things are priced according to market rates, not the random whim of the proprietor)?

If so, then I agree with you wholeheartedly!
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Re: boring clothes

Having spent my last week in Strasbourg, when I was back in Zurich Ifelt immediately some "deadness". I always feel something is wrong in Zurich and cannot really name it, but I think part of it is clothing. I think people in Strasbourg were dressed more appealing to eye (at least to mine) than in Zurich.
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I will never, ever buy clothes in Europe ever again. American clothes are cheaper, cut better for the, er, normal shaped shopper and the choice is excellent - and that's in the back end of nowhere where I do my shopping. I can't imagine how wonderful New York must be.
Actually I love the quality of German brands. They look new much longer.

And Italian brands for shoes
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I know, it does seem strange to recommend Leicester- but most other towns are either too big, or too small ... Strangely enough, Leicestershire is lovely- with the granit and slate village of Swithland and the lovely Bradgage Park and Outwoods (for magnificent bluebelll woods) in the North, and rolling hills and the stone villages of Rutland and Rutland Water- like Oakham and Uppingham, and a bit further on, Stamford. With great castles like Belvoir, Rockingham and Burleigh House. Relatives from Surrey never wanted to visit- but when they did they were amazed at how pretty it is. Surprise
I guess you might be biassed about Leicester. And I'm sure its very nice.

But there are lots of very nice English towns that are actually much closer to airports. If you fly into Birmingham for example, Oxford or Banbury are just short hops on the train. And at least the former has plenty to see and do besides the shopping and the surrounding countryside is pretty fabulous too. If you're more a big city type, Manchester is a generally underrated city, both in terms of shopping and its cultural attractions, and furthermore its all somewhat cheaper than down sowff.
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Actually I love the quality of German brands. They look new much longer.
Totally agree with you - some of the labour is performed in 'lohn' system in Eastern Europe, Turkey or Portugal, and you can see that.

I for one go to Konstanz for short sessions of shopping, and also buy a few things that I really like everywhere I travel to if I come across with something nice (and I often do - Austria, France, Italy, homecountry). I'm not a fan of shopping trips...Besides, you can find nice things in CH too, albeit awfully overpriced.
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Re: boring clothes

I can't find much hope in these replies. Buying planetickets etc. just for shopping seems a bit outrageous to me. I think a stay in Switzerland will be good for my wallet. Anyway I didn't do any clothesshopping since my arrival here.
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Re: boring clothes

I would try the UK: as most towns are more or less the same, it does not really matter which town you go to. If you fly out to Gatwick, you have the option of going to:
London (30 ,mins by train) - I would just try Oxford Street, where you get the standard shops (Zara, Mango, Next, House of Fraser, John Lewis, etc.) to the independent shops.
Brighton (about 45 mins by train) - the Churchill shopping centre (where you get most of the above, but no JL or HoF), or the great Laines shops, where you get very eclectic choice of anything (from goth to romantic to (insert style here).
Guildford (about an hour by train from LGW) - small market town with very nice shopping. You have all the great shops but no JL.

If you are designer-focused, you can also go to Bicester outlet (probably the bus from the London Victoria bus station), where stuff are about swiss prices, but with a designer label.

So, all possible in one day or a weekend even if you mix London/ Brighton. Plus if you book a hotel near Gatwick, it is much cheaper than in London. And you get some lovely bed and breakfasts too.

Try to go when there are sales in the UK - will make you save even more money.

Happy shopping!
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I can't find much hope in these replies. Buying planetickets etc. just for shopping seems a bit outrageous to me. I think a stay in Switzerland will be good for my wallet. Anyway I didn't do any clothesshopping since my arrival here.

If you want to save the price of the plane ticket, just order online from your favorite US shops - many deliver to CH.

Even taking into account shipping and customs duties I still save a bundle. Good quality, choice, and fit, at decent prices. And since there is nothing I hate more than wasting a day shopping, a win all around.
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