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Filter Airbnb rooms for Eiffel tower view

I am looking for a room with Eiffel tower view. I can't seem to find any relevant filter (which I understand is too specific, but on the other hand too iconic to ignore). Any ideas how to approach ...
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How do small local Malay restaurants in non-touristy areas in Malaysia work?

I've been in Johor Bahru over two weeks now and I've been to Malaysia quite a few times, and I've been around Southeast Asia a fair bit. But I can't figure this out and haven't run into it elsewhere. ...
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What is this contraption?

Below is a screenshot captured from a Google Street View scene. The scene shows a travellers' camp in Norfolk county in the The United Kingdom. It contains a mixture of the old and the new: a bowtop ...
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What do Italians call the striped doorway curtains seen commonly in Burano and elsewhere?

Is there an Italian name for the doorway curtains found especially in towns in the Venice lagoon, such as Burano? How would a local go about purchasing these?
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Japan - Any places similar to Midnight Diner?

I'm planning a trip to Japan later this year with my parents. My parents are huge fans of the Netflix show Midnight Diner (深夜食堂). While I know the actual restaurant in Midnight Diner is fake and the ...
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Eating at Tsukiji Outer Market from 31 December to 3 January (Public Holiday)

I want to ask about the Tsukiji Outer Market. It will be my first time in Tokyo and although I have checked several sources , some questions cannot be answered. According to youtube, www.japan-guide....
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Tropical islands, Berlin, Germany. Inflatable "toys"?

Me and my family are going to Tropical Islands in a few weeks and my three year old wants to bring his inflatable submarine, is that allowed? I tried to find something on their webpage but I couldn'...
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How to avoid "overtourism" in Japan?

Recently there are many news stories about "overtourism" in Japan: Whilst Japan’s promotion as a tourist destination is incredibly important, JNTO is aware of cases of ‘overtourism’ in ...
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An authentic way to celebrate Novruz in Azerbaijan

The thing is that Novruz in İçərişəhər would be quite crowdy and touristy. We would like to see something more genuine and less official. As an example, I was inspired by this Novruz in Kyrgyzstan. I ...
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Am I allowed to use an enclosed flame gas cooker during the outdoor fire ban in Sweden

There is a fire ban in Sweden because of the drought and forest fire danger. It of course includes open fires, charcoal grills and the like. But I can't find information explicitly about non-open ...
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Getting from Delhi Airport to Delhi Cantt

I'm going to be arriving at Delhi Airport in the afternoon, and plan to take a night train departing from Delhi Cantt station (DEC). My current approach would be to take the airport metro to Dwarka ...
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Where do I reach Japanese locals online? [closed]

I'm looking for a forum or similar where I can ask question like "Does this store still exist in Akashi, Hyōgo?" or "How is the selection of kitchenware in the mall in X?". Often I am wondering about ...
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What is France's traditional costume?

I like to see, and sometimes buy, traditional clothes when traveling in a new country. Though you seldom see people in poncho and sombrero in Mexico (at least in the Federal District), you can see ...
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Where can I get personalised designs on Turkmen carpets in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan?

If possible, I'd like to get my own designs incorporated in to a Turkmen carpet while I am visiting Ashgabat this summer. I'm not sure if it is a service directly offered or not - and if not, if it ...
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Finding good Escape Rooms in Budapest?

Escape Rooms/Games are a relatively new entertainment that seem to be cropping up in cities across the world. I've been reading over and over again that Budapest has a lot of escape rooms -- is this ...
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Where can I buy a pre-paid SIM card that will work in Andorra?

I am landing at the airport in Lleida, Spain and travelling to Pas de la Casa, Andorra. I am new to travelling in general. I want two SIM cards that will allow me ~8 GB each of internet access, and ...
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Where do I get some locals' help or advice about traveling to their country? [closed]

I love traveling and I travel a lot either solo or with friends. But in some countries I face specific problems connected with different languages, peculiar traditions and lifestyle, or simply with ...
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What is "Sprinter" in the Netherlands?

I am trying to avoid construction traffic on Friday morning drive and found a route marked "Sprinter". What does sprinter mean / imply in the Netherlands? Is it a bus? Is it not for driving?
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Are izakaya where the bartender doesn't stand opposite the bar inauthentic?

Most izakaya I've been to have the bartender standing on the other side of the bar, or even consist solely of a bar. However, I've been to two places that called themselves an izakaya where the ...
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Can I reserve a beach spot by leaving an umbrella and lounge chair overnight (Italy)?

During August the beaches in Italy are notoriously crowded and unless you arrive early (and we're talking before sunrise in some places), you cannot get a spot close to water. I have observed that ...
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Received gestures in UK pubs: pint versus half-pint

People who do not speak English well, or even people who do not want to speak a lot, will often resort to received gestures to indicate what they are after. Some of these are almost universally ...
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Is there a hawker stall selling local food in walking distance from Changi airport?

I have five hours between flights at Changi Airport and Scoot made me collect my bags between them, meaning I'm not airside. My favourite thing in Singapore is the cheap traditional food in the local ...
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Taming the nightmare of public toilets in the UK

Public toilets in the UK are established and maintained by the local authorities, most commonly local councils. This is great for people that advocate local autonomy, but a hellish nightmare for ...
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What do locals call San Francisco?

I heard that San Franciscans hate nicknames like "San Fran" or "Frisco". If I want to travel around San Francisco without sounding like a rube, what should I call it?
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What street foods can I eat in Italy?

Sometimes I don't want to go eat at restaurants. So, What are the typical foods that are available on streets in Italy?
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Possibility of meeting people with the name Vasco da Gama in Portugal? [closed]

Is it still possible to meet people with the famous name Vasco da Gama In Portugal?
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A cosy café in central Paris that is open late at night?

I'm looking for a late night café in Paris which has the following requirements: Open late or all night (until at least 1 AM) on Fridays or Saturdays Café or a wine bar No crowd, as few people as ...
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The Leh Ladakh "ban of non-local vehicles" situation status?

This is an email I received from Zoom Car on July 28 Dear Zoomer, This is a follow-up on the Ladakh Travel Advisory (about ban of non-local vehicles including self-drive rented cars) we had ...
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Are there any department stores in Salzburg?

As part of my travels I currently find myself in Salzburg, where the streets are filled with stores, but as far as I can tell no larger malls. Are there any department stores similar to Macy's (USA), ...
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Where can I see snake charmers in India?

I know that snake charming is mostly a myth nowadays in India; yet, are there some places, likely tourist traps, where one can see this marvelous performance? Same question for the rope trick, ...
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Which are safe and unsafe regions in Iran?

Now there's a lot of propaganda in the west that leads us to believe Iran is dangerous and travellers shouldn't go there. Obviously there are major political disagreements between several governments ...
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Australian passport processing time overseas

I went into the consulate the other day to apply for the renewal of my Australian passport as I was born there and haven't renewed it in the past year. I had all the documents in order and the ...
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How would you refer to / search on this Alpine region?

Alpine Locals, noticing the area I have shaded in Photoshop ... I'm totally confused whether that would be the "North Tirol", "southern German Tirol", Oberammergauer, Unterammergau, cis-Austrian-...
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Where is "Rue des Tourterelles" in Mauritius?

I am looking for RUE DES TOURTERELLES, BAIE DU TOMBEAU, MAURITIUS. This street seems to exist, it was even the address of this company. But impossible to find where in Baie du Tombeau it is exactly. ...
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What do people do on National Anthem Day in Romania

While planning a trip, I was looking through a list of public holidays for Romania on wikipedia. I'm interested to learn about National Anthem Day ("Deșteaptă-te, române!"). According to the ...
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Tourist guide for self-made holiday [closed]

I usually travel planning the vacation by myself. During my holiday I notice a real difference between cities visited alone from cities visited with a local friend of mine. How can I find an "...
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Are there ley lines in Bangladesh?

Does any one know of ley lines (or major/minor vortices) in Bangladesh ? Especially near Dhaka ? Even around the Indian Bangladesh border should be alright.
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Petrol station in Folkestone before boarding the Eurotunnel train

Where is the most convenient petrol station to fill up if we have some spare time before boarding the Eurotunnel train? Is it possible to fill-up after checking-in? We will be driving from London.
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How do you choose a restaurant when travelling?

When travelling almost everyone wants to enjoy a local meal. It's part of the travelling experience. If you're not careful, you may end up in an expensive, "extremely" tourist-oriented place, which ...
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How do I become a better tourist guide for my own city or country?

I'm planning a trip to Melbourne, which is only a short plane trip away from Sydney, and currently I'm planning on using the same information sources to plan my trip that I'd use for anywhere else in ...
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Places in and around Bangalore [closed]

Like most of them in Bangalore, I am a software professional, new to the city. I heard a lot about Bangalore and that there are so many beautiful locations in and around the city. Please share a few ...
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Avoiding or minimising altitude sickness?

From my personal anecdotal experience, I've seen first-hand some horror stories with altitude sickness. I will always tell people now to acclimatise, drink fluids, and follow the local tricks like ...
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Hostel location in Vancouver

I'm eyeing up a property in Burnaby to stay in Vancouver. Is this a suitable area? It claims it's only 15 min by Skytrain to downtown, but often that doesn't mean much - is that really accessible? By ...
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