Great Shopping in Boynton Beach

Shopping is America’s favorite sport! I’m a woman who loves shopping. The thrill of the hunt, the excitement of the find. Let the men watch sports on television, the real competition is stalking a great sale and coming home with a bargain. I like to shop alone, stealthfully slipping in and out of aisles, always with a keen eye for an unwary buy or unexpected treasure. Some of my girlfriends shop in packs like hunters and gatherers. They swoop in, attack the racks, grab up the best deals and quickly check out before their competition knows what happened. We all live in the Boynton Beach area and these are some of our favorite hunting grounds.

The Boynton Beach Mall is our mall of choice for everyday needs. It’s in a very convenient location and it offers a pleasant shopping experience blending great places to shop with a relaxed neighborhood feel. The main stores are Macy’s, Dillards, JCPenney and Sears, along with over 135 specialty stores and eateries, all set in a freshly renovated Florida garden setting. There’s even a wonderful kids’ play area with a delightful merry-go-round. Many retired people, who we call mallwalkers, enter the mall before it opens to briskly walk back and forth for exercise in a safe, air conditioned environment.

CityPlace in West Palm Beach is an exciting downtown destination set in an open-air plaza where old-world architecture, beautiful fountains, and sidewalk cafes create an atmosphere reminiscent of a European town center. There have many well known shops, fine restaurants, and a 20-screen movie theatre.

Another favorite is the Mall at Wellington Green. This Mediterranean-style mall features over 170 specialty shops and restaurants, plus four 2-level department stores: Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Nordstrom. The 1.3 million-square-foot, two-level mall serves as the premier year-round shopping for residents as well as tourists in the Boynton Beach area.

Now, for our upscale shopping safaris, the girls and I have two favorite sites nearby: Town Center in Boca Raton and the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. Shopping at the Town Center is always an adventure. They have approximately 220 specialty stores including Tiffany, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Cartier, Cole Haan, Burberry, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Hugo Boss, Sephora, Tourneau, Swarovski, Godiva, Anthropologie, Chico’s, The Walking Co., Coldwater Creek, Easy Spirit, Lilly Pulitzer and many others. The department stores are Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sears. And the people watching is amazing.

Shopping at the Gardens Mall is simply divine. This luxurious 1.4 million-square-foot center, featuring over 160 fine specialty shops, is anchored by Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and Sears. The specialty shops include Chanel, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren. This is a world-class shopping destination, which blends award-winning architecture, fine art and natural landscaping with an innovative retail mix, plus casual and fine dining, such as P.F. Chang’s and Brio Tuscan Grille as well as California Pizza Kitchen and Ruby Tuesday. Shopping there is an elegant afternoon. And of course, both malls offer valet parking.

Our appetite for garage and yard sales is satiated by our two favorite flea markets: the Carnival in Delray Beach and the Festival in Pompano Beach. The nearby Carnival Flea Market is a 35,000-square-foot indoor, air conditioned building, with more than 180 booths filled with all new merchandise at discount prices, so you can shop till you drop!

The massive, quarter-mile-long Festival Flea Market Mall is a shoppers’ paradise with over 500 shops, restaurants, fragrance and cosmetic shops, shoe stores, clothing shops, jewelry stores, home furnishing stores and gift boutiques. Some of my girlfriends claim this is the best flea market in South Florida.

Last on my list of favorites is Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise. With over 350 brand name stores and more than 2,380,000-square-feet of retail selling space, it is the sixth largest mall in the United States, and the largest outlet mall in South Florida. When you shop here, plan on spending the whole day and be sure to wear your track shoes…this is not a stroll down Main Street, it’s a trek designed for super shoppers.

Well, that my list of the best shopping in the Boynton Beach area, from top to bottom. I love living here and so does my family, especially when I come home bearing gifts from my shopping expeditions.

Mediolanum – The City of Fashion and Elegance

Have you ever heard the name Mediolanum, the name of the second largest city of Italy. If not, don’t worry, it’s just the old Roman name for Milan, Italy.

Coming to Mediolanum for the first time? Discover this elegant city through the eyes of one who lives there explained in a perfect way for the first time visitors or for those wishing to experience again its unique culture and elegancy.

The crucial start to your Milan visit is to make sure you have all the information you need regarding getting to the city, getting around the city and the most importantly where to stay and where to eat. Be sure to check this comprehensive guide to city Airports (Malpensa and Linate), its metro system or even road and rail network.

If you decide to enjoy its attractions, don’t worry I will explain you all its attractions, from majestic Duomo to the ancient Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio to The Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci. If you are looking for some romantic spots in this city, than Brera don’t can be the right palace for this with its Paris atmosphere or the picturesque views of the Navigli Canals (Grande and The Naviglio Pavese) or Galleria Vittorio Emanuele called the ‘salotto della città’ (The city Lounge) or famous gardens like Gardini Pubblici (Civic Gardens) and many others.

Relax and take one of many tours of the city or to nearby Como Lake or Pavia and Vigevano. And if you would like to do some shopping than it is a heaven for shopping lovers and you will find only the best. Just wait for big sales in July and January every year. Paris and New York might think that they are the fashion capitals of the world, respectively.

But the true inspiration for fashion lovers, designers and fashion models is in the end this city. It offers shopping for those who cannot accept anything but the best. Such stores include Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Armani, Valentino, Laura Biagiotti, Fendi and more. There is something for everyone in Milan streets of fashion.

Milan is a great place to go if you want to look good. The Milanesi are serious people and they are most serious about their fashion, from big Italian names like Prada, Armani to numerous new comers. Put on your best outfit and your most comfortable (and stylish) walking shoes and explore all Milan’s beauty.

Of course I can’t miss two football teams like Milan and Inter! The city’s two football (soccer) teams are presented in detail with both San Siro stadium guides and club histories.

There are a hundred and one good reasons why you should decide to visit this city. If there’s a question that this guide does not answer be sure to drop me a line and I will include it in the site. After all you may not be the only one searching for it.

Magnificent Milan: An Ideal Destination for Fashion Student Tours

As one of Italy’s most beautiful and inspiring cities, a beacon of style for centuries, and a thriving modern fashion hub, Milan is an ideal destination for fashion or textiles related student tours. Spending time here will give your pupils the chance to explore some of the most exciting haute couture shopping districts in Europe, witness the world’s most cutting-edge design at one of the city’s many exhibitions and fashion shows, and discover how fashion and clothing have played an important role in culture throughout Italy’s history. It is worth timing a trip to coincide with a fashion convention or show, but regardless of the time of year here are some of the other treats your group could be in for on a trip to Milan.

Shopping in the Fashion Capital

Milan’s top-end shopping districts are works of art in themselves, and a definite highlight of fashion-related student tours. The Quadrilatero d’Oro, or Golden Rectangle, is lined with graceful mansions built from the 17th-19th centuries and is an architectural gem as well as home to some of Milan’s top couture outlets such as Versace and Armani. Also a must-visit is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a glass-vaulted double arcade located at the heart of the city, framing an octagonal central space topped with a stunning glass dome – a marvel of design and construction. Containing some of the city’s oldest shops and selling some of its most elegant fashions, this is certainly a place to inspire. Stores here include Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.

Fashion further afield

Venturing beyond the high-end stores of this design-rich city can be highly rewarding for those on student tours, as it allows pupils to see the diversity that’s on offer. A visit to the canal-lined Navigli district yields independent fashion boutiques, a vintage market where classic designs and unique materials can be hunted out, and plenty of character-filled cafés where ideas and inspirations can be swapped and discussed.

Fashion through history

Students of fashion or textile design will be well-acquainted with the importance of their subjects in today’s culture. But as student tours can demonstrate, they have also been central to cultural and even political life through history – as many of Milan’s museums and galleries can attest to. Taking a trip through the networked museums of the Castello Sforzesco provides many interesting glimpses into arts, culture and history in Milan – including dress and textiles. For those interested in costume design, meanwhile, the city’s famed opera house, the Teatro alla Scala, has a fascinating museum attached to it. The Museo Teatrale alla Scala collects items relating to Italian operatic and theatrical history, including an array of sumptuous costumes from historic performances.

Rome – Seventh Heaven for Shoppers

Shopping in the Italian capital offers diverse and exciting opportunities to indulge yourself. From high-end fashion to the quirky and individual, everything and anything is available to those looking to do some damage on their credit card. In fact, arriving back at a luxurious Rome design hotel laden with bulging shopping bags is one of the true pleasures of visiting this wonderful city!

Designer Goodies

The Via Condotti is the main street in the city for high end shopping; many of the top designers have their emporiums here. All the great Italian houses have a presence including Fendi, Valentino, Armani, Gucci and Bulgari. The maze of streets criss-crossed out from the famous Spanish Steps (a tourist attraction in their own right) will satisfy the desires of any dedicated follower of fashion. Ferrari has its official merchandise outlet on the Via del Corso, the main street that runs from the foot of the Spanish Steps, and you can buy anything from cheap mugs to watches and sunglasses. Also along the Via del Corso you will find stores for less expensive labels such as Bottega Veneto and North Face.

Antiques and Second-hand Finds

There’s no denying this is an expensive city and it may be a struggle to find a bargain, but searching amongst the offerings in Dal Papa Re, in the Trastevere district, may help you do just that. Dal Papa Re specialises in 18th and 19th century antiques and a keen eye may unearth a genuine treasure.

For art lovers Carlo Virgilio on Via del Lupa is worth a visit; they stock 19th and 20th century drawings at reasonable prices that would make a fabulous souvenir. You may even be lucky enough to spot your Rome design hotel in an original drawing (though, naturally, it will look much changed!).

If second-hand clothes are more your thing and you could see yourself in the iconic fashions of the 1950s or 1960s, pay a visit to Abiti Usati on Via del Governo Vecchio; rummaging amongst the fashions of yesteryear you could come across a classic outfit. If the 1930s are your period of choice, the place to visit is Mado on the same street – where amid the cosy décor you will find beautiful pieces that today’s Italian grandmothers wore in their youth.

Markets

Like all cities Rome has an eclectic mix of markets, selling everything from daily essentials (like fruit and vegetables) to flea market bargains. The Campo de’ Fiori has a daily food market where you can buy wonderful fish alongside typically Italian tablecloths and kitchen utensils. The Porta Portese is the main flea market of the city and is in the Trastevere area, most likely within easy walking distance of your Rome design hotel. New and second hand clothes are on sale alongside terracotta replicas of ancient decorations. It is difficult to find a true bargain, but an hour or two spent walking around the market is an enjoyable way to spend a morning (this market is held on Sundays from 6.30am to 2pm). For antique books, prints and engravings you should visit the Mercato delle Stampe, which is located in Largo della Fontanella di Borghesa and is held every morning, except Sunday.