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Giggle Opens New Baby Store in Soho | MommyPoppins

High-end baby retailer Giggle recently opened its new Soho boutique just blocks away from its previous store. The single-floor store—its third in NYC—aims to speak to design-conscious parents with a unique layout of its baby and toddler furnishings, toys, clothing and, of course, all that other gear like strollers and car seats.

At 1,800 square feet, it’s smaller in size than its Upper East and West Side shops, but the cozier digs were intentional, it says. Giggle turned to a new store design that might remind some shoppers of a prettier, sweeter version of Ikea’s showrooms. It carved out four separate sections within the store to create a series o nursery “vignettes,” or layouts, so parents can see its stylish wares set up in different ways. Innovative shelving makes use of the vertical space giving the whole NYC children’s shop a sophisticated and airy feel to it.

The new Soho space replaces the retailer’s original neighborhood location on Wooster, which closed in October to make room for the new store.

Regulars will recognize the brand’s familiar striped awning outside and colorful striped chandeliers throughout the store, but the rest of the look will feel new. The product lineup is very much the same, just presented differently. For example, toys at the front are grouped by interest with a musical section, imagination toys and cozier, plush ones on another table. 

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One of the four vignettes, or nursery layouts, lets parents imagine the possibilities.

Beth Guastella, giggle’s CEO, was on hand for the store opening in late November. “The inspiration was to speak to smart, clean design, plus happy for today’s design-conscious new parents,” she later told us. “We created four distinct nursery settings to showcase our nursery furniture and décor assortment, as inspiration to our customers.”

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The retailer carries furniture and baby gear, but also modern toys, sweet layettes and gifts. Photo by Mommy Poppins.

The store continues to offer its signature stroller parking and you will find a bathroom and changing table available for tots. While there’s no designated play area, kids can test out any of the many toys on display. Although my son is well past the baby and toddler days, I have to admit I still found myself drooling over the new style of highchairs and modern toys stocked by giggle. You’ll be lucky to escape here without handing over your credit card.

giggle Soho is located at 451 West Broadway between Prince and Houston Streets.

The new design encourages shopping in a low-stress, pretty environment, making it hard to leave!

Top photo: Giggle’s new home in Soho includes mini nursery showrooms carved into the store. All images provided by giggle except where noted.

New and Improved — Mama & Tata

Way back when, when I was pregnant with my first child, approximately 7 years ago, there was only one shop I loved, and it was Giggle in soho. They were a small boutique, where I ended up befriending my regular salesperson, because she was just the coolest, and it made the search for the endless newborn products easy and enjoyable. They were well-curated with only the best products and furniture on the market, so even if you were new to the baby game, you kind of couldn’t go wrong in this shop.

I remember walking into stores like Bye Bye Baby and feeling so overwhelmed by the sensory overload surrounding me, I’d literally run out the door. I was sad to see Giggle go a few years back, even though I was past that phase of life, however they are now under new ownership, back as an online store, and better than ever!

Erin Moennich has found all of the best baby products and will even be starting her own line to add to her site. She has a very well-curated layette available for purchase and has partnered with Darian Ablon to create a quality private label collection of children’s pajamas and clothing at affordable prices. For all of you new Mamas out there, this will be your go-to for all things baby.

How many years have you been in business in NYC?

The Giggle store was founded in 2003 by a busy mom in Tribeca. At the time, it curated the best products for city moms who had limited space and time. The company operated successfully for many years but closed its doors in 2017. Because we shopped and registered at the old Giggle (and loved it!) we felt its closing left a big hole in the market. We are four moms working together to bring back the best parts of Giggle to the market and sell and produce items that we love for our own children.

How did you get your start and what was your initial inspiration?

Erin: I’ve worked in retail for over 15 years, first at Bloomingdales and most recently at Louis Vuitton. After the birth of my daughter in 2017, I became fascinated by the kids space. The choices out there for parents can be overwhelming! Giggle always had a great curated edit with amazing products. We wanted to bring back the best parts of Giggle, but in a new and modern way, with a focus on online shopping and community.

Darian: My two boys are a constant source of inspiration for me! Since working in finance, I have consulted with many different brands, from workout apparel to jewelry. It’s nice to focus on something so close to home since being a full-time mom is my number one and most important job!

What do you feel differentiates you from others in your field?

Creating our own line of Giggle branded products is a focus for us. We are working on amazing and unique products but at accessible prices – never compromising on quality. Our first line, coming out next week, consists of PJs and layette items. We are producing mainly from Peru using the best organic, Pima cotton. We worked with a NY-based, super-talented print designer to create whimsical prints that are unique to Giggle. We have onesies, receiving blankets, towels, hats, bibs and pajamas for children up to six years old. When we created this line, we thought of the pieces we wish we had as mothers! Go-to gifting items and interchangeable accessories all of a level of quality that can be passed down to siblings or cousins, alike.

What do you feel gives you longevity in this big city with so many options?

The way that people are shopping these days is changing so rapidly! Parents want an easy and dependable resource for shopping – from re-upping everyday essentials to discovering a new brand or product they didn’t even know they needed! We will be online, so that parents can access us anytime of the day (or during those middle-of-the-night feedings), but we will also create dynamic, fun events and pop-ups around the city – coming soon!

How do you positively impact your clientele?

We want to create a wholly inclusive and accessible community for parents (and anyone with children in their lives) around our brand. We’ve started a section of our site called Giggle Experts where we feature different moms and dads who have interesting stories and tips to share from their lives. Becoming a parent is really exciting, but can also be scary, and we want all parents out there to know that they are not alone! We get it and we are with them. We share in the joy and the challenges of parenthood and they can always rely on Giggle for the most trusted products and advice.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Meeting other women (many of whom are mothers) who are creating amazing businesses! Since we relaunched our site, we have had so many people reach out to us regarding opportunities and partnerships. We find the kids market in particular extremely inclusive and supportive.

What is your favorite secret NYC spot?

Erin: Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn – it has a line around the corner before opening their doors every night at 6PM. The pizza really is that incredible!

Darian: Blue Ribbon wine bar in the West Village – for a quiet place to escape, great music and some wine of course!

How do you benefit mamas?

We curate products from other brands and create products under our own brand that are trusted, unique, safe and fun! We want to take the legwork out of gifting.

What is the most memorable feedback a client has given you?

We take client feedback very seriously! We’ve had a ton of emails asking for the Giggle crib, which we are bringing back in May. We want to create more opportunities for our clients to tell us what they want and need.

Pay it forward and name your top colleagues in the same field or related field.

Alexa Leigh – a close friend, mom and a Giggle collaborator (products coming soon!) who has an amazing jewelry line that we all know and love.

Terez – another close friend, mom and Giggle collaborator who is creating amazing product with a very important, powerful and impactful message to the community!

Jenny Fleiss – co founder of the very successful Rent the Runway who is now at the helm of Walmart’s JetBlack, revolutionizing moms’ lives on a minute to minute basis!

Sam Alston – Erin’s former colleague at Louis Vuitton who struck out to create her own experiential retail business called Big Lives. Sam creates amazing pop-ups in unique locations around the NYC featuring new designers.

What is the best advice anyone’s ever given you? Or what is your “mantra” / words to live by?

Erin: My first boss at Bloomingdale’s told me – “You can win at business while still being totally yourself, you just need to define what that means.” I believe in a really inclusive work environment and that you need to enjoy what you do everyday or what’s the point?! We are working on bringing this spirit to Giggle, through the Giggle Experts, the products that we create, and, in the future, the partnerships that we pursue.

Darian: I echo that sentiment! Most of the projects I’ve been working on lately have been born out of my own personal interests or things that I enjoy and use in life. It never really feels like work when you’re doing things you love! I enjoy sharing my finds with my people because without sharing, what is a good find anyway?

As moms, the day can escape us, what is your best time-saving trick?

Erin – Instacart, I couldn’t get through my week without it!

Darian – talk to text! Until I grow a third arm anyway 😉

Upscale children’s retailer Giggle closes two of three locations; unclear how long third will remain open

Giggle is closing its three New York City stores.

The city-based children’s gear and clothing retailer shuttered stores in SoHo and on the Upper East Side, and merchandise is being consolidated at the store on the Upper West Side, which is currently open. A salesperson there could not say how much longer it would remain. Giggle also owns stores in San Francisco, Santa Monica and Denver.

Giggle ceased e-commerce operations as well and placed a banner on advertising a “secret sale” of 50% off at brick-and-mortar locations. An automated message in response to customer service inquiries stated in part: “The only option to make a purchase is to visit one of our stores listed below. The four stores are planning to be open going forward” and included an apology.

Shoppers at the city’s remaining store, at 352 Amsterdam Ave., found mostly bare shelves by this afternoon. In the back, employees were piling up inventory from the other stores, which was arriving in Home Depot boxes labeled “feeding,” “toys,” “bath” and “boys’ clothing.

About a dozen shoppers were there scouring the leftovers.

“I’m annoyed because I have a $100 gift card,” said Kim Gratenstein, who was shopping with her 5-month-old boy. “I just found out they’re closing, and there’s nothing left.” She finally picked out an activity center.

Giggle offers a registry program and customer-loyalty points. Patrons were unsure what would happen to items they had registered for and points they had accumulated.

The company was founded in 2002 and has raised $47 million since 2010, according to Crunchbase, with the idea of making it easy for parents to pick out baby gear that met quality and safety criteria. In February 2016 Giggle acquired a premium baby gear retailer called Right Start.

Giggle’s store closures come on the heels of other turmoil in the category. Kids’ clothing company Gymboree announced it would close 350 stores nationwide as it filed for bankruptcy. Locally the maternity and newborn store Upper Breast Side cited online competition when it announced it would close this month after 18 years on the Upper West Side.

Giggle did not reply to a request for comment.

How to get to Giggle in Manhattan by Subway, Bus or Train

Public Transportation to Giggle in Manhattan

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Looking for the nearest stop or station to Giggle? Check out this list of stops closest to your destination: W Houston St/La Guardia Pl; Av Of the Americas/Prince St; Spring St [A,C,E]; Prince St [N,Q,R]; Broadway/Prince St; Av Of the Americas/Spring St; 6 Av/W Houston St; Broadway-Lafayette St [B,D,F,M,4,6]; Houston St [1,2]; Spring St [4,6x,6].

You can get to Giggle by Subway, Bus or Train. These are the lines and routes that have stops nearby – Bus: B39, M1, M15, M20, X28 Train: PATH Subway: 1, C, E, R, W

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Giggle me: Retail just for kids on the rise

By Liana Grey

Several months ago, Brooks Brothers opened its first children’s store in Manhattan, on Madison Avenue and 86th Street.

With Catimini, a trendy boutique for school kids, and Baby Cottons, a sleepwear shop, all within the span of several blocks, Madison Avenue has fast become a shopping destination for affluent parents.

“Normally people move to the suburbs, but people are tending to stay,” said Gary Alterman, a senior vice president at RKF. Between 2000 and 2006, according to the New York Times, Manhattan’s five-and-under crowd increased by over 32%, and has only continued to boom.

Kid-centric retailers are picking up on this trend: over the last decade, Alterman has helped New York Kids Club, a play center for infants through 12-year-olds, secure five locations across Manhattan. Two are on the Upper West Side, a traditional magnet for young families. Others serve children in the Upper East Side, Gramercy Park, and TriBeCa.

As strollers crowd the city’s sidewalks in greater numbers, the company is looking to expand; already, it’s opened a recreation space near Montague Street, a vibrant retail corridor in Brooklyn Heights. Next on the list is Park Slope, Alterman said. In nearby Boerum Hill, Gumbo, an artsy boutique, sells handcrafted gifts and offers music classes for toddlers – as well as sewing and Spanish lessons for their parents.

“Brooklyn is a hot place,” said Alterman. But children’s stores are popping up in emerging neighborhoods citywide. Giggle, an upscale clothier with outposts in SoHo and upper Manhattan, is scouting sites in Long Island City, where a handful of luxury towers have attracted families in recent years.

Soon, Alterman predicts that Roosevelt Island, a small slice of suburbia between midtown and Queens, will see an influx of child-friendly retail.

Outside the five boroughs, downtown Jersey City has seen a fair share of activity. Next Step Broadway, a dance studio on the ground floor of Hamilton Square, a condominium development that opened last fall, offers tap and jazz classes for toddlers.

When a pediatric practice launched elsewhere in the development, “parents went crazy,” said Sawyer Smith, director of sales at the building. A baby supply shop recently leased a 400 s/f storefront, Smith said, and will provide neighborhood families with basics like diapers and bottles when it opens next month.

Duck Duck Goose, a consignment shop on Erie Street, sold clothing for youngsters before shutting down last May.

While trendy neighborhoods like Hamilton Park are prized for their quaint shops and green spaces, their public schools can leave much to be desired. To accommodate affluent parents, “there’s been a proliferation of private schools,” said Alterman.

Down the block from Hamilton Square is Hamilton Park Montessori, an institution serving preschoolers through nine year olds that, according to a recent advertisement, offers bilingual programs in Hindi, Chinese, French, and Spanish.

The Avenues World School, an academy with study-abroad campuses across Europe and Asia, is under construction on Tenth Avenue in far west Chelsea, and is slated to open next year.

Several years after opening in the East Village, the Blue School, a preschool founded by a member of the Blue Man Group, a popular theater troupe, leased space for a new academy near the South Street Seaport, in one of the city’s hottest new residential enclaves.

“Another school is opening on Broadway and Bowling Green,” Alterman added. “They’re down on Wall Street, on Broad Street.”

Where schools are built – whether in recent months or decades ago – retail for the pint-sized naturally tends to follow. Last month, Winick Realty secured a lease for Beehives and Buzzcuts, a children’s hair salon, on First Avenue between 21st and 22nd Street. At the 2,500 s/f shop, young style mavens can get haircuts and pedicures and throw birthday parties.

“With five schools in the area and the large number of families living in nearby Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, this is the ideal location for Beehives & Buzzcuts,” said Brian Tregerman, who represented the salon’s owner and landlord along with Joseph Isa, a managing director at Winick.

Though classes don’t begin until September, some stores have already kicked off back-to-school promotions, said Alterman, the RKF broker.

The frenzy to purchase school supplies and autumn clothes, which usually begins around mid-July, accounts for over 16% of annual retail sales, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

After several glum seasons, the ICSC predicts that sales are slated to rise by 3%, to a total of $39 billion.
That’s good news for trendy boutiques like Giggle and big-box retailers alike – as well as businesses that keep children entertained while mom and dad shop for binders and colored pencils.

CB Richard Ellis is helping KidZania, a chain of outdoor “edutainment” centers located near malls, select a flagship location in New York or Los Angeles. At outposts around the globe, including Mexico City, parents drop off their children while they shop.

“For families, KidZania is entertaining, engaging, educational and fun,” said Cammie Dunaway, head of global marketing at KidZania. “For malls, it provides high repetition entertainment that drives traffic.”

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Giggle Santa Monica Opens with a Great Cause

The first time I stepped into a Giggle store was a crisp fall Manhattan afternoon. The year was 2005, and my husband and I were out for a stroll with our 3-month-old daughter, Gigi. The colorful striped awning, which has become their signature look, caught my eye from across the street, and I immediately knew this baby store was not like the rest.

I entered the store and had to stop a minute to take it all in. I couldn’t decide what I liked best—the modern bedding sets, best-in-class highchairs, cool toys or gifts—even the dedicated “stroller parking” for our fancy Bugaboo made me realize that parents everywhere were thanking founder Ali Wing for finally bringing hip and smart to the baby world.

It’s been six years since Ali and her team opened that flagship store in Soho, and now Giggle boasts 14 locations nationwide, including their most recent addition, Santa Monica. In honor of the store’s grand opening, Ali hosted a night of shopping to celebrate and to kick off their Great Giggle Giveback program. Giggle has teamed up with non-profit Baby Buggy, founded by Jessica Seinfeld, to help families in need by providing essential baby items like gently used furniture, gear and clothing.

Watch Ali in action as she talks about the Giggle philosophy and how they have committed to making a difference through the Great Giggle Giveback.

Inspiring to say the least! Want to get involved too? Melisa and I had the pleasure of attending the event where we met up with Ali and chatted about how the Project Nursery community can get involved. We will be sharing more information about Baby Buggy and where you can make a donation, so stay tuned for more details.

The store was buzzing with celebrity parents and local Giggle fans, who were on hand to support the cause and, of course, browse and buy the most fantastic baby products on the market.

Our friends Tiffani Thiessen and Lonni Paul came out to support and co-host the event. Bill Horn and Scout Masterson, aka The Gunkles, shopped with their little girl Simone in tow, and we chatted nursery design with James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly who just announced they are expecting their second child. We want to thank team Giggle for including Project Nursery in this fun and motivating night. We have been loyal fans from the beginning, and we are sure our readers will be hooked now too!

Last laugh for Soho as Giggle moves in.


Page URL: HTML link: <a href=”</a> Citations: In yet another prominent lease that will introduce a marquis retailer to Soho, the team of Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman, and Joseph A. Aquino, Executive Vice President, of Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Retail Leasing and Sales Division exclusively represented the landlord in the long-term leasing of 120 Wooster Street to Giggle.

Giggle is named the “new parent store” because of its extraordinary selection of the finest and most stylish infants’ merchandise, nursery furnishings, bedding, apparel and baby care products.

The store will serve as the New York flagship for the San Francisco-based retailer, according to the pair, whose commitment to Soho’s ongoing retail transformation has earned them recognition as the preeminent Soho specialists.

Situated between Prince and Spring Streets, the 4,500-s/f shop, which consists of a ground and lower selling level, is slated to open in Fall 2005.

“We have successfully leased several Soho addresses in the past few years, bringing cutting-edge tenants such as Lacoste, G-Star Raw and Dusica Dusica to the trendy area,” explains Ms. Consolo. “The addition of Giggle to the neighborhood’s exciting retail line-up is further evidence of its resurgence.”

Notes Mr. Aquino, “Giggle is opening at the right time and, most certainly, in the right location. Soho’s unique blend of architecture, refreshing sense of style and 24/7 pedestrian traffic understandably made it the retailer’s destination of choice.”

Madison HGCD represented Giggle in negotiations.

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90,000 Upgrade to a colorful kitchen – Janovic

When you entertain guests, or when you have the whole family at home, where is the meeting place? In the kitchen, of course! Previously, this room was used exclusively for cooking, but now it is a buzzing bundle of snacks and giggles. Bring this energy into your space with your favorite shade and make your kitchen colorful!

Green means Go!

Green is the perfect color to paint your kitchen space. Natural shades will enliven walls, especially when paired with black, white or metallic. The final ingredient to add effect to this space is wood finishing touches for design elements like bar stools or even countertops.

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Colorful cuisine: Blue for the main course

We’ve always been a fan of the blues, but when it comes to colorful cuisine, that peaceful hue takes the cake.Blue is a wonderful color for creating welcoming spaces. Add some white cabinets and design accents to create an airy space that people will want to return to for seconds.

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Increase the shine for your kitchen

Vibrant colors will surely energize your cooking and entertainment space. But what about the finish line you will be using? Depending on your cooking style, you may have different oils and moisture in the atmosphere, which can also collect on the walls. Stay one step ahead of cleaning and opt for extra gloss. It is wise, at least on one level, to switch to eggshell or satin. This will make your walls guaranteed to be wiped clean without leaving marks.

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How can we help?

Janovic will help you find the perfect paint for your colorful kitchen. In all of our Janovic stores you will find Benjamin Moore paints and paint supplies for your next project! Our experts can also provide advice and advice.Visit any of our locations to get started today!

Shopping in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – Shopping

Sharm el-Sheikh can be safely called the best resort place in Egypt. It has everything you need for a pleasant, memorable vacation: beautiful nature, warm sea, good hotels and a lot of entertainment. Some travelers come here just to get new experiences, while others want to combine business with pleasure.One of the most enjoyable activities among tourists is shopping in Sharm El Sheikh.

Shopping in Sharm El Sheikh

You can bring from this wonderful place not trivial magnets, souvenirs and unnecessary goods. In Sharm el-Sheikh it is possible to buy high-quality and inexpensive things, jewelry, spices, hookah, textiles, papyrus and much more.

Before making a purchase, you need to know that prices for goods can vary greatly in different areas of this resort town.Be sure to visit Old Market or “Old Market” , it is located in the area of ​​ Hadaba . You can get there by bus or taxi, and the market is open from noon to 12 am.

A good place for shopping is Naama Bay . This is where the big shops “Naama Center” and “Panorama Star” are located. Their assortment is striking in its variety: clothes, sports goods, various accessories, bright decorations, souvenirs. Both shopping centers are open from 12 am to 10 pm.

Many shoppers in Sharm El Sheikh like Soho Square . It’s not just that, because the best stores with a wide range of goods are located there. There is a brand shop on the square that offers sunglasses from famous brands. All retail outlets on Soho Square are open from 13:00 to 11 am, seven days a week .

Shopping prices in Sharm El Sheikh

Products in this resort town may be of the same quality, but different in value.It should be emphasized that shops in Sharm El Sheikh are scattered throughout the city. You can buy different groups of goods, including products, at a bargain price at Old Market . But shopping on the Naama Bay promenade cannot be called cheap.

In any store in Sharm El Sheikh, you need a trader

Jewelry stores

Gold products are sold almost everywhere in Sharm El Sheikh. It is worth buying them in specialized retail outlets so as not to become the owner of a fake. There is no need to purchase jewelry directly from your hands, because very often they offer not gold, but a fake.

Of course, good jewelry stores in Sharm El Sheikh can be found. They are located in large shopping centers.

Gold and silver items are sold in the following places:

• shopping center “Naama Center”; • “Old Market” market; • shopping center “Panorama Star”; • in shops located on Soho Square.

When purchasing jewelry in any of the above places, you should ask the seller for a quality certificate.This is the main rule to remember when shopping for jewelry in Sharm El Sheikh.

Clothing stores

You can and should replenish your wardrobe with beautiful things in Sharm el-Sheikh. It makes no sense to name a specific department or address where clothes are sold, since there are a huge number of retail outlets throughout the city. You can look for interesting shops while walking along the streets, or you can do it easier, go to the nearest shopping center or market and buy things of excellent quality, local or Turkish tailoring.

All clothing stores are usually open until late at night.

In the shops of Sharm el-Sheikh you can find not only summer outfits, but also fur coats and sheepskin coats. Fur products are not very popular among visitors, because they are not of very high quality.

Shopping in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt: Photos and Videos



Those who have been to Sharm will start to giggle cheerfully as they read the title of the article.Indeed, shabby pyramid souvenirs in endless dirty shops, oriental sweets, which are abundant in Russia, plus dusty “arafatki” shawls are the only catch of the average tourist in Egypt. The average person, that is, one who came to Sharm el-Sheikh to swim and look at fish, and at the end of the rest, ran through the shops for souvenirs from Egypt.

We have compiled our story guide to help Russians who first came to Egypt. And following the example of the program “What? Where? When?” we will answer three similar questions: “What? Where? How?”:

  • What to buy in Sharm El Sheikh?
  • Where to shop?
  • How to bargain correctly in order to save hard-earned money?

What to Buy

According to the reviews of Russian tourists, the choice of goods in Egypt is small. Usually buy:

  • Souvenirs: papyri (the price of a quality scroll is $ 3), magnets, figurines.
  • Hookahs.
  • Aromatic oils.
  • Oriental sweets.
  • Hibiscus tea (approx. 10 $ kg).
  • Fruit – guava, dates, strawberries (approx. $ 1 kg).
  • Handmade bags, wallets, belts from local factories.
  • Leather jackets, dresses, sheepskin coats and fur coats.

Buy flavored oil in pharmacies . The storage regime is observed there. Be aware that the most useful first (cold) pressed oil is poured only into glass. Do not buy black cumin oil and other natural oils in plastic containers. There are fixed price pharmacies and pharmacies in Sharm where post-bargaining discounts are available. Black cumin oil (0.5 liter bottle) costs $ 10. Don’t overpay!

For tea, fruits and national spices, head to market (and for more information here).A wide selection, decent quality and a reasonable price. At the same time, visit the fish stall “Fish Market” , which sells and immediately cooks seafood for the locals.


“I was in Sharm in May 2017. Accidentally came across a fish store in Old Market. I bought 2 kg of crabs for $ 2. They were cooked in my presence: they stuffed the abdomen with spices, fried them. Delicious! You cannot compare with hotel food. ”

El Kans and Emily factories – famous Egyptian firms of leather bags, briefcases and wallets. Their products are sold in any center, but the best store in Sharm el-Sheikh – “Leather” is located in the Old City, at Old Market . The bags are expensive. The most profitable purchase is things made of reptile skin (snakes, crocodiles). In Moscow, you will pay $ 1000 for an exotic bag, while in Egypt you can buy a similar one for $ 250.

Taboo for tourists

Do you want to part with $ 1000, see your name in the black list of persons who are prohibited from coming to Egypt? No? Then forget about sea urchins, coral flowers and sea shells! They are considered the national wealth of the country, and their export is prohibited. Save your receipt for any purchased coral souvenirs. It will also be required by customs officers for antique-type souvenirs (jugs, amphorae, etc.).

Where to shop

Shops in Sharm El Sheikh are everywhere. There are only two types of buildings in the city: hotels and shops. Diving clubs, residential buildings are a rare exception. In the shops near the hotels, you can safely purchase rubber slippers and snorkel masks. In supermarkets it is convenient to choose household chemicals, groceries, small souvenirs, toys for babies (for more information here).But when the question: “What to bring from Sharm el Sheikh?” will begin to torment you with a sword of Damocles at night, go to respectable places:

  • IL Mercato (address: El Fanar street, Hadaba district). The center is expensive, but with quality goods.
  • Panorama Star (Naama Bay). Shopping center.
  • SOHO Area . Arcade of shops of all directions.
  • Clubbers (Naama Bay). Clothes for lovers of discos and extraordinary outfits from Amsterdam.
  • Naama Center (Bahain Street). Big mall.
  • Old Market. East Market. Souvenirs, cotton, hookahs, fruits, fish, gifts.
  • Danyel Leather and Fur. Center for factory-made Turkish leather and fur on Italian patterns.


“On the beach of the Radisson Hotel, a girl with a Daniel badge on her chest approached me and offered to go to a leather store, advertising it as a super duper mall.I got tired of frying in the sun, and I agreed, especially since I didn’t take a lot of money with me to Egypt, and there was nothing to lose. In the evening, a bus drove up to the hotel, loaded those who wished, and in 20 minutes delivered them to their destination. A consultant Irina was attached to me (personally) (as it turned out later, she was Ukrainian), and she took me inside. This is the first time I saw such a multicolored leather jackets, vests, dresses, skirts. But the prices are: “Dear Mom …”. However, yielding to my guide, she measured everything. An hour later, with a sad sigh, I was about to leave, honestly declaring that the cost of their goods is insane, I can’t afford it.

And then miracles began … Irina invited the director of the store, showed him two jackets that I liked a lot ($ 3000 for both). The director, clicking on the calculator, gave up these little things for only $ 1000, while I immediately paid only $ 100, I sent the rest of the money by mail, and the jackets were delivered to me home a month later (under the terms of the contract). The quality of the leather – shine, design – the friends were envious. It was scary to send $ 900 by mail, but after reading the reviews about “Daniel”, I decided and did not regret it.Recommend”.

How to bargain

In Sharm El Sheikh, there are no expensive boutiques with branded clothing and sophisticated multi-storey shopping centers. This is Africa! And Africa, like the whole East, is famous for markets and caravanserais. The latter disguised themselves as modern department stores, but their essence has not changed. If you want comfort, cleanliness, go to the big shops. But be aware! Prices in sparkling glass centers are 3-5 times overpriced. Bargaining in large stores is often useless – fixed prices.

But in small shops the soul rejoices: there are a lot of goods, the most lovable Arab is ready to kiss your feet only for a step directed towards his institution. And the fact that the price tags on things are not visible is not a problem. Its prices are the lowest, do not hesitate. A minute later, russo turista, puffed up by the heat and compliments, pull banknotes out of their shorts’ pockets. Stop – do not break the main rules of Eastern trade! For Neanderthals (beginners), recall the main points:

  • Do not show any obvious interest in the thing you like!
  • Do not ask the price, but name the initial amount yourself, which you are willing to pay!
  • Bargain boldly! If your hotel buddies were able to buy a plaster frog for $ 5, say: “$ 3”, and stand your ground.


“The price for souvenirs is normal. You can bargain 3-5 magnets for $ 1. Hookah was cut off for $ 40. The original price ($ 100) was reduced for 10 minutes. They turned on all the charm, but the decisive point was the phrase: “Maa salama!” (Goodbye), pronounced in Arabic with a Russian accent. The seller was simultaneously afraid that the deal had fallen through and was surprised at our “deep” knowledge of Arabic. They managed to buy a suitcase with imitation of crocodile skin for $ 20, and a bag for $ 13 “.

African traders are the real Sherlock Holmes. In five seconds, they will scan you from Panama to flip-flops, study your pedigree. Here is an example of the reasoning of a simple shop employee:

“Pale. So she just arrived and didn’t spend the cash. On his hand is a purple bracelet. So he is resting at Radisson. The hotel is not cheap, but affordable. There are gold bracelets on the arms and neck. This means that he is not in poverty. And the fact that there are no jewelry in the ears is just fine. Now I’ll hang noodles on my ears, let it show off! ”.

The salesperson will think so and begin to act out the play. How difficult it is for a tourist to break free from the sticky nets of enthusiasm for the whiteness of her skin, to resist marriage proposals! Moments later, a drugged lady buys a keychain with a Cheops pyramid at the price of a real pyramid.

Our advice:

  • Give up shopping in the early days. A permit signal for the start of the hunt for local exoticism – chocolate tan.
  • Cover the bracelet on your wrist (with a handkerchief, bag, watch).
  • Dress code – simpler (T-shirt, shorts, sundress). Leave gold, diamonds in Russia.
  • Arabs respect women and are better off inferior to them. Men! Step aside when your spouse is trying to negotiate with the seller.
  • Refused to buy and heard abuse? Dont be upset. The seller is not scolding you – he is cursing his bitter fate.

Last Precept

Shopping in Sharm El Sheikh is different from European.Someone will be able to get a taste and bargain until they are hoarse, someone will modestly give the originally named amount. But the outcome of your trip should not depend on purchases. After all, the most important thing is to bring home a great mood!

90,000 Unusual and colorful gifts from London. Blogs. Online guide to London.

To your attention, TOP-3 stores where you will definitely find such things.

First on my list: “Pylones” – the brightest French store (createur d’objets a Paris), located on one of the main streets in Soho, 28 Carnaby Street, also in other famous districts of London, and even beyond. In addition, you can go to the official website and see the assortment and prices.

The atmosphere in this store immerses you in an unusual world of not just bright colors, but original things.You take one, and then the hand reaches for the other.

“Pylones” is like a drug – you come in and you can’t get out. Such interesting and useful gizmos that I want to buy everything. True, there is not enough money for this, the prices are rather biting.

Despite the fact that the shops are not very large and there are always a lot of people, everything here is neatly arranged on the shelves, there are small barrels with goods, many accessories, from ordinary watches of incredible colors to toothbrush holders.You can see – a selection of funny graters and dishes, cups, cake knives, glasses, funny magnets, held for keys, combs. A gift from this shop will be an extraordinary surprise in any case.

Number Two Flying Tiger

Nearest Tube Station Tottenham Court Rd. A glorious boutique specializing in baby and home goods, the Danish brand Tiger is known for its eye-popping original plastic home furnishings and toys for children.

The store on Tottenham Road is central in the UK, but there are actually a lot of them both in the shopping centers of London and in the small towns of the United Kingdom.

It is especially attractive to children and schoolchildren with its huge assortment of toys and school supplies, and adults will like its relatively low prices.

Board games, notebooks, cups and teapots, colorful scissors and accessories for the home. There is a wide range of products and affordable prices.

So we could not resist, brought green stands for toothbrushes and soap (pictured below).

Third position on the list The Smiggle

One day, two Australian designers, Stephen Meurs and Peter Pausewang, decided that the school office looked too boring, and founded the Smiggle brand in Melbourne. smile and giggle, smile and giggle).

These positive stores have an unrealistic amount of all sorts of wonderful things for school that children need every day: backpacks, pencil cases, notebooks, containers, bottles, bags for sportswear… There are even special children’s laces on the neck (for keys, so as not to get lost), all kinds of hanging figurines for backpacks, where you can write the name of the child. Convenient soft lunch containers that can be resized as needed, all in such positive and vibrant colors. Your child will be 100% satisfied.

Debbie Harry: The autobiography of the lead singer of Blondie is now available in Russian

Debbie Harry is one of the first rock performers, musician, actress, activist and just an icon of the 1970s.In his book “Heart of glass. The Revelations of the Blondie Soloist “by MYTH, , which has become a bestseller in the opinion of The New York Times and Amazon, Debbie honestly talks about her cinematic life, the scenery of which was motley New York, free love and illegal substances. The book will go on sale in Russia very soon, but for now we are sharing a chapter from it.

“Heart of glass. Revelations of the soloist Blondie “publishing house MYTH

As a child, I hated my appearance and still could not stop looking in the mirror.There may have been one or two photos that I liked, but that’s about it. Looking at myself from the outside was a terrible test for me. As a result, the spying, as if random, spicy shooting reconciled me with photography, but then the word “voyeurism” was not yet included in my vocabulary. How did I know that this face would also make Blondie an easily recognizable rock band?

Does photography steal the soul? What if the natives were right? What if the photographs are a contribution to some intangible bank of images, a kind of visual chronicles of Akasha? Physical evidence, evidence that allows us to explore the deep, dark recesses of our souls? I’ve been photographed thousands of times.This is a lot of thefts and a lot of evidence. Sometimes in these photographs I see things that no one else reads. For example, a barely noticeable glimpse of my soul, a fleeting reflection in the lens of the objective … If I were in my place, by this time you would probably already doubt whether you still had a soul. I have a gas discharge photograph taken at some New Age festival – presumably it has my aura on it. Yes, it seems that some part of my soul is still with me.

I worked in an almost soulless place: in a wholesale dishware warehouse located at No. 225 on Fifth Avenue.The huge building was filled to capacity with everything that had at least a remote relation to household utensils. My job was to sell candles and mugs to buyers from boutiques and malls. It didn’t sound like a dream job. I was thinking of becoming a model, since I’m pretty – after all, I was listed as “the beauty of the day” in the graduation album. After meeting photographers Paul Weller and Steve Schlesinger, who shot for catalogs and book covers, I decided to make myself a portfolio. Among the pictures were my portraits with different hairstyles and shots of me in a black sports swimsuit demonstrating yoga poses. What was I thinking? What kind of work could I, in principle, count on with such awkward photographs? Answer: one-time.

Then in The New York Times I saw an announcement that a secretary was required, the name of the company was not mentioned. The customer turned out to be the BBC. This was just the first acquaintance, which will then grow into my long and tender friendship with the UK.The job was secured by an inspired letter that my uncle helped me write. When they hired me, the BBC realized that I wasn’t doing very well, but they still didn’t fire me, and I settled down. She learned to work with telex, and also met interesting people – Alistair Cook, Malcolm Muggeridge, Suzanne York – who came to the studio office to conduct radio interviews.

I also met with Muhammad Ali. Well, not quite met. “Cassius Clay is coming for a TV interview,” they told me, so I hid around the corner and – wow! – this powerful handsome man entered the studio and closed the door. The studio was soundproofed, and there was a small window upstairs, and I decided that with my good physical preparation I could easily grab the windowsill, pull myself up and watch the recording go. However, pulling up, I kicked the wall loudly. Ali immediately turned around and looked directly at me. His gaze nailed me to the spot, and I was literally numb. His reaction was lightning-fast, instinctive, characteristic of the absolute champion of his level … I quickly jumped to the floor, all trembling from such a primitive acquaintance.I could have gotten into serious trouble, especially if they had already started filming, but luckily no one else in the studio saw me.

Enjoy the silence – LJ

we talked so much about New York then that I had no choice: just fly in and say – don’t come, and don’t ask why not come.

he thought that I love to eat beautifully – I bought coffee and salad at Starbucks. he talked about rooftop bars – I chewed a pie on the 102nd floor, washed it down with coffee, standing at the counter with all the tourists who came in large numbers to Independence Day. he would drag me to dinner every night – I came after office, went to bed and switched off.

he would never have included the museum in our itinerary – I’ve been to the Guggenheim, Whitney, Nature, and the Metropolitan (twice). he knew I loved the classics – I went to Gloria Estefan on Broadway. he talked so much about Brooklyn that I went there with Dasha on the ferry, and we drank mezcal (by accident) and kissed (no coincidence), and I put her in a taxi and sent her home – “you don’t know how to refuse,” he would say.

you will hate the metro as soon as you get on it, he vanged me. I rolled back and forth and across, guessing the branches of the night trains and memorizing the pieces I needed, and never once uttered about the heat and cold. he knew I hated crowds and train stations, and I ate muffin during rush hour on Grand Central.

You’ll go crazy in Times Square – no, I’ve been on it five times and it’s beautiful. you hate queues, he repeated – I stood with the account manager for an hour and a half for the pre-premiere screening, and in the end we still went to watch something completely different.

Barnes and Noble, this is where you need it, he would say, and I spent four hours in the Strand, rereading all the spines in old books. I looked at the map and thought – you would take us to Coney Island and Rockaway Beach, which means that I will go around all the stone jungle that comes to my mind. You would take me to eat the damn fish – and I’ll go to a local Thai restaurant and order whatever. you would take me to a hotel in the heat – and I will go around Columbia University and sit on every sun-hot bench.

…when my flight was canceled and postponed for two days, I was in the Metropolitan – and loudly cursed in roaming in Russian with idiots from the customer support, then I booked a hotel, then took my suitcase, then at night I realized that I hadn’t eaten anything, and that I’m great – and at night I went into a strange hole at the intersection of Sixth Avenue, and ate pizza there, and it was raining on me, and it was strange that I was there, without you, and it was very good.

… did you see him there ?, they ask me in Kiev. No, why do you think so.Look, he was in NY for two weeks.

I’m flipping through the tape on someone else’s phone: Barnes and Noble, top restaurants, Coney Island, Guggenheim, rooftop bars, Rockaway Beach. “I hate the underground”, “It’s hot outside and I went to the hotel”, traveling to London Heathrow, a day later than me.

… I can’t forget.

“Do you want to undress?” Why a naked bike ride is needed and what its participants are striving for

When I told my acquaintances that I was going to the Naked Bike Ride on Saturday, only the lazy was not joking at me.It was very interesting for everyone if I was going to cycle around London naked on a bicycle with other participants in the bike parade. I must say that this editorial assignment did not arouse much enthusiasm for me: I have always been for body positive, but I prefer to keep a certain part of the positive with me. Going to the bike parade, I wanted to understand what goals are pursued by the participants of the naked bike ride and who are all these people – freaks or brave socially responsible activists?

What is Naked Bike Ride

London Bike Ride is part of the worldwide Naked Bike Ride campaign, which takes place in Germany, Spain, USA, UK and many other countries.Every year, several thousand people undress and ride their bicycles naked through the streets of London. Initially, the bike parade was conceived with the aim of drawing attention to the problems of environmental pollution by exhaust gases from cars, then they began to raise questions about the safety of cyclists on the roads. Now body positivists are increasingly joining the action, and all this action as a whole from the outside resembles the Love Parade with the triumph of freedom and the acceptance of a naked body of any shape and size.

This year in London, cyclists started from six different sites, from the square near the Tower and Hyde Park to West Norwood in the south of the city. Towards midday, Tower Hill was full of people: some sunbathing on the grass, some undressing, some already smearing themselves with sunscreen and painting their bodies.

How to approach and talk to a naked person

The weather was perfect for the situation: warm enough to undress, but not too hot for a pleasant bike ride. Having personally assessed the situation and the unequal ratio of men and women, I remembered my feelings when visiting public baths in Austria and Germany, where the stronger sex feel confident and relaxed, and the girls are mostly embarrassed and wrapped in towels.However, I soon discovered that a completely different mood reigns here: both young girls and older women, apparently, felt quite comfortable, laughed, painted bodies, helped each other prepare for the trip and were not ashamed of anyone. The naked body seemed to have not been the subject of attention at all.

Paula, body positive movement activist

Approaching to speak to a stranger was never a problem for me, but the lack of clothes on the heroes of my report somewhat complicated the situation. I decided that it would be easier to start with girls, as it is clearly a safer space for both sides and less sexual connotation. Luckily for me, the very first person I spoke to turned out to be a brave and benevolent Brazilian woman who happily gave me a comment.

There are two main problems with body acceptance in our society. The first is shame, and the second is that the naked body is automatically associated with sexuality. We are used to people getting naked solely for sex, but this is far from the case.

Paula – body positive movement activist. For her, this is the perfect place to demonstrate that the body is not only about sex. “To be honest, I’m here simply because I love to walk naked and I use every opportunity for this,” admits Paula. – In our society, there are two main problems with body acceptance. The first is shame, and the second is that the naked body is automatically associated with sexuality. We are used to people getting naked solely for sex, but this is far from the case. Showing off naked bodies can be art, it can be protesting, and sometimes we just undress for fun. We are embarrassed to be naked on TV, but we habitually watch people kill each other. Does this mean for us that the body is bad and killing is normal? ”

Among the abundance of bodies of all shapes, sizes and colors, you start to feel over-dressed and forget about any standards there. Neither fat, nor cellulite, nor thinness, nor the presence or absence of hair bothers anyone here.This world is as different from what we are used to in movies and on the covers of magazines, as it is real.

“Strip as much as you dare”

As we talk, nutritionist Katie comes up to us and offers to paint Paula’s back. Suddenly I find out that this action has a special meaning for Katie: “I am here today because I will have an operation soon and my body will not be the same again. I have breast cancer. So I thought it would be nice to come here and enjoy what I have.I already participated in the bike parade 10 years ago. Mainly to support our right to be naked, but I also think it is very important to raise the issue of cyclist insecurity on the road. What is happening is madness. ”

Looking around, I notice that less decisive girls do not completely undress, someone rides in their underwear or only in panties. Strictly speaking, undressing is not a prerequisite for taking part in the action, but cyclists in clothes (and sometimes there were such) looked frankly strange in the middle of a naked crowd.The motto of the bike ride is “Strip as much as you dare”. Talking to Paula completely naked, I am amazed at her courage and cannot help but ask a question about hygiene that worries many.

“I am not at all worried about this. We were born this way, this is an absolutely natural state, ”Paula replies to me, tying a scarf around the seat. Paula herself does not ride a bike because she is afraid of London traffic, but she supports the initiative to keep cyclists safe.She rented a city bike especially for the action.

“On the contrary, it seems to me that we are now too concerned about hygiene,” Simon, standing next to Paulo, supports Paulo. Simon’s seat is already equipped with a special cover, which is given out in London stores along with a rental bike. – Hence so many allergies. Our body does not interact with as many bacteria as it used to, and the immune system weakens. ” So easily and unnoticed, I switch to a conversation with a naked Simon and find out that he teaches English as a foreign language to employees of London corporations.Simon does not hide the fact of his participation in the bike ride from close friends, but he also does not advertise it.

– I am here to support the ideas of body freedom and environmental protection. We want people to use bicycles more. We’re too addicted to cars.

– Do you have a car?

– Yes, but I’ve only been driving for two years. The fact is that we live far out of town, and I need to get to work. This is a necessity for me. If I could, I would only use public transport.

“For cyclists to be respected”

Neil & Anna

A young couple, Neil and Anna, are concerned about the safety of cyclists on the roads, so they came to the bike parade together.

– We both ride a bike and we see that cyclists are not well respected.

– Do you feel disrespected by pedestrians or motorists?

– Both, but more from the pedestrian side. Perhaps this is because there are not so many cyclists on the streets.We need to follow the example of Berlin, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, where cyclists have an advantage.

Everyone reacted differently. Passing by, you see mothers covering the eyes of children, you see those who pretend that nothing is happening. But the majority greeted us with cheers and applause

Neil says the bike ride reminds him of festivals in atmosphere. Cheerful, adorned with sequins, sequins and flowers, the guys could easily pass for visitors to some hippie festival.“So much fun, everyone cheers us on the streets, it’s amazing! Wonderful day! Neal enthuses. – And everyone reacted differently. Passing by, you see mothers covering the eyes of the children, you see those who pretend that nothing is happening – such a strange reaction! But the majority greeted us with joyful exclamations and applause, handed out “five”. Very funny!”

Looking at the guys, I wonder if it’s time for me to join in the fun. Somewhere in my head the question revolves: if this is still a new form of self-expression, could I do that? Am I brave enough and free from prejudice? Perhaps next year they will be interviewing me?

Quite emboldened, I walk up to a man with an elephant on his genitals.He happily gives an interview, but asks to name him Mike in the article.

– This is my third time participating. Why am I here? I love to sunbathe naked. I was born naked. I love the reaction of the crowd when we drive by. They do not expect such a sight at all. In addition, I believe that our air can be cleaner, that we need to make a difference with cars.

– Do you think the bike parade helps with this?

– No. The government decides everything, we do not have the right to vote. No matter how much we protest, they have already decided everything for us.For something to change, you need finances. We need people to switch to environmentally friendly transport.

– Need new laws?

– Yes, laws, but also money. The problem is, the average diesel owner simply cannot afford anything else.

“Can you see us now?”

As at any good performance, there were much more spectators at the bike parade than participants. Tourists and Londoners crowded along the roads, pushing each other out onto the roadway, photographing and supporting passers-by.If the goal of the cyclists was to make themselves known, they obviously succeeded: it was quite difficult not to notice the crowds of undressed people passing in large noisy groups in the center at the height of the weekend with posters and inscriptions on their bodies: “Can you see me now? “,” No Oil “,” Save the Planet “,” Fuck Brexit! ” etc.

It seemed that everyone who had something to say came out to the protest action. People, bicycles and slogans mixed up in a heap. Pedestrians had to stop and wait at traffic lights, letting the next column pass.For some, this caused visible irritation, while others, on the contrary, were ready to join the action. To the general hum of approval and hooting, an elderly lady standing on the sidewalk with a poster lifted her T-shirt, showing her breasts to the world.

Students, athletes, nudists and artists

“This movement has changed a lot in recent years,” says photographer Paul. He has been filming Naked Bike Ride for 10 years and is about to publish a book about bike parade. – If at first it was only elderly people, now young people are increasingly joining them.And so many spectators! There are a lot of people in Covent Garden, in Piccadilly Circus. This year the action brought together about two thousand participants and several thousand spectators. ”

Paul himself took part in the action many times, and he tells all his friends that quite ordinary people come to it. “There are a lot of different people here: students, athletes and nudists,” says Paul. – It would be a mistake to say that only freaks have gathered here. For many, this is a very important protest action. People cover their bodies with stunning drawings to show how important the future of the planet is to them.This is real art. Others are very concerned about road safety. So it touches on real issues mixed with fun, creativity and art. ”

Drawings and fun costumes are an integral part of such a celebration, but also a great way to overcome embarrassment and distract attention from the peculiarities of the figure. Natasha Porter is an artist. Today she is one of those who help people feel more confident in their own body. For several years she participated in the action, and this year she organized a collection of cyclists at Tower Hill.Natasha believes that this year the organization is better than last, but collisions have not been avoided either: several times ordinary cyclists entered the bicycle parade column, some motorists behaved aggressively towards the participants, some drunk passers-by were hostile. It was scary, but the police helped to resolve difficult situations.

Several times ordinary cyclists entered the convoy, some motorists behaved aggressively towards the participants, some drunken passers-by were hostile.It was scary, but the police helped to resolve difficult situations.

Natasha says that in recent years there have been a little more special cycle paths and cyclists themselves on the roads, as a result of which people began to pay more attention to them. However, London is still not a safe place for cyclists, with the exception of certain sections. “I believe that we need to learn from the experience of other European capitals and make normal paths and infrastructure for cyclists.But the main thing is that you need to educate people, you need to tell them about it from school, ”says the artist.

Natasha Porter, artist and organizer

Excessive attention of photographers

“There is a big problem,” Natasha admits. – When women start to undress, they are immediately surrounded by photographers in large numbers, trying to take pictures from a very close distance. Many girls feel uncomfortable with the way men react to them. Therefore, unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer women who want to participate every year. “According to Natasha, there were more women on her site than on others – she estimated that about 40%.

Despite the fact that many participants and participants of the bike ride willingly posed for photographs, at the finish in Hyde Park, where photographers and reporters were waiting for the cyclists, a slightly strange situation arose. It was not even that they were naked, but that we were dressed. And this put us in an unequal position: it is difficult to conduct a dialogue when one of the interlocutors is physically more vulnerable. Especially when you also have a camera in your hands.

The contingent also became more and more strange towards evening. A man in a Primark paper bag on his head was walking back and forth around us and was clearly waiting for something. After talking, we learned that he did not participate in the bike ride itself, but simply arrived at the finish line to undress and walk around naked. The bag with slits for the eyes was the only item of clothing on it and was obviously serving as a disguise. “Why, you won’t photograph me? – he was clearly upset when we began to say goodbye.We agreed to take a couple of photos. – Let’s get some more, from the back.

Towards six in the evening, when many had already begun to leave, I felt uncomfortable and insecure even in my clothes. Naked men approached me and my photographer friend, asked to take a picture with us, joked: “Do you want to undress? You can take my bike and I will hold your clothes. ”

We were about to leave when we noticed photographers crowded nearby. We thought that one of the organizers was giving interviews, and came closer.

Having made my way to the center, I saw a young girl surrounded by at least 20 men in a tight ring. They pressed her from all sides, quickly clicked the camera shutters, aiming their lenses at her; she timidly turned away, bending over to the backpack with her things and tangling in the straps of her bra.

I could not believe that all these people were gathered here to take pictures of the girl dressing. When I appeared in the middle of the crowd, she suddenly rushed to hug me.

– Oh, thanks! I feel so lonely here.
– Are you okay?
– Yes, yes. Oh, do you want to take a picture of me? – she seemed frightened and again began to pull off the half-worn top.
– No, please get dressed. We have a lot of photos.

“Okay, guys, let’s show some respect,” a man in a yellow reflective vest finally intervened, apparently keeping order.

I saw a young girl surrounded by at least 20 men in a tight ring. They pressed her from all sides, quickly clicked the camera shutters, aiming their lenses at her.She turned away timidly.

I once read that in Japan girls hide fear with laughter. When they are uncomfortable and anxious, they start to giggle. Lily – that was the name of the girl – was not from Japan, but from China, but her reaction was similar. Perhaps Eastern men have already learned to recognize this reaction, but Western men certainly have not. While I could hardly restrain the desire to hide Lily and take her away, she giggled nervously, smiled and offered to make a joint “selfie”, and the crowd around did not want to disperse, already surrounding us together.

The more Lily clung to me and offered to be photographed, the more I could not get rid of the feeling that in this way she was convincing me and herself: everything is fine, everything is fun, I came here for this, so there is nothing to be afraid of, this is normal.

On the way home, I couldn’t get this scene out of my head for a long time. I was no longer worried about the rights of cyclists and environmental pollution, or that these parades fundamentally make little difference in these matters. I could not forget the crowd of photographers who flocked like kites over prey, and the desperate impulse with which Lily hugged me.

Perhaps the participants in the naked bike ride really found sufficient inner freedom to accept their own body in its original form and desexualize it. But the question remains whether society is ready to accept this level of freedom.

I thought about why no one pounces on naked men with cameras. I tried to understand why the female body remains objectified even at the celebration of body freedom. During the day I asked the participants of the bike ride several dozen questions, but by the evening there were even more of them in my head.If you came to a naked event and undressed voluntarily, does this mean that you agreed to a photo shoot in front of dozens of cameras, allowed to be filmed on their phones, so that dozens of men would closely look at you up close? Would you be safe if you have already agreed to vulnerability by stripping down and saying, “I’m not afraid”?

Perhaps the participants in the naked bike ride really found sufficient inner freedom to accept their own body in its original form and desexualize it.But the question remains whether society is ready to accept this level of freedom.

Photo by Alina Agarkova

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Travel time: October 2014

Went with a friend to this hotel at the end of October 2014.We flew from Anex Tour, UT airline. We flew through Turkey, while other airlines fly through Syria. I would not recommend this hotel to anyone, it sucks! I’ll start with the downsides: – Check-in. It took a long time to make brains until they gave the key. Immediately they began to offer a paid room for $ 6 per person per day, then went down for $ 20 for all days. But we refused. Then they gave us a key and took our things. The room was terrible, the hair dryer did not work, water was flowing along the walls, ants were running around the room and a jackhammer was working nearby … the building. We immediately refused to accept it and went to the reception again.There they treated us that the travel agency had booked this room for us. They began to swear .. swear violently. They gave another normal number. But there is only one key. This Arab kept trying to rip off our money, they approached another Arab and gave a second key for free. – Huge ants were running around in the toilet. Then they were not visible for a couple of days, they adapted to the fumes, and then the bastards crawled out again … they got used to it. – no disco; – toilets. It is impossible to enter in the evening. Papers are scattered everywhere, half of the booths do not work.On the sea, the toilet should be shown only in KVN. – there is no drinking water in the room, I had to pour it in a 2L bottle in the canteen; – no slippers, a bathrobe. – Awfully long lines for drinks and in the canteen itself; – GLASSES! This is some kind of horror, we did not have time to drink the contents, as they were simply snatched out of our hands. For drinks, I had to go with a sniffed glass, so as not to wait for them to be brought. Glasses are rinsed at best. She witnessed that the next drink was poured from the glass of the previous one in the line to the next without even rinsing.I asked for a cola, and it probably tasted like rum before that. In short, glasses are problem number 1. They are not allowed to go to the beach with drinks, they poured beer into a bottle for $ 5. The bar sold alcohol. – We had 5 bars. One bar near the pool worked for the entire time 3 times, probably, from drinks only strong alcohol and nothing else. The second bar on the sea, the most loyal. They gave drinks, sometimes it was possible to dump with a glass on the sea. The third bar in the lobby of the Afrikano hotel. Drinks for a fee, of the free only beer and soft drinks.The fourth bar is a grill next to another pool, there are just crazy queues in the sun. The beer was simply worth its weight in gold. Having defended a long line, the beer ran out and we had to wait until it was brought. Sometimes for 30 minutes. From the augers – French fries, burgers and “abaldenny pizza” .. a piece of dough with tomatoes. Shrimps and lobsters for a separation fee of $ 7-15 depending on sizes. Fifth terrace bar. The most normal of them all. You could take beer, whiskey-cola, soft drinks, there were fewer queues, but GLASSES…. There was also a cocktail bar nearby, it worked from 21-24.00, vodka from alcohol, a couple of liqueurs, rum, whiskey and everything .. The most adequate drink in this bar was Pina Colada, everyone drank it. The rest of the shit is complete, they didn’t even hear anything about Mojito. – There was no disco, the amphitheater was “insanely” interesting for entertainment. Only one day there was an Egyptian dance, it was more or less interesting, and on the other days it sucks. They offered to go to a paid disco for $ 25. without all the key. Drinks for a fee.We squeezed and did not go. – The music, as the girl from the animation explained to us, is specially gloomy and slow so that the people do not drink, but go to sleep. There is nothing for young people to do there, except to systematically get drunk. Of the drinks, beer and Pina collada were adequate. The juice is diluted with yupi, the rest of the alcohol is clearly a cheap barmatuha. As for the napkins, that’s sad too. – Main restaurant. The range of dishes was wide. But on the third day, all the food seemed monotonous. For food, you could eat chicken, sausage, grilled sausages and pasta.The rice was dry, the cheese and sausages were rubber, the vegetables were just like ours. The sauces are utter shit. Pizza, as already written a piece of dough with tomatoes, but buns and sweets are incomparable. Very tasty. There was an ATM for coffee, delicious, the queue was normal. Coffee and tea bags are nothing to taste. Melon and guava fruits, once got on bananas. They also offer dry red and white wine, you can drink it once, so for comparison with ours. There was a queue in the main restaurant like in a mausoleum, everyone ran like termites.Then we entered the topic and became the same. For breakfast there was an omelet, eggs, sausages and cheese, cereals and cereals, yogurt. For lunch there were soups, we didn’t like it. – Alya-carte restaurant. It was possible to go to all restaurants by appointment without providing dinner in the main restaurant. The first time we went to an Italian restaurant. Nothing fancy except no queues and impeccable service. I can’t single out any dish, since everything was from an ordinary canteen with a beautiful presentation. The second time we went to a grill restaurant.There we liked grilled sausages and chicken, and an interesting serving on a mini-oven, an interesting peanut sauce to taste. We drank beer. The third restaurant is fish. Squids and lobsters were immediately offered for a fee. Loved the fish soup, rice soaked in fish broth and grilled fish. Beautiful decoration by the sea. For a fee, you could dine right next to the sea in a beautiful tent with lights. Of all the restaurants, the first place was taken by the fish, then by the grill. But it is worth considering that you need to sign up there at 10.30 am and no later this evening. Stand in line. Do not write in advance. – Wi-Fi. Only in the main building at the reception, in other places it is not. – We tried to drink coffee before departure. There is no hot water at the bar, but … for a fee, they can make a Cappuccino … – If someone had a flight after 12 days, their bracelets were cut off, kicked out of the room and they waited in the lobby for their departure. Or swam in the sea, there is a shower on the beach. – The sea. Plankton was normal, the neighbors had worse. It was possible to swim in the sea from 08: 00-17: 00.Later it is impossible, because an oddity such as moray eels, hedgehogs and so on climbs out. Bought slippers for $ 3 in the market across the street. In the morning they swam in the sea three times, on other days they were not allowed in because of the large waves and currents. But from 15-17 they always swam. There are darkness of people, you can’t swim far, like a sprat in a tomato circling near the steps. They floundered, scratched each other … exotic in one word. Spare some money for a diving trip. This is where you can appreciate the beauty of the Red Sea. The extraordinary beauty of the depths and local attractions.On the yacht we were offered non-alcoholic drinks and hot drinks such as tea and coffee. At lunch they fed, the meat was put apparently afraid to cheat .. very little, but the staff piled themselves up as if they were eating for the last time. Those who did not want to dive to the bottom could swim in masks. But it is worth diving in, what beauty there is not to convey. We were photographed under the water and then offered to buy a disc for $ 30. There were 3 stops in total. In the first 2 we dived, and in the last we swam in masks. The instructor took the circle and dragged us to such cool places.Thanks to Mohamed. I really liked it. I dived once, and whoever dived 2 times, the instructor was already swimming just next to me. In any case, no one will let you in alone, I swam under water with the instructor by the hand. They teach everything and monitor your well-being. We paid $ 50 for this excursion. It lasted from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm – Shops in the hotel. Very expensive, bargaining there is useless. If you don’t buy something, they shout in the trail. It is better to go to the market opposite, but it is better to go not alone. Arabs suffer from a lack of sex because they have it forbidden, and the market is a place where everyone tries to drag them into their store under any pretext.There is also a supermarket, of course, it’s hard. My friend and I went there, the Arabs looked at us like meat, one particularly arrogant in a couple of minutes offered to smoke and take a taxi to the room and much more .. We barely taxied out of there. The traders in the market are more adequate than in the supermarket. Bargained well. I bought a camel blanket 100% wool in euros for $ 70, asked for 120 and then gave it at cost, I really counted on having sex, but we grab the blanket and throw it down. I bought a mask with a pipe for $ 5, the seller also really hoped to continue the conversation, we smoked a hookah and went on.Magnets and souvenirs bargained for $ 1 for three key chains. I bought the oil for $ 5. It is better not to take ointments. I bought my mother a cream and ointment for the joints, but they hurt even more. In general, the price can be thrown off up to 4 times, but the Arabs, unlike the Turks, are hardly thrown off. For them, even $ 1 is the price, so if only they like you and they want to continue communicating, then they will just throw it off, but when they do it, they need to get it down faster. No one is involved in violence there, but the annoying mother is dear. As one merchant explained to me, they have wives in Cairo, and here they have work.Women do not work for them and they are not in Sharm, so all Arabs crave sex, especially with Russians. On the old market, about which many write, he said that the prices are more expensive because the rent is higher there. Therefore, the opinion that it is better to go there is erroneous. And then the time for the round trip takes 2 hours, it is still very dangerous there. They can start and rape. There was even a case when two girlfriends were kidnapped by Bedouins and raped them for 2 weeks. The guide told us this. And a lot of negative reviews about this market were written on the site.The merchant does not hesitate to grab the women by the hands and put their hand on the penis. As one tourist put it .. he put my hand there, and there .. up to the throat! When they have time to get so excited .. Generally the market bargain. – Swimming pool. Very dirty. Leaves and beetles are floating. – Water park or similar. These are 3 slides in a muddy pool. Arabs bathe in clothes and their women in headscarves and robes. WE were there only 1 time. Horror. And now about the pros: Room cleaning and the room itself. There are no complaints about the cleaners, they cleaned it up specifically, they twisted every day different figures of swans, snakes, and boats.Well done! The room was also good, everything worked, everything was there except the water in the fridge, but this is a hotel concept. As a result, I would probably go to another hotel again, but not to this one. Others praised the hotel Sharm Yin, Raja say incomparable, Rixos. If we compare with Turkey, the service is better there, the Turks themselves smile all day, the Arabs are kind of gloomy and unkempt. If you want to relax specifically, it is better to go to Turkey, if you look at the beauty of the sea, then to Egypt, but not to this hotel.At 4, he slightly falls short, but not like 5 stars. Successful rest, everyone.


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