Europe - Western Europe
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I am looking for some advice. I have just been made redundant and am looking to spend a month or so in either France, Italy or Spain.
I want to use this time to apply for jobs. So I was wondering if anyone can recommend a town that has the following: Good weather, vineyards, beach, lively town with shops and friendly people and possible to get around by bike. I used to work in the wine industry in Australia so it would be perfect if I could use this time to make some contacts in a wine region in france as I do marketing consulting at present in the uk and am interested in moving back into the wine industry.
It would be myself and a good friend so we would need a 2 bedroom place.
If anyone has any recommendations on towns or potential owner details ie you may know someone who wants to rent out their holiday house for a month in low season to some very respectfu... more »
I and my friends from Thailand are planning to go to Switzerland (coming in from Paris) around the first week of May. We need to know if the itinerary we planned is too hectic and some suggestions.
- 1st day
Bern in the afternoon. Walk in the old town. Take a train to Lauterbrunnen and stay there.
- 2nd day
Go to Murren and Schilthorn. Maybe a round trip cruise in either lake Thun or Brienz.
- 3rd day
Go to Zermatt and ride the Gornergrat. Take a train back to stay in Lauterbrunnen.
- 4th day
Take early Golden Pass train to Luzern. Have some free time then take a train to Zurich. Some walk and stay.
- 5th day
Some free time in Zurich before going to the airport.
I'm hesitating between stay in Lauterbrunnen in the second night and take early train to Zermatt or take the train to Zermatt in the second evening, stay there and take the Gornergrat... more »
I find that too many people leave Granada having only visited the Alhambra and not Granada City. Don't be one of these people!
Granada has so much to offer visitors and it is all within wlaking distance of the Alhambra. My top 5 tips are:
1. Spend an afternoon wandering around the Albaycin - start off at Paseos Los Tristes off Plaza Nueva and gradually wander up. Have coffee in Plaza San Miguel and take photos at the Miradors or San Nicholas and Cristobal with the fantastic Sierra Nevada backdrops.
2. Explore Sacromonte - there are some fantastic views of the Alhambra and the surrounding green valleys from here. You could also walk 20 minutes up to the Abadia Abbey. If you have time and understand Spanish, do not miss out on the guided tour. Otherwise, just enjoy the spectacular sunsets views from here
3. Have coffee and tostada in a nice square such as Plaza ... more »
For background, here is the rough outline of my trip,
arrive 6pm, pick up rental car drive to Loutraki, 1 night
2 nights Nafplion
2 nights Monemvasia
1 night Sparti
1 night Olympia
1 night Delhpi
2 nights Athens (10 nights total)
Questions: Is Monemvasia worth the extra drive? My rough guide lists it as the #4 thing to see in Greece and it looks nice, I want to make sure it's worth the extra 2-3 hours each way.
I want to visit either Corinth or Mycenae, which do you prefer?
Is it worth the extra drive to Delphi or is it just more of the same (after visiting all the other ruins on the trip)?
Is Olympia worth including or would it be better to visit some of the caves or gorges?
Hi. My husband & I are planning on a 15-day trip to Italy & Greece. Unfortunately, since we do not have more time off from work, this is the best of both countries we can fit in 15 days. Please let me know if this itinerary is feasible. Your thoughts/suggestions please…. Thanks a ton!
Arrive Italy from India on Aug 11th
Fly from Rome to Venice on Aug 14th
Fly from Venice to Athens on Aug 16th
Athens (1N) – rest for a day
Metro from Athens to Piraeus port. Ferry from Piraeus Port to Mykonos on Aug 17th
Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini on Aug 20th
Ferry/flight from Santorini to Athens on Aug 23rd
Back to Mumbai on Aug 25th
after having a difficult time working out how to go from istanbul to thessaloniki , i thought i should have a closer look at the rest of my itinerary .i decided to fly to corfu first from thessaloniki, instead of traversing greece in an attempt to get to meteora..
i have discovered that trying to find domestic ferry information is like trying to find a gnats nads.
and i also realised that our accomodation bookings in corfu meant we were leaving corfu on a sunday.. not the greeks favourite day for working.. so i am concerned if the 4 transfers i need to make from corfu on sunday 1st , is going to be doable.so far i havent found one current true schedule.. what am i saying? i havent found any schedules.how will i know if we can actually do that trip across greece by public bus,?.looking to get to kastraki.
i know i have to catch the ferry to igoumenitsa and then the bus to ioannin... more »
In excitement a friend and myself booked a trip to Sardinia for 6 days and then to Rome from the 5th-9th of April, not realising how horrifically expensive accommodation would be. I've suggested maybe going to Florence but we were wondering is there anywhere closer anyone would recommend that is a bit cheaper (our price range is US$15-$20 a night)?
Thanks in advance!
Edited by: alocon
My wife and I are travelling through Italy in May 2013 and are keen on some feedback in relation to hotel accomodation in the following cities:
Our budget is approximately 150euro per night. In each of the cities we will be travelling to and through by train so assume that we will need to stay centrally in each city.
Thanks in anticipation.
I need your advice. After a week with the family on Canal du Midi in France, and 5 days in Platja d’Aro we drive through the Pirineos back to Narbonne. There my husband and one son will go back to Switzerland while I would like to spend another 7-10 days with my 11 y.o. in Catalunya. I will not have a car, so I am looking for a place near the beach that can be reached by train or bus. I am not into big resorts and places like Lloret de Mar, but need some activities like windsurfing for my son. We also like cycling. Where do spanish families spend their holidays?
Thanks for your help
I have a 7:04 AM train to take to Cologne. Ideally I would be staying near the Amsterdam Centraal area or near a hotel that have decent public transportation to Amsterdam Centraal. My budget is about US$100 and I will be travelling by myself. Any suggestions?
I'm travelling by myself and I don't need anything fancy. I'm just looking for a simple room with a bathroom. Ideally this will be close to public transportation as I'll have to catch a morning flight out of Brussels. Any suggestions? As for budget, I want it as low as possible, but short of a hostel. I don't want to share a room with someone especially when I'll have to wake up at about 6 AM to head to the airport.
So from my research, it seems that using http://www.trenitalia.com/ is the best way to get the cheapest fares for Italian trains. However, I'm shocked at some of the prices that I've seen and I'm pretty sure it's more expensive than travelling within France. It seems that I'm looking at about 50 Euros on average for Genoa to Bologna or Venice to Rimini or Florence to Rome. Is it really that expensive to travel by train in Italy or this is considered cheap? Unfortunately I don't qualify for any youth pricing, but I'm not sure if they'll accept international university IDs for student fares. Does anyone here know?
Once I get to Cologne and I want to go to Brugges, will I need to book two fares to go from Cologne to Brussels and then Brussels to Bruges or I can book one fare going from Cologne to Bruges? What's the cheapest way to do this? Will I be using Thalys or Belgium's train system? Sorry, this is all very confusing to me.
In planning a coming venture into continental Europe I have found viaMichelin to be more than helpful, but am a little confused about the costings they give for road trips.
Something I tried today, for example, was Innsbruck to Sien, Switzerland which came out as "Petrol 48.36. Tolls 00, Tax 37.12, 10 km on motorways".
What is this "tax" and how is it paid. It's a cost I've seen quoted for other countries as well.
I understand that in a couple of countries (I think that the Czech Republic and Switzerland are among them) one pays in advance for motorway use. In both of those countries I'll be very happy to avoid tolls and travel on the (hopefully more scenic) secondary roads, but what happens if it is necessary to travel the 10km of motorway that Michelin suggests above.
Question for anyone ... traveling from USA to Sofia, Bulgaria. The return flight has us stopping in Frankfurt at 3:00 p.m. before continuing back to the States at 10:00 a.m. The next morning. I don't believe we will need a Visa to enter Germany ... my questions are:
1. What hotel is recommended near the airport?
2. Will we have time to do anything that evening?
3. Is there luggage storage at the airport?
Any/all advice is appreciated!
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