Europe - Western Europe
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Me and my partner are planning to hike the Walkers haute route beginning first of August. We have a lot of hiking experience but no technical experience on the snow. We will not be carrying any crampons or axes with us. I have two questions:
1. Can anyone share what are the snow conditions right now on the route? And whether there is any chance of significant snow by August?
2. What is the best alternative (most scenic) route going from Gasenried to Zermatt if we want to skip Europweg? Having read a few websites around the danger on Europaweg, I am not sure if its for us since I am not too good with exposed heights.
Many thanks for your quick replies.
I only have 7 days in Spain and I want to make the most of it. I also don't want to spend the entire time on a train or hopping from Hostel to Hostel.
Here is my potential itinerary right now:
Day 1: Barcelona (arrive at 11AM from UK so jet lag already dealt with!)
Day 2: Barcelona
Day 3: Barcelona (Sleep Train to Granada)
Day 4: Granada/Alhambra
Day 5: Granada- 6PM train to Madrid
Day 6: Madrid
Day 7: Madrid (Possible Day trip to Toledo)
I fly out of Madrid on Day 8 at 10AM so I will have to be there for one night no matter what and think that a day trip to T... more »
Could anyone in the know tell me if it is possible that an underground garage/parking space next to Les Invalides in Paris cost 15 000 euro to purchase?
My wife and I are touring Northern France in September and need advise about places to visit before we arrive in Paris. After visiting Normandy and the Loire Valley we are travelling to Beaune and Colmar then to Paris. We plan to spend 2 nights in Comar, then 1 night somewhere between Colmar and Paris - perhaps Reims.
Any suggestions on the best places to visit in that area?
I am traveling to Paris in 10 days and need a hotel recommendation in Marais district. My budget is up to $175/night for a double. I really need to be in that neighborhood because I am there for a wedding so am willing to spend a little more. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
We will be traveling by train throughout Switzerland later this month. We have a Swiss pass. I am confused about whether we need reservations on routes that also seem listed as part of a scenic route. We will be going from Thun to zermatt during Our travels. On the rail map it looks like this is part of the Regio scenic route. Is this true or is there another train traveling this route. I just want to make sure I dont need reservations as there are 5 of us and I know this is a busy time.
I am spending a day in Pisa and want to know if I can leave 2 weekend bags in the central rail station and how much it costs - they will probably be there for 5 hours.
My husband and I would be flying to Nice on a two-week holiday. Places we hope to cover:
Is it better to take the bus or the train from the airport to town? Would also appreciate the direction. After 2 nights in Nice, we hope to rent a car and drive inland. We have been on several driving trips in the last ten years. Both of us are already 60 and we enjoy scenic drives.
Is it possible to cover those places mentioned above within 11 days? Would also appreciate recommendation of reasonably priced hotels in Nice.
My boyfriend and I are travelling around the cyclades islands in August, and have already booked our accomodation on the various islands. I am having trouble finding a way to get from Santorini - Sifnos.
I was told that its not that important to check ferry timetables before booking in the high season because they run so frequently - but now i'm worried that i should have! I am trying to book some in advance now because I know they fill up for august (well the fast ones).
I understand the two islands are on different ferry schedules so I may have to go from santorini to another island, and then to sifnos - but does anyway know which island!? We need to travel on the 25th of August. If I have to change my bookings I will - but obviously I'd rather not so would be helpful if someone could help me out!!
Do more ferry timetables become available closer to the date? Is... more »
I am going to go to Lago Iseo for a longer weekend soon.
I know the bigger and more famous Italian lakes but I'd love to discover their smaller and less touristic version.
But as I realise, the downside of this less known lake is that it is hard to find information. I hope to find someone able to give some advice on here!
I am going to stay in Lovere in the north.
Are there any nice beaches or swim areas within foot or bike reach as I won't have a car?
Also which restaurants, eateries, bars, cafes can you recommend?
What are activities and sites than mustn't be missed when there?
Thank's a lot!
As an American expat living in Berlin, too often I see my fellow countrymen self-segregating and dismissing Germans and elements of German culture around them. Not only does this behavior annoy me greatly, since it seems to confirm so many stereotypes of Americans floating around Europeans' minds, it makes me feel badly for these people, who are missing out on so much. It's fascinating to explore others' points of view, and in researching Paris for an upcoming trip, I was inspired by this collaboration between friends in Paris, one a Frenchman, the other a Berliner. I look forward to hitting the streets, camera in hand, and I hope others also enjoy these images and tips as much as I have: http://www.smart-urban-stage.com/blog/post/paris-cologne/
This is a bit of a long shot but really hoping that somewhere in Lisbon does spray tanning - any ideas??!!!
Coming over to Lisbon from New Zealand winter for a family wedding and don't want to be completely pasty white!
Looking at booking a car in Corsica mid-September 2012. Either return from Bastia or pick up in Calvi and return to Bastia.
Found this website www.auto-europe.co.uk through one of the ferry websites and they do seem to offer a cheaper price for car hire than Europcar. I think they are a sourcing company and so you may actually hire a car through europcar but get a better deal through www.auto-europe.co.uk.
Does anyone have any experience in dealing with this company?
The WWOOF office has been wonderful, but I thought I'd post here, too, with some questions:
I had an exchange with the WWOOF office and with embassies regarding a need to apply for a visa. Somewhat shaky conclusion was that one isn't needed as long as I state I'm a tourist rather than volunteer. Does that sound right?
I am a 39 year old woman with back problems, hoping that won't pose difficulty in getting an assignment.
Last, the obvious -- I am just beginning to look for placements now for any time span between Aug. 5-16. Places are filled/ filling up -- any ideas about who I could still contact? (I e-mailed 7 today and will call them on Google Voice from USA soon). I exhaustively searched the WWOOF database already, just trying to form some kind of decision about where I want to be. I'm not sure now how or what to search if I hear back that the places are full. I've... more »
hi all. Just looking for some advice on travelling switzerland and a bit of eastern france by car. Im looking at hiring a car from zurich and going to berne and lausanne for a few days. Followed by a couple of days in dijon and lyon in france. Has anyone done any travelling of this area by car before? Im not the worlds most confident driver and i dont speak the local language but i will have a navigator with me and a gps. I will be there in late september this year.
Any advice would be greatfully appreciated
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