Posted 25 June 2005 - 09:16 AM
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Posted 25 June 2005 - 09:25 AM
Although im dying with jeleousy.. ah ha.. i have to give you this piece of advice
my FBIL and wife just came back from europe.. they were only there for
4 weeks... however the first 8 days of there trip was on a gorgeous cruise...around the mediteranean (sp?)... the went from Italy, to France, Spain, Majorca, Barcelona, Tunisia, and then back to Genoa italy, where they did sight seeing in rome... then they flew to greece and island hopped for 2 weeks...
Now to see all those countries (apart from greece) it cost them 3,500 for the both of them...8 nights... THERE WAS A ALL MEALS (6 course dinner) ALL ACCOM... coz they were in a room with a BALCONY... and judging by the photos they had a ball...
i think this is a great way to see many of the "main" capitals etc without spending $$$$$ on flights, accomodation etc etc.... the highly recommend it... and are going back next year.... i might go to.. he he.. depending on how much money i blow in the USA in November.. he he
PM me if you are interested
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Posted 06 July 2005 - 06:55 PM
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Posted 07 July 2005 - 12:00 PM
Last time I was in Europe I was in YH@s, but we want a hotel this time. But like you guys, just a place to sleep, definitely not 5 star. So being able to read reviews would be great!
Posted 07 July 2005 - 09:53 PM
Posted 29 July 2005 - 02:23 PM
H2B and me went to Europe late last year to visit family and friends, so we're planning on getting married there (and thus our honeymoon will be travelling there)
Although we spent a lot of time staying with family, in some of the art (and London) cities we stayed in hotels - our Travel agent had stayed in a couple, our parents in another and family found one for us - but try Lonely Planet guides for accom tips and prices - and of course what to do!
3 tips are to;
a) get accommodation close to the Underground/Metro/trains and buses, means everywhere is close (prolly NOT a good idea to get accom near a big landmark if you want to sleep at all - Fontana di Trevi doesn't get quiet 'til 11-12ish most nights, we had a picnic there one night and it was packed about 100+ people)
Contiki etc... tours are good if you want to see all the main things and don't need to see family/friends in little villages etc... usually your accom/tickets to major attractions are sorted and meals are usually included and they take you everywhere. If wanting to make your own way around, Eurostar in France, Switzerland and Italy is highly recommended!!!
c) learn a little of the language (even just hello/goodbye/thank you) as even though most people in the big cities (Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice) speak English, they'll appreciate your attempts to speak their language. And even if they say the understand 'the English', speak slowly (you may not realise it, but we aussies speak quite quickly) and hand gestures are pretty much universal
You will come across rude or unhelpful people, but be prepared to be surprised by how nice others can be too! One guy in the middle of Paris at 9pm (mine and H2B's french is pretty lousy) stopped and gave us directions without being asked (he must've seen me and H2B looking pretty stressed) even though he didn't speak any English and our French was limited to Merci beaucoup!
I know this is hugely long, so thanks for reading - and if you need any advice, just PM me
PS When in Rome (or London or Paris) do as the Romans do - may sound obvious but a tour bus in Italy had translations for English, French, German, etc... about 8 languages! and one very silly American woman complained loudly that there wasn't an AMERICAN translation!
Posted 31 July 2005 - 10:43 PM
|QUOTE (Vera-Wang @ Jun 24 2005, 06:24 PM)|
I was just wondering if it is okay to do your own tour if this is your first trip to Europe?
Of course it is.
Do whatever you like.
My first trip to Europe (I go every 2nd yr) was 3 mths alone, I got around by train and bus, and saw what i wanted when i wanted, not what the tour guys wanted me to! Also you can spend as long as you like somewhere. Loved the history the food the languages the culture, of all the countries I went to.
When describing Australia, is 2 nights in Sydney "seeing australia"? No, so why is 2 nights in Madrid "seeing spain"?
Posted 31 July 2005 - 11:06 PM
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Posted 26 August 2005 - 10:53 PM
We are doing the cruise mentioned above by Polly- genoa, rome, sicily, tunisia, majorca, barcelona, marseilles.Cant wait to relax on the suite with balcony! Then travelling down the italian coast to sicily then tour sicily! 7 weeks to go! YAAYAY
smooky 2 due 22 Dec, elective CS 15 Dec ???
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