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Old 04-05-2006, 07:18 AM   #1
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The "What To Do In Europe" Thread

Ok.....So I'm planning very much ahead here, but i'm extremely bored at the moment, and can use some ideas anyway..

I'm off to europe in August (at this stage), as soon as I finish my computer course.
Planning on going for, at least a month, at the most two months ..(hopefully two!)

I could use a list of places I should visit (i know there'll be far too many!)
Firstly, I'm planning on starting in London and go from there..so If you guys wanna recomend some cites/other places I should visit, go ahead.

I'm meeting up with a friend who just flew over yesterday.
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Old 04-05-2006, 08:29 AM   #2
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What countries are you planning on visiting? Best thing to get to plan your trip - Michelin guides.
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Don't go to Birmingham in the UK it's not pretty. Stratford is just down the road from there though, about 20 miles away. It's Shakespeare's birthplace and loads of tourists go there, nice little town.

Go to Barcelona too. It's a beautiful city although it's going to be VERY hot in august
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if you like architecture and churches, Belgium has the most beautiful church with exquisite stained glass ever - right across from the train station, definitely a must see.
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A wonderful place to visit would be Andalucia, southern Spain. Visit cities such as Granada (The Al Hambra palace), Cordoba, Seville...
All wonderful and beautiful places.....
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In England, Oxford or York are beautiful cities to visit.
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Withernsea, UK is nice at that time of year
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Don't go to Birmingham in the UK it's not pretty.
I'm sure Brum has a charm all of its own!

I've not been but what about Edinburgh in Scotland? That's supposed to be incredibly beautiful. (Plus if you get the GNER train up from London you stop at York on the way!)

Oh, and if you do travel by train much in the UK avoid Virgin Trains AT ALL COSTS!!!
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Snowdonia National Park in Wales looks great too.
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I loved Switzerland. The history in its Forest Cantons, the archives museum in Schwyz and the museum in Bern are all worth seeing. Don't forget the fantastic ice cream, either! It's served with whipped cream. Yum!
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In England I would recommend Portsmouth, Winchester and Andover. Those were some of my favourites.

Definitely go to Ireland!!

Dublin and Belfast are fun cities. The North coast is beautiful. Cliffs of Moher are breathtaking.

I also loved Paris and Rotterdam. Lots to see and do there.
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If you make it to Switzerland, try to go hiking in the Berner Oberland--we stayed in Murren for six days and hiked all over in the Lauterbrunnen Valley area. It's fantastic.

If you're going to be in Germany try to spend a couple of days chilling in Baden-Baden, awesome spa town. Munich and Berlin are both excellent also--polar opposites but both excellent in thier own way.

If you'll be in France you have to spend four or five days in Paris. Try not to have "museum panic" if you do. We had a much better time our second trip there, this fall, because we relaxed and hung out in the neighborhoods much more. Normandy is breathtaking also.

And last but certainly not least--try to save 10 days or so for Ireland. Especially at that time of year, it's great there. Dublin, Galway, Dingle, Doolin (near the Cliffs, great town for live music), Kinsale, Killarney. Oh yes, I have spent a lot of $$ in the pubs in Ireland.

Rick Steves' website has lots of great information--you should check it out, there are reccomendations for how to get the biggest bang for your buck within the timeframe you have...
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York are beautiful cities to visit.



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I've not been but what about Edinburgh in Scotland? beautiful.
Edinburgh is great!


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If you make it to Switzerland, try to go hiking in the Berner Oberland--we stayed in Murren for six days and hiked all over in the Lauterbrunnen Valley area. It's fantastic.
i've been around there, stayed in Gimmelwald. yep, that area is fantastic.

also in Switzerland, Luzern was cool.



i also agree with the Barcelona & Dublin reccomendations.
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seeing catlady's post reminded me of Amsterdam, if you are a cat person be cure to check our the catboats - when we went we saw a boat that was house to many many many many cats, it was strange to hear of so many cats and we wondered where they all were, and then we found out, they were sheltered on boats, and we toured one...another fascinating place to visit. Especially if you like to eat things on sticks..you'd be surprised what you can find on a stick.
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Prague, Berlin, and Munich are all totally awesome cities. I also recommend Switzerland.

Prague is great because they're still on the Czech Crown, so the currency is much cheaper to exchange. Go now because in 2010 they go to the Euro!
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