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#1 peenie

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 02:52 PM

If so, would you mind sharing your experience?

I've always dreamed of taking a wonderful European vacation.

I'm going to start saving and planning for a trip next year.

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:04 PM

I have been to all of those, most recently this summer. All are fantastic to see but visiting London the first time was my favorite, followed by Paris, Barcelona, Rome, and Venice. So much tourist stuff to see in each location so I would plan at least 3-4 days in each city, with the exception of Venice, might only need a couple of days there.

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:09 PM

Other than the Vatican I did not care for Rome really.... I have just accepted I do not enjoy city vacations

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:10 PM

My wife and I spent 2 days in the French countryside as part of our honeymoon.

It seemed poor and not near as nice as either Germany or Switzerland.

We would not go back, if you go to France make sure to go to Paris or just go to a different country.
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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:10 PM

I have been to Spain.  It was fantastic.  We stayed outside of Barcelona in an old castle that was a bed and breakfast.  Spent a lot of time in and around Barcelona and Terragona.  Also, spent a day in the French Pyreness.  I was there for 6 nights.


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:11 PM

Scandinavia in the summer. The end

#7 peenie

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:12 PM

Oh, I wasn't planning to go to all, just one, lol.

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:18 PM

Well I've never been to Spain 
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#9 peenie

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:20 PM

My wife and I spent 2 days in the French countryside as part of our honeymoon.

It seemed poor and not near as nice as either Germany or Switzerland.

We would not go back, if you go to France make sure to go to Paris or just go to a different country.

 

Is it because the French aren't particularly warm/friendly people?

I've been watching some videos about Parisians and it's been quite interesting.

It's helpful to be aware of the culture before you go as I can see myself being overly sensitive and getting offended because I didn't understand our difference.

 

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#10 tubby_mcgee

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:27 PM

My wife and I spent 2 days in the French countryside as part of our honeymoon.

 

 

 

How were the mosquitoes?



#11 GhostofTEK

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:30 PM

 

 

How were the mosquitoes?

Rude and smelly would be my guess. 



#12 MTSkiBum

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:31 PM

 
Is it because the French aren't particularly warm/friendly people?
I've been watching some videos about Parisians and it's been quite interesting.
It's helpful to be aware of the culture before you go as I can see myself being overly sensitive and getting offended because I didn't understand our difference.
 
https://youtu.be/VPc8NqEo-Sc


Nothing to do with the people. The buildings are dirtier and are not as well maintained.
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#13 LOD01

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:35 PM

Nope. no interest whatsoever. The flight itself would drive me nuts. I'd have to have a couch to sleep on.


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#14 Mike Honcho

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:37 PM

1. Yes

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:47 PM

My dream is to ride the Tour de France route on a motorcycle.  I am aware that it changes from year to year but I plan to pick the most picturesque route if/when I ever do it.



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Posted 07 August 2018 - 04:28 PM

I heard Nice is nice.
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Posted 07 August 2018 - 04:29 PM

My dream is to ride the Tour de France route on a motorcycle.  I am aware that it changes from year to year but I plan to pick the most picturesque route if/when I ever do it.


I don't think they allow motorcycles in the race.
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#18 Bier Meister

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 05:14 PM

I have been to England, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria. Will share thoughts later.
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Posted 07 August 2018 - 05:14 PM

I've seen Spain, I've seen France, I've seen peenie's underpants :overhead:
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Posted 07 August 2018 - 05:20 PM

I've seen Spain, I've seen France, I've seen peenie's underpants :overhead:

maybe next time you can check his wallet for the 50 he owes bls :dunno:

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 05:52 PM

Sadly, even though MDC' s father is from France, he's never been. But he goes all the way to Wildwood NJ every year.

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:21 PM

If so, would you mind sharing your experience?
I've always dreamed of taking a wonderful European vacation.
I'm going to start saving and planning for a trip next year.
TIA
 
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Nifty little secret is Malta. Most Americans don't even know it exists. But Europeans certainly do. And they frequently holiday there. What's cool about Malta is it really is sort of a Crossroads between Africa and the Middle East and Europe. It's very anglo friendly. Lots of English, cars drive on the appropriate side of the road, very safe, Etc. Great way to experience a bunch of cultures all at once.

and, you get the added bonus of being to a place that very few Americans can say they've been to.

I highly recommend eating there.



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#23 Cloaca du jour

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:26 PM

I went to spain when I was in highschool...12 day trip...still remember it to this day...amazing architecture...art...history...

Amazing time.

We went to madrid...toledo...the beach...couple other places.

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 07:01 PM

I spent a month in Great Britain long ago. Couple of side trips into France.

As Great Britain goes, Id say spend a few days in London, and then get the hell out. That place is crazy expensive. And while there is certainly a lot to see there, it pretty much feels like America.

I loved Scotland. Some of the most beautiful countryside Ive ever seen.

I also loved Paris, although I was only there a day or two. Best food Ive ever had. I love trying to speak French. Beautiful language.

Havent done Italy or Spain. Yet.

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:31 PM

Been to all:

- Barcelona was meh.  I hear better about the Madrid area but haven't been.

- Rome and Paris are great is you like art/history.  I can give you some Rome suggestions if you are interested, PM me if so.

- London is similar but being native English speakers it isn't quite the exotic experience.

 

Of those I probably liked Rome the best.


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#26 penultimatestraw

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:59 PM

Been to London and Paris. Both were OK (but I'm not a fan of cities in general). The Chunnel makes visiting both pretty easy.

 

In England, we camped out for Wimbledon seats. Was a pretty fun experience, as people from around the world convened in a field before the tickets were sold. It's one of the few sporting championships where they save seats to be sold at face value on Match Day. We saw Federer/Berdych and Sharapova play. Also went to/saw Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.

 

In France went to most of the tourist hot spots: the Louvre, Versailles, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph, etc. Great if you like artsy stuff and architecture.

 

Didn't care for the food in either place.

 

Also been to Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. If I ever went back to Europe, I'd probably go to Norway/northern Sacandinavia, as I think it has the most natural beauty. Switzerland too. Heard good things about Spain and Italy though.



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Posted 07 August 2018 - 09:01 PM

I don't think they allow motorcycles in the race.

I know this is a joke, but the gawd damn camera people ride motorcycles and sometimes interfere with the race. This year one guy drafted behind one, probably gaining a slight advantage.



#28 Sho Nuff

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 09:08 PM

I have not...starting to plan one a couple of years out.

Wife went to London last year for a few days on her way back from an India trip and loved it.

I struggle with where I want to go for my first Eurpean trip.  Probably would hit 2 countries.

 

London/Paris       My Step Mother wants to go with when we do go over...this makes it advantageous for us to go to France (she has been many times...and taught French for 30+ years...making it much easier to enjoy when you have someone who speaks the language and knows the areas a bit).  We could also easily do a London and Paris trip and travel between the two.  

 

Spain/Italy.   Step mother subbed for Spanish as well and speaks it ok...I speak a tiny bit too.  Though, that is Mexian Spanish vs. Spain Spanish...yes there are differences.  Barcelona and Vatican/Rome would be a nice trip too.  

 

German/Switzerland?  Germany for sure...not sure Swiss or somewhere else as our add on if we did that...Belgium maybe.  More of the cultural things we may like and more of where we have more ancestry.  The down is none of us speak German.  But that wouldn't be too big of an issue.  The plus is its where my Step Mother has not visited and a place my dad always wanted to go and never got around to.

 

In any of those...Id love to go during a soccer season and catch a game with my son.  His list would probably go Barcelona 1, Arsenal/London 2, Munich 3.



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Posted 08 August 2018 - 05:38 AM

I've been to Barcelona a couple of times, Paris I think 6, and London once. I liked Paris the best. It's a city I could just walk around in and never get bored. I just love the vibe of the city. London was fantastic, as well. Barcelona was kind of blah. Not a lot to see, really.

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 06:35 AM

Italy.

 

Loved it.

 

Started in  Venice (don't bother visiting Murano), used the train to go everywhere, had an unplanned day and decided to stay in Verona for that day, nice small town, can take in a play at the coliseum they have there.

 

Florence is nice, visit the ufizi.  Sienna is fun when they are holding the Palio, I prefer Umbria over Tuscany, favorite town is Orvieto.

 

Rome is good for a visit, Capri is fantastic, an absolute must. There are plenty of day trips out of Rome that can take you to the coast, or to some medieval places in the north etc, Pisa is a total tourist trap, avoid


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#31 peenie

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 05:38 PM

Looking forward to more stories, opinions and maybe even pictures.

So far, I guess London is my best bet and traveling to Scotland or Wales or even Paris by train.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 06:15 PM

London really is like visiting New York City. If I might suggest? Go instead to Newcastle. It's got all the big city feel without the big city downside. It's a really fun city. Ranked every year as like Party City at the UK or something like that. Guarantee you'll have more fun there then you would London.

Roughly like visiting Chicago instead of New York City. Very rough analogy.
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#33 Gladiators

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 06:16 PM

Roughly like visiting Chicago instead of New York City. Very rough analogy.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 06:16 PM

Also, might I suggest you rent a car and try a road trip from London to Belfast?
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 06:17 PM

I see what you did there


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#36 Gladiators

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 06:26 PM

Not THAT Chicago. More Rush and Division ish.


Of course

#37 jerryskids

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 07:12 PM

Also, might I suggest you rent a car and try a road trip from London to Belfast?


Driving a car on the wrong side of the street is an interesting experience. :thumbsup:

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#38 peenie

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 07:18 PM

Don't they all drive manual cars? I can't drive a stick shift.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 07:32 PM

Don't they all drive manual cars? I can't drive a stick shift.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 08:25 PM

Driving a car on the wrong side of the street is an interesting experience. :thumbsup:

Agreed. Even better with a manual transmission.