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My girlfriend and I are planning on taking a trip to Europe in late May 2014. I will be defending my dissertation in early May, and after years of avoiding long trips for my Ph.D. studies, we want to celebrate with a romantic two-week adventure. It will probably need to be the last week in May and the first week in June.

We have some clear ideas of what we want to do, but we're very open to recommendations/suggestions to tighten up the itinerary. We have both previously been to Europe - she went on a week trip to Paris and the south of France, and I studied abroad in London for about six months. I went to Dublin, around the UK, Paris, Barcelona, and Rome. In terms of what we're looking for in a trip, we both want to see things that we will never get the chance to see again, either man-made or natural, we are very into food and the culinary arts (especially dessert...haha) and culture. We are not looking for any clubbing or partying. We want experiences. In terms of $$, we are looking for something middle of the road. We're not on a crazy strict budget, but I am a long-time graduate student, so we can't do anything super expensive either.

My heritage is very German, so we were thinking about starting our trip in Munich (seems more our style with beer halls and castles and alps rather than Berlin). After staying there for a few days, we were thinking about taking the train through the Alps and into Switzerland, perhaps to spend a couple days in Zurich/Lucerne. After that, we're not sure...haha. We know we want to end the trip with 4-ish days in London. I have very fond memories of my time there, and my girlfriend has never been, so she wants to experience the city with a guide (me) and I want to relive my not-so-distant youth. I will also say that we would consider dropping Switzerland and doing something else for the middle leg of the trip if it fits what we're looking for. So, can anyone give advice on what we have already or suggest what happens between Munich and London? Thanks!

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