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2 weeks in Europe - where to go and how to travel?

Jun 24th, 2012, 04:44 PM
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It will be a whirl wind trip, and it will take weeks to sort your pictures and your thoughts. I just took a trip to Nice, Monaco, Monty Carlo, Rome and Cannes. The travel time is a killer. Because I was taking a round trip from Nice, I had a 7 hr lay over in Nice before Rome. I left the US on thurs 6pm but didnt get to my hotel in Rome until Fri 10pm. Then I had 3 days in Rome, and the 4th AM I went back to Nice, and had a driver to LaBocca. I spent 3 days in Cannes,and LaBocca and the 4th came back to the US. Its been a month, and Im still trying to sort out the details, and the pictures. I took about 1500. It wasnt enough time, for sure, and I even cancelled my day trip to Naples and Pompeii because of not feeling well. I cant imagine if I would have squeezed that it too. Im now sitting home wishing I would have gotten an apt in Rome for 2 weeks and just submerged myself in the culture. Thats another thing, the culture shock between Rome and FRance was immediate. The people in Rome were so much friendlier, and it was a lot more comfortable in Rome as well. Well what ever you do, it will be fun and youll be able to add a lot of places to your travel experience. Either way, it will be worth it.
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Jun 24th, 2012, 04:56 PM
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Dawn_ReimerSirekis: "It will be a whirl wind trip, and it will take weeks to sort your pictures and your thoughts. . . . Well what ever you do, it will be fun and youll be able to add a lot of places to your travel experience. Either way, it will be worth it."

Whatever they did I'm sure they had a great time. The trip was in April (the thread is a year old)
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Jun 24th, 2012, 07:01 PM
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If you have not bought your airplane tickets yet, DO go to Venice first and then Rome, as it makes more sense (look at a map of Italy and see that going to Rome first forces you to backtrack to get to Venice).

But even more important, your flight home would be so early you will find it very difficult to find transportation from your hotel to the airport three hours earlier.
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Jun 24th, 2012, 08:15 PM
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charnees: read above ^
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Jun 26th, 2012, 03:55 PM
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Imho you have a good starting plan. Because of limited time and a little "getting over jet lag" time I would just do London, Paris and Rome, saving the others for your next trip. You will have a great time and you will find plety to do in LPR. Have a great trip. April is a good time to go. Remember the song ... April in Paris.
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Jun 26th, 2012, 04:51 PM
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Interesting how many people contribute without reading all the preceding posts -- like janisj's.
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Jun 26th, 2012, 05:30 PM
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AisleSeat: "Imho you have a good starting plan. Because of limited time and a little "getting over jet lag" time I would just do London, Paris and Rome, saving the others for your next trip. You will have a great time and you will find plety to do in LPR. Have a great trip. April is a good time to go."

OK -- I'll try one more time. The trip is over and done with . . . last April . . .
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Jul 17th, 2012, 06:37 PM
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I think you have a great itinerary. I am flying into Barcelona, Spain from Phoenix,AZ... I have a mini car reserved Ford KA Titanium (48 mpg) makes a huge difference when gas is $8.00 gallon. I bought a Tom Tom GPS with western europe map on ebay for $49.99 already. I am driving from Barcelona to Marseille (Hotel), Carcassonne, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, St Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, Monaco, Nice (Hotel), Portifino, Pisa, Rome (Hotel), Aprillia, Naples, Pompei, Mt Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Massa Lubrense (Hotel), Florence (Hotel), Maranello (Ferrari museum), Venice (Hotel) then drive back to Barcelona in 14 days. I want to see everything on this trip because I dont know when I may come back. Total miles 2300 roundtrip. No big deal... I've driven from Chicago, IL to Phoenix, AZ 1810 miles 28 hours straight with just naps. I reserved all 8 hotels in advance on Priceline.com with $45.00 day average price per hotel.
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Jul 17th, 2012, 08:50 PM
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Old thread, but I love this last post!
Yoipitydafool, I hope you have a video camera you can attach to your car.
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Jul 17th, 2012, 10:47 PM
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"Yo, I pity the fool". Yep, absolutely correct. And for everyone the the original post is ONE YEAR OLD.
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Jul 18th, 2012, 06:35 AM
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yoipitydafool . . . well at least you got the "fool" part of your screen name right.

And to compare it to crossing the Midwest USA? What a waste of time and money.
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Jul 18th, 2012, 07:15 AM
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Also wonder what dafool saw during his "28 hours straight with just naps" drive.
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Jul 18th, 2012, 08:06 AM
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Also, I was initially planning to book a Eurail pass, but now i am not too sure. Since the countries we plan to visit have mostly high-speed trains that require reservation, is it really a good idea to buy the pass? Instead, we could just opt for individual city passes for daily travel. What do you suggest?>

We plan to visit London (3 days), Paris (3 days), Florence (3 days), Rome (3 days) and Venice (1 day), in that order. Our starting point is London and we take our flight back home from Venice.>

Though the railpass provides first class travel, which IMO has immense benefits for folks on the trip of a lifetime for this trip if you want to do online discounts in 2nd class you could save a lot of money over a first-class pass it seems.

Passes are not valid on the Chunnel trains London to Paris and you can score great deals at www.eurostar.com if you act far in advance - just show up and pay top top dollar.

And between Paris and Italy there are similar deep discounted fares available at www.voyages-sncf.com or on the overnight Thello train links Paris to Venice (www.thello.com I think) and in Italy from www.trenitalia.com.

Railpasses are not even valid on the Thello overnight I think. Travel at night and save a night's hotel costs to boot.

For lots of great info on trains in those countries I always spotlight these fantastic IMO sites - www.seat61.com (great info on online discounts); www.ricksteves.com and www.budgeteuropetravel.com.

early birds get the worms on the discounted tickets which are sold in allotments and often sell out weeks early.
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Jul 18th, 2012, 08:16 AM
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PQ - get w/ the program. The OP is a year old and their trip was back in April . . .
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Sep 1st, 2012, 07:28 PM
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To everyone who keeps telling people how old the post is: I just started planning my trip, I came upon this site and have found the comments helpful. They may not pertain to NehaK anymore, but they may be helpful to others!
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Mar 18th, 2014, 09:25 AM
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Ok so it's been close to two years since the trip above and pretty shameful of me not to return to the site all this while.....had a 'Paris' baby and the past 2 years have been crazy☺️ Just reading the comments has made me soooo nostalgic!!
First up, I would like to thank you guys for helping me plan a great trip....esp Janisj, Christina and Sassafras!
We did have an awesome trip...finally did only London Paris and Rome; we had booked air tickets for Venice but cancelled as we were celebrating my FILs 60th b'day and had be be back home, which turned out to be a blessing as any more cities and it would have been so rush rush.
Few things I wished I had done differently:
1. Spend 2 full weeks only in London and some day trips - I loved the city...it's so vibrant. In 4 days we just concentrated on central London, maybe just skimmed it as there is so much to see
2. As Charnees mentioned, If you do have to do Venice, Florence and Rome, fly into Venice, then Florence and finally Rome.
3. ok this one might not agree with some but if you have just 3.5 days in Paris, skip Louvre! Instead, spend those few hours just walking in those streets, browsing shops, siting in a cafe and eating those delightful macaroons/ pastries and then wandering through gardens. That said, please do visit Musee Orsay and Orangerie if you like Impressionist art.

Wow, now I want to write a trip report!
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Mar 18th, 2014, 09:48 AM
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NehaK: The thread is 2 years old

Welcome back! Great you had a good time - and new baby and all we'll cut you some slack.

But it is never too late to do a trip report.
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Mar 18th, 2014, 09:49 AM
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Meant to add - just watch - someone will post advice for how to improve your trip . . .
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Mar 18th, 2014, 11:37 AM
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I have marked my calender and will respond in two years on how to improve the trip.
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Mar 18th, 2014, 12:56 PM
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wow, this is a record, thanks for reporting back!
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