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A trip to Europe - Visited 14 cities in 15 days

A trip to Europe - Visited 14 cities in 15 days

May 19th, 2014, 06:44 PM
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Hi Cherthor,

I would reiterate O'Reilly's question: "Cherthor, where are you from and, if you don't mind me asking, how old are you?"

Ah, youth! I appreciate your energy and enthusiasm. Enjoyed your pics of Lake Lucerne - lovely area.

Hopefully, you will have many years ahead to revisit and savor these spots with time to explore more thoroughly. Thanks for sharing....
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May 19th, 2014, 07:21 PM
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It was really nice that in spite of comments and doubts, you took time to write a report. You obviously appreciated so much that you saw and experienced. Not my speed, but it was enjoyable to follow your trip. You are certainly good at planning. Glad you enjoyed it so much.
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May 20th, 2014, 02:18 PM
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Sorry, I've been traveling and didn't see comments directed at me until now. One of them was this:

"i too would like to see some links to these trip reports that you cite, Sandralist."

Here you go, with pertinent quotes:


"We got off the train in Verona and hit our first problem – we hadn’t looked at a map and had no idea how to get from the train station to the city centre."

"We were faced with our old dilemma upon reaching Parma – we knew where we had to be for lunch, but had no idea how to get to the city centre from the train station... We were also forced to have two bottles of excellent wine with lunch – we were so long eating it seemed only natural....We stumbled out of the restaurant and started back towards the train station, getting briefly distracted on the main street for another few glasses of wine to finish off the afternoon while we waited for the afternoon train (there were probably earlier ones we could have taken..... When we finally did get to the train, I passed out and snored loudly from what Jamie tells me."

"In retrospect, it would have been better to have checked the train times last night to see when the trains to Pisa were scheduled to run...When we finally got to the station, we had a 20 minute wait for our train. At this point I think my body gave up trying to keep me cool and I started sweating profusely and feeling dizzy and like I was going to be sick. We went into the pedestrian underpass to get out of the sun where I sat down until I cooled down a bit. The train finally arrived and we made it back into Lucca without issue, although I feel a bit bad for the people in the carriage with us – I couldn’t have smelled very good by this point."

Or this one, which is a tale of just one mindless pigout after another, filled with misspellings of food names and cluelessness about things as simple as gelato and nutella, until finally this comes out:


"i knew that two meals a day like this couldn't work from my last encounter but i was so keen i had us eat out again and on the way home we actually had to stop mid mortorway as i was so ill. Two minutes earlier i was absolutely fine and suddenly the most intense pain i have ever had came over me. I have never felt anything like it and was actually scared i was going to collapse!!!!"

"then it hit me that i might actually be sick i was feeling so full from the day's feasting, i started to panic (there was only one female toilet- i cant hog that and besides it was right next to the main room so people would here me) but before we had a chance to halt desert the first course was delivered (yes there were two!). Ok so i am no huge fruit fan but i think this is the happiest i have ever been when the huge plate was slowly set down and i saw that it was just fruit (very pretty and colourful fruit-cherries, apricots, pineapple, melon, orange but still just fruit- i might actually cope-thank you!) I had feared a huge crepe or plate of rich cakes !! i decided to try some water melon-maybe this would help me. But then as soon as i saw the guy shoot by i had to halt the food and requested we have our second food course to go as it was caneronolli and while i was stuffed i was not mad- i knew that on a normal day in london i would crave the ones i had previously had on a trip to naples so there was no way i was going to let these slip by. They were very kind and packed them up in a little box, complete with a bed to strawberry coulis and mint leaves. We paid up (70 euros including a half caraffe of house wine, good value for so so much food!) and drove home where i just collapsed onto the day bed (i fear i will miss these beds!) But still i had not learned and wenty minutes later curiosity got the better of me and i had to try the caneronolli so had a tiny cut of one. Very filling with lemon flavoured delicate cream inside. In honesty not as amazing as the ones i had remembered from naples but still nice and am sure i would have appreciated far more if i wasn't still on the edge of being sick. Don't get me wrong the sick feeling was purely from over eating and nothing to do with the Masseria, which was on the whole excellent food and reminded me that Italian cuisine was far far more than just pasta and pizza.

Then it was bed time, to dream of those potatoes................

Today...Cistercnino and possibly Locorotondo.....

Eventually we drove on with my head half out of a fully open window all the way home- i couldn't even help us navigate out narrow country road- i looked like a mannequin handing out the window."

There are plenty others like this on Fodor's for other countries, but can I stop now? They are cheered on by other "Fodorites" with comments like "love this!" and "you're my kind of traveler!" and blah blah. But when someone has a lovely, well organized trip where they are really jazzed to see something of the world, the same people turn up to sneer. I am not making this up. Maybe other people should "put up or shut up" for a change. I have noticed many of them actually don't travel all that much. They just talk about trips they never actually take.
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