Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Annual Poll: Places you have stayed for 7 nights or more in Europe

Annual Poll: Places you have stayed for 7 nights or more in Europe

Aug 12th, 2013, 04:10 PM
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 14,845
Here are the number of weeks we've stayed in various gites in France. All of these entries are for stays that last for at least 7 nights. We typically stay for 2 weeks at a time:

Cote d’Azur
4 St Jeannet
4 Carces
1 Entrechaux
2 Vaison
8 Bedoin
2 Bourdiguet
4 Cabieres d’ Avignon
2 St Remy
1 Ganges
1 Lamalou les Bains
2 Estaing
2 Ceret
2 Cayreich
2 Puy l'Eveque
10 Cenac
1 Cantal
2 Olney
2 St Haon le Vieux
2 Lamastre
2 Loches
1 Saumur
1 Requewihr
2 Plancoet
2 Penvenen
1 Pt Aven
2 Annecy
1 Embrun
1 Briancon
Franche Comte
1 Poligny
2 Maiche
2 Beaune
2 Julennies
1 Canteloup
1 Ferrieres aux Etangs
1 Francq
Pays Basque
2 Osses
2 Sare
2 Gaillagues
1 Bressac


11 Paris
3 London
1 Rome
6 San Quirico d'Orcia in Tuscany
4 St Tropez

Stu Dudley
StuDudley is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 04:13 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 493
pja1, that's not 'bending the rules', it's breaking the rule. That's why it says '7 consecutive nights'. It's a cutoff otherwise everyone would list places they have visited for a few days several times. That list would presumably become nearly impossible for some people.

Only the one place Peter_S? I'm surprised, that's all. Is it just that you have spent most of your travel time in places other than Europe?
Improviser is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 04:17 PM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 2,924
London (x3)
Paris (x4)
Amsterdam once
Rome once
outwest is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 04:22 PM
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 4,108
Salzburg (several weeks attending a summer school language program)
Amsterdam-- twice
London--5 times (plus many shorter visits)
Brussels--four times (I had a friend stationed there)
County Wicklow Ireland (lived there for two years-probably doesn't count, but have been back for visits of week or more several times)
Conwy, Wales
Invermorriston, Scotland (near Loch Ness--happened on it by chance and used it as a base to explore the area)
Haarlem Netherlands
Doolin Ireland (we had a cottage there and it was a base for exploring but anther time would choose Ennis for that area. Did not fall in love with the place.
Dunquin Ireland (near Dingle)
Koblenz Germany (went for a wedding and spent some time exploring the Rhine from there)
Vernazza Cinque Terre Italy
irishface is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 04:25 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,281
I bow in honour of StuDudley and resolve to emulate him.

Elizabeth_S is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 05:09 PM
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 50
Loire Valley
HIroamer is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 05:12 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 4,266
<<<< Only the one place Peter_S? I'm surprised, that's all. Is it just that you have spent most of your travel time in places other than Europe? >>>

Imp, I travelled to Europe in 1975, spending about a year in the UK and continental Europe. About 5 months in Maidenhead, England, where my five year old went to school, and we did heaps of short trips from there, but I don’t recollect any stays of seven nights. Maybe seven nights in Stuttgart, a week skiing in Oberndorf, a week in Wels, Austria, with friends. Almost 40 years ago, so it’s hard to remember.

An eight night cruise ship out of Sydney (don’t ask, but it seemed a good idea at the time).

Camping for a stretch of eight or nine nights many times beside a trout stream in Aus.

Six nights on a 30’ yacht from Sydney to Hobart – six nights, but we were hammered by bad weather, and it seemed like an eternity.

Sometimes when cycling around Australia, it seemed like I was in the same place every time I woke up. Wake up, make breakfast, fold tent, pack bike, mount bike, pedal, eat, pedal some more, set up camp, eat, sleep. Repeat many times.


The first European trip with Lou, my wife, was a week in Venice, then Verona, Como, Florence, Assisi, Rome. We fell in love with Venice, became fixated with Venice, hence three more long stays.
Peter_S_Aus is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 05:15 PM
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 4,286
Geez Stu...trying to make us all look like newbies?

109 weeks of travel..You ARE my hero.

How many years have you been traveling?
michele_d is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 05:16 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,675
You say this is an annual poll. Can you direct us to the analysis that you have done on the data you collected in the previous polls in this series?

If this is your first annual poll, perhaps you can tell us what analysis you plan on undertaking and when we might see the results.
ron is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 05:43 PM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 1,664
Venice (many, many weeks)
Paris (also many weeks)
Bevagna (Umbria)
Taormina (Sicily)
Girona (Spain)
Grazalema (Spain)
Oviedo (Spain)
Rovinj (Croatia)
Ljublana (Slovenia)
Stroud (UK)
Painswick (UK)
Beaune (France)

After October I can add Zaragoza, Spain to the list.
rialtogrl is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 05:52 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 46,400
There is a big difference between staying in a region and staying in one village or town, but:

Pays Basque
Côte d'Azure
Provence - Bouches du Rhône
The Lakes District - Italy
Strasbourg - Alsace
The Loire
Pays-Basque in France
Obviously, the Dordogne.

Probably more, just don't have the memory at the moment.
StCirq is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 06:06 PM
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 5,666
Sorry, but I have read nothing from the OP that would make me want to share anything with him. And what are you doing with this anyway?
socaltraveler is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 06:39 PM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,890
The only places I have been for more than 7 days at one time are London and Paris.

I have been to MANY other cities or towns for a total of more than 7 days - but in more than one trip - some a bunch of trips.

But I'm not sure you premise is valid. I have been to Rome 6 times - and I don;t see how those trips (total of almost a month) don't count for at least the same as one trip of 8 days.
nytraveler is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 06:50 PM
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 26,390
7 consecutive nights? At one hotel? Or in a region, like 7 nights in the Schwarzwald?

I've only stayed in 2 cities more than 7 consecutive nights:
LSky is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 06:53 PM
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 64,303
My list is shorter than Stu's, and longer than rialtogirl's (Plus five years in the UK). But I won't post it here. The OP has said on another thread he is only here to stir things up and then he will depart Fodorville in the next few weeks. I'll wait til he's left the room.

If you notice- he hasn't posted his own list -- probably waiting to see what everyone posts and then will try to trump everyone w/ some cockamamie looooooong imaginary list.

(Thanks Stu, he'll have to go some to top you )
janisj is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 09:02 PM
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 14,845
>>How many years have you been traveling?<<

We started in '77, but at that time we typically spent 3-5 weeks traveling around Europe each year - but only 2-4 nights in any one spot. In '97 we stayed in a gite for a week (Dordogne) - and got hooked on just staying in one place for an extended period of time. We retired early (in our early 50s) in '99, and that year we spent 2 weeks in the Luberon in Provence France, 2 weeks near St Remy, 2 weeks in St Tropez, 2 weeks near Vaison, and then 3 weeks in San Quirico/Tuscany. We've kinda done the same thing every year since then - often three trips a year - like this year. Staying in Gites in France along with staying with our closest friends in Tuscany (free) where they had an apt, makes it affordable.

Stu Dudley
StuDudley is offline  
Aug 12th, 2013, 09:46 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 7,703
Montreux, Switzerland (I've been staying there for two weeks for the past few years, though I'll skip 2013)
Paris (lived there for a year in 1975, been back for at least a week multiple times)
Wengen, Switzerland
Mittenwald, Germany
Gstaad, Switzerland (a few times)
Dresden, Germany (a Goethe language course)
Chateau d'Oex, Switzerland
Cannes, France

I've got a bunch of places that I spent only 6 nights in, and a few more with 4 nights.

swandav2000 is online now  
Aug 13th, 2013, 05:33 AM
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 472
Provence - countryside near Avignon
Piemonte - countryside near Alessandria
Aigua Blava, Costa Brava

Will add Sarlot to list next month. Still a piker compared to many here.
phillyboy is offline  
Aug 13th, 2013, 05:45 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 16,737
Wow phillyboy, in some English speaking countries "Still a piker compared to many here" is pretty near the knuckle.

Most of the Contentin along the coast, St Malo, Dinan, Ile de Re, Le Havre, Zeebrugge, Ghoes, Hamburg, Au, Ulm, Cravant, Valle du Tarn, Barcelona, Madrid, Porto, Cadiz, Florence, Rome, Zell-am-Zee, Hopiteaux Vieux, Posnan, Kranjska Gora in the last few years. All in all probably 50 or 60 outside of the UK where I guess about the same.
bilboburgler is offline  
Aug 13th, 2013, 05:57 AM
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 21,491
I am incapable of staying in one place for very long in Europe (since I live in Paris), so I can only say


(and those last three are family stays)
kerouac is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:57 AM.