Budget for 3 Month's

Apr 18th, 2014, 06:33 PM
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In the very touristy areas, restaurant/food prices tend to be higher. Sometimes getting just a few streets over will be a bit of a drop in price.

There are fountains everywhere in Italy and you can refill your water bottle. Old ornamental fountains and metal drinking fountains. If it's any ornamental fountain that isn't for drinking it will typically have a sign saying so (non potabile).

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Apr 18th, 2014, 06:33 PM
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THANK YOU SO MUCH ADRIENNE - amazing tips, will use each and every one..

thank you so much janisj.. looks like we have to revise out budget to 75-100euro/day on average ..

i appreciate everyones help here, you all seem like experts and so happy i found this forum!!
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Apr 18th, 2014, 06:40 PM
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W/ €75-€100 you will get along fine just about anywhere. Some places you won't spend that much but that budget will give you a cushion so you don't have to pinch pennies so much and can have a few nice meals.
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Apr 19th, 2014, 01:32 AM
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In Barcelona, you could have a great value three course lunch Menú del día with drinks included for some 8-12€ in most local restaurants outside the more touristy areas. L'Aribau is my favourite in town, lots of local specialities and mostly regular guests. People usually have their main meal of the day for lunch, and there are always many good lunch deals in the office districts: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...Catalonia.html

Many Barcelona restaurants would also serve a hearty soup or stew of the day for some 3-4/6-7€ both for lunch and dinner. Use to be delicious when it has been simmering for some hours. Two people could have a great stew and a bottle of house wine at Navia, among hundreds of other places, for a total of some 15€. Open almost 24/7: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...Catalonia.html

Paella and large portions for 4€ at very popular Pollo Rico in the Raval district. Great chicken, and three course menu for 6€. http://barcelona-underground.com/pollo-rico-barcelona/

Buy bread, ham, cheese and a tomato in one of the fabulous food markets, and you have a meal from heaven for a couple of euros. And then off to a picnic in the Ciutadella park or up at Montjüic.
Ciutadella: http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/Engl...mRSDN_oGKN5iBy
Montjüic: http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/Parc...XHP4btJkzuN28w

And not much beats a juicy take-away grilled chicken anywhere in Spain (pollo asado para llevar). A large, dripping hot grilled chicken with a huge salad would be more than enough for two and cost some 10-11€.
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Apr 19th, 2014, 02:06 AM
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Kimhe's and Adrienne's and other's suggestions above are all good.

Some of us tend to forget how we traveled in Europe when young and maybe some never did.

I survived on about $10/day in the 1960s (possibly about $70 today) and never felt I lacked anything. However, I visited only free sites like cathedrals, churches, fountains, interesting streets, piazzas, etc. , and not any major museums.

It was easier and safer to hitch rides those days, so I would base myself in a major city like paris, madrid or rome and hitch to nearby locations and especially back rather than taking public transport. But I will not advise this now.

Istanbul has terrific street food, great warm bread at frequent bakeries for only 50 cents a loaf, which you can stuff with lovely tasting tomatoes at less than $1/pound and olives and white cheese and cucumbers. grilled cheese sandwiches and pizza like lahmacun are only about $1.5.

Check the street food in Istanbul thread here on Fodor's.

Public transport in Istanbul is very reasonable, especially if you get an Istanbul card which you can use for both of you.

Rome and Madrid, even Paris are great to walk as well as istanbul, because you get to see and taste and feel so much more that way. You also meet more people and have a better understanding of the culture and everyday life of the residents.

I strongly recommend that you buy one simple and cheap magazine, preferably humor, in each country, in the local language and try to decipher, at the beginning of your stay.

Good luck.
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