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looking for advice for trip to europe w kids - Ireland/Scotland in October or Germany/Austria at Christmas?? need opinions please!

looking for advice for trip to europe w kids - Ireland/Scotland in October or Germany/Austria at Christmas?? need opinions please!

May 11th, 2008, 08:05 PM
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I think your girls will love either place for years to come, so you really can't make a wrong decision. It sounds like your family is imaginative and creative, and since you involve your children in the planning, whatever order you visit those countries, they will enjoy what you do and will remember different things.

We first went to Scotland when my daughters were 10 and 12 One day we climbed a "fairy hill" and walked around the tree at the top and made our fairy wish. They loved it. We were in the country 10 days or so, did a lot of driving (luckily they love the car and read/wrote in their journals), BUT barely scratched the surface of Scotland. There are a few roads that you can drive at "highway speeds" but really, you will end up on much smaller roads, where, indeed, 35 mph is a good speed. Hit those single track roads and you will go a lot slower - but the things you see when you do are just magical.

We've also gone to Germany/Austria twice with our girls for Christmas/New Years. At this point mine were middle school/high school age, but I think younger children would also enjoy it. Nearly all the markets have children's rides, ice skating, etc. for the younger ones. Be aware that most of the markets close by Christmas Eve. You will want to Christmas in a place that will have restaurants and a few attractions open - someplace like Salzburg is great.

Also, Germany certainly has its own familiarity with fairy tales (thinking Grimm!)

A final thought: your girls may want to make travel journals of some sort - either written (not so much the younger, I guess) or spoken into a little voice recorder. We did this on a lot of our trips, and their accounts are just priceless. It's amazing the details children notice.
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May 12th, 2008, 12:22 AM
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Enjoy enjoy. To give you a bit of comfort that you've made a good choice I wanted to say that I am another Irish person who would go for Salzburg / Germany over Christmas.

It can be beautiful here in the summer when the days are long and you can enjoy the scenery. In the middle of winter we don't have so much to offer whereas the Christmas markets and Salzburg will be just magical.

I've also never heard of fairy rings here and suspect they might be a bit of a gimmick and your kids could be disappointed. Great suggestion by gruezi to get the fairy fix in Maine.
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May 12th, 2008, 03:16 AM
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Janis wrote "you can't really see Dublin and/or Cork and/or Galway in a week, and
the kids will hate you afterwards since they will spend hours a day in the back seat of a car ".
Not to beat a dead hourse but this is an extreme exaggeration.

Janis also wrote" They are practical info based on having lived in the UK for 5 years"

How nice for you!
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