planning a trip to Europe next year!

Oct 19th, 2014, 08:46 AM
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It is doable, just Barcelona is a bit out on a limb, but doable in your time scales. Just check the flights out of Barcelona to Paris, (and check where airports really are)
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Oct 19th, 2014, 09:09 AM
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That would work, but I would fly to Paris and then Venice rather than take the train...they are long and I didn't enjoy the overnight train very much.

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Oct 19th, 2014, 09:35 AM
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I like Barcelona, but it's way out of the itinerary, so I can't see that. Paris to Rome or vice versa -- add two more cities?

Here are some suggestions in-between the two on a route that you could do by train easily:

some place in Switzerland, your pick (eg, Montreux), I'm not sure of the train logistics between Switzerland and Italy, but I think there are some (it isn't difficult to get from Paris to Switzerland by train)

A lot of people like the mountains in Switzerland, or places like Innsbruck, plus it is cooler there. I think that would be a good combo, actually, different from two big cities. So maybe Paris -- Switzerland-- Florence, Rome
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Oct 19th, 2014, 10:14 AM
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Nice. Thanks guys. I will try and take atleast 3 weeks but im shooting for 4-5 weeks. hehe but I would like to enjoy Europe. Always been dreaming of traveling there. I like sightseeing, food, arts, music, food, culture, buildings, outdoor, and did I say FOOD? thanks guys
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Oct 19th, 2014, 01:36 PM
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overnight trains are not for everyone... but i just love them... i love waking up at my destination in the morning without all the hassle of the airports. that said-- it's probably actually much cheaper to take the plane.. even if you figure in getting to and from the airport, etc. but you may want to try an overnight just for the experience, and paris to rome is a good one. another town we love that's pretty close to venice is bologna... food, culture, the university brings in lots of youth and music. if you do go to barcelona, we got an amazing studio w/kitchen in the heart (overlooking the little canal!) last june for way under $100us.
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Oct 19th, 2014, 04:38 PM
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oops to above... "if you do go to BOLOGNA" is what i meant...
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Oct 19th, 2014, 05:56 PM
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For economical I would suggest Spain - but at that time of year it would be hellishly hot. Central europe is generally more economical than western (and much cheaper than Switz or Scand) - so have a look at Prague, Budapest, Krakow, etc.

Strongly suggest you look at a number of tour brochures and guide books - check out several that have a lot of photos to get ideas of major sights and things you might want to see - to help you decide where you want to go.
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Oct 21st, 2014, 09:39 AM
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Even the most expensive of countries can be cheaper than the cheapest of countries depending of course on what you spend your money on - is that coffee in Switzerland worth $5 (even if with two small chocolates?) or not - optional descretionary expenses can be cut - the $3 it so it costs nowadays to send a postcard home can be avoided - keep your postcard promises down to a minimum.
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Oct 21st, 2014, 10:14 AM
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annhig and Adrienne are right--the best part of Europe is the country, towns, villages and smaller cities, not the big cities. Not to say you shouldn't visit Paris and Rome, etc., because they have a lot to offer. But don't visit ONLY Paris and Rome.

And Second PalenQ--don't miss Venice.
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