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Sep 4th, 2008, 07:39 AM
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Having spent time in Rome, Venice,Florence, Paris, Greece, Turkey ... all are wonderful!

I just returned from my first trip to Spain, and I am smitten. Only scratched the surface (a short two weeks), but I fell in love with the countryside of Castilla y Leon. We stayed in the La Alberca area of the Sierra Francia mountains, as well as in Salamanca and Segovia, also Madrid just for a few days ... if you love castles, history and great food, well, I can't say enough.

I found the people of Spain to be warm and welcoming - actually much more so than in many other countries I have visited.

Next year I hope to return - this time to explore Andalucia.
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Sep 4th, 2008, 09:31 AM
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Rome!!!
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Sep 4th, 2008, 10:16 AM
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Forget the Basque country....start in Madrid and head south. The influence of the Moors is breathtaking ....especially if you like photography...check out the Paradores when you are looking for lodging. The most famous one is in Granada and usually needs a year in advance to book it but you are a few feet away from the Alhambra.
Rome is a close second....Good luck!!!!!!!!
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Sep 4th, 2008, 10:24 AM
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Rome, and if you have enough time, combine a visit to Tuscany.
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Sep 4th, 2008, 06:56 PM
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Anna, do you like walking? We have recently come home from a self -guided trip of Tuscany for 3 weeks. We had 3 nights in each village and our luggage was transported to the next hotel by the rep of the company we booked with. If you only want 1 or 2 nights in each village, you can do so but we found 3 nights was perfect as it gave us time to explore the villages which are all walled villages and each very different. We started in Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico, Montalcino, Buonconvento and ending up in Siena.
This was in early June and the field flowers were coming out and the scenery magnificent. Before this we had 4 nights in a hotel in Belaggio on Lake Como and that was magnificent.
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Oct 2nd, 2008, 12:00 PM
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la toskana! definitely!
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Oct 2nd, 2008, 05:30 PM
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Not on your list...
but
Istanbul
awesome place
beautiful
great food
great restaurants & street food
among the nicest people of any place I've been
wonderful juxtapositon of old world and modern European
Get to go to Asia & Europe
amazing history, mosques, and art
not on the EU yet - turkish Lira
great stores and excellent leather
gorgeous jewelry
baklava
hip music
really fun place
do consider
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Oct 2nd, 2008, 07:53 PM
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If you pick the Dordogne I have one suggestion that nowone seems to have mentioned, hire a canoe and take a trip down the Dordogne River. You can take a trip from 1 hour onwards. You can take your camera in a waterproof container. You will take some of the most wonderful pictures or video ever and it is so relaxing. A definite must if you are in the region
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Oct 3rd, 2008, 10:55 PM
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Rome. Amazing!
with a side trip to Tuscany.

Rome the only place I have been where I would say you have "got to" see Rome before you die.
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Oct 3rd, 2008, 11:45 PM
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Rome then on to Tuscany adding Cinque Terra!
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Oct 11th, 2008, 06:37 PM
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I second risab-Istanbul is a magical city. We were there 2 years ago and for a large city it is very walkable.Safe and NOT on the Euro.
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Dec 8th, 2008, 03:46 PM
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I'm coming on to this thread late, long after the last post. Hopefully, there's stil time to add my two cents. Since you are interested in continuing to improve your French, I would recommend going to France. Knowing the language really makes a difference in your enjoyment of a country.
My husband and I studied Italian from the summer of 2006 until the summer of 2007. Our trip to Italy in September, 2006 was enhanced by the little knowledge of the language we had, but by September, 2007, we were able to sit outside a winery and speak Italian with the owner. Much to be recommended.

Please let us know where you decide to go.
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Dec 11th, 2008, 11:41 AM
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Start in Barcelona and hire a car, drive around Basque and back down to Madrid. Loved Madrid on my trip ealier this year and headed to Barcelona for the first time next Feb. Can't beat Spain for the value, extremes in what you will see and experince. Great food and great people, ton of history and totally underestimated in my opinion.
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Dec 14th, 2008, 12:24 PM
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The Dordogne without question. The locals are friendly, they let you practice your French and the local cheeses .... well my palate still yearns for more! Then there is the prehistory...go to Pech Merle a wonderful opportunity to consider how people thousands of years ago existed.

We're headed back to the Dordogne this summer.
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