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Nov 6th, 2008, 12:15 PM
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Budapest is one of my favourite cities, but I don't think it is a good project for a weekend if you cannot fly there directly; you end up spending too much of your limited time in travelling.

Venice is expensive -- even the Italians think so. It doesn't seem a natural destination for a girls' celebratory weekend. I suggest that you save it for a trip with your man.

I didn't find Rome particularly cheap, but it is very interesting, lots to see.

I know a lot of participants in this group like Lisbon, but I have an impression that Irish people are less conscious of it as a good destination than they should be.

You can get some ideas from my trip reports on some of the cities in which you are interested:

[What sort of husband has suspicions about his wife going to Amsterdam? It's wives who should be suspicious of their husbands going there.]
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Nov 6th, 2008, 07:26 PM
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First step would be to spell both Edinburgh and Venice correctly!!
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Nov 6th, 2008, 10:48 PM
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The part that would dissuade me from Venice is that you are going on a weekend (I think) when crowds are likely to be at their worst.

But I would not put off visiting a city that interests you because you aren't going with a man. I have a friend who has been waiting for decades for a man to take her to Paris - guess what, it hasn't happened.

Given how short your time is, maybe Rome's the best bet, because you'll land at a nearby airport (in contrast to going to Girona and by bus to Barcelona).
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Nov 7th, 2008, 01:12 AM
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I really appreciate all your replies and appreciate the almost unanimous vote for Rome.I've spoken with most of the group and they seem content to let me choose.Rome here we come....

Now that's settled,providing we can get flights,where to stay?Please suggest a great area of the city as a base for our few days?I hate large ornate hotels and equally travel lodge style accomadation.My choice would be usually something more authentic and unique to the place I visit.We love good gourmet food/pastry /cheese/speciality shops and pedestrianised streets with loads of bistro style eating choices and oppertunities to sit and watch the world pass by with a good glass(or three) of wine,surrounded in finr buildings!Please do reccomend THE must do/see sights...the ones we absolutely cannot miss,the ones perhaps others may have missed.I.e. the one that made the trip for you...Thanks for all the suggestions
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Nov 7th, 2008, 02:16 AM
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WillTravel wrote: "But I would not put off visiting a city that interests you because you aren't going with a man. I have a friend who has been waiting for decades for a man to take her to Paris - guess what, it hasn't happened."

The Ballad of Lucy Jordan comes to mind.

runnerB and her man have already been to Paris, and I'd bet that if she wanted it, he would go to Venice with her (with the three children in tow).

I didn't go to Venice with a man. But Herself did.
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Nov 7th, 2008, 03:45 AM
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That's some memory you have there,Padraig...and yes of course Him indoors would give his eyeteeth and fast disappearing hair folicals to go to Venice(spelling corrected) with me on a romantic trip/or with the entire brood in tow.Unfortunately,ithere's not a chance of it at the moment.....My thanks for setting the record straight though...
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Nov 7th, 2008, 06:17 AM
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I think Rome is a great choice. Very good shopping! Lots to do no matter the weather. (You don't say what time of year you're traveling. But the weather's got to be better than in Ireland.)

It's hard to recommend a hotel without knowing your budget. Most of us prefer the area around the Pantheon/Piazza Navona/Campo dei Fiori. It's central and walkable to all the main sights. Look at or The latter site has the hotels placed on a map.
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Nov 7th, 2008, 06:25 AM
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As it's a girls' weekend, and at least one has an untrusting husband, perhaps you should check out the possibilities of being accommodated in a convent. They offer some of the best value for money.
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Nov 8th, 2008, 09:26 AM
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You have got to be joking,Padraig...I know that the convents are are much used form of accomadation but this will be my one and only trip away from the kids and I will not bow to his long documented and vile controling behaviour...which incidently he has used for years on my friend.She recently returned from a trip with her aged mother(unable to travel to visit relatives on her own)and her husband and all the sons refuse to speak to her and leave the room whenever she enters,because she "left the Family"...five days of silence and counting.Words on this site would not be permitted to describe my exact feelings towards this individual.....I wouldn't put him out if he was on fire!Luckily,I have one of the very good ones,who trusts me regardless.

Ok. rant over..but I do appreciate the suggestion.I don't think it's for us.I believe they have a curfew and I quite fancy a late night stroll when the streets are quite or an early morning run before the crowds.I'd like to get my own feel for the place.

Thanks for the help with the areas to stay, Mimar.I think our Budget will have to be Three star or less..I don't want to add ammunition to the fire with this particular husband(for her sake,not his)
I would really appreciate any suggestions you may have...I have been checking out the other threads on this forum and the Hotel Parlamento or hotel San Carlo seem reccomended.Any ideas?

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Nov 8th, 2008, 11:32 AM
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Most of the posters like to stay in central Rome. When we go to Rome we prefer Hotel Villa del Parco on Nomentana. The bus is within a block and another bus in 2 blocks. One goes straight to the Vatican and points in between. The people at the hotel are so helpful. It has a good breakfast.

There is a small restaurant with wonderful pizza and other Italin entrees not far from the hotel. There is also a supermarket a few blocks away and we manage to go there each time.

We like it there because it is not "touristy" and is welcoming.
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Nov 8th, 2008, 12:27 PM
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runnerB, I am very sorry to hear about your friend's mistreatment. I didn't mean to comment on your own situation, so I hope it wasn't taken that way.

Padraig, I had never heard of the "Ballad of Lucy Jordan" - very intriguing, thanks.

As for Rome, I think you couldn't go wrong with Hotel San Carlo or Parlamento. I stayed at Hotel Julia, not far away from either, and I was fine with that. Also look at Domus Julia.
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Nov 8th, 2008, 02:09 PM
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DH and I stayed at the Hotel Smeraldo last May. The location is absolutely perfect within easy walking distance to The Pantheon,Piazza Navona and only 1 block from Campo Di Fiori.It was great to be able to walk everywhere. The price was excellent too and the room large by Europeon standards. I suggest you check out hotels on tripadvisor for reviews.We always find our hotels in Europe using tripadvisor.Be sure to get a pizza at Da Baffetos which is also within walking distance to the Hotel Smeraldo and right next to the Piazza Navona. Da Baffetos is said to have the best pizza in Rome.Don't expect fantastic service though but it was definitely quick if abrupt service and the best pizza I have ever had.
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Nov 8th, 2008, 02:30 PM
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Here is a link for an article that discusses some budget hotels in Rome.
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Nov 9th, 2008, 06:51 AM
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Remember the number of stars doesn't necessarily correspond with the price. I can recommend the 3-star Albergo Cesari, very centrally located on a quiet pedestrian street. I really like walking in Rome (and other foreign cities). You can see so much along the way.

And a hotel in a central location is handy for a group if you want to split up and then meet later.
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Nov 9th, 2008, 07:23 AM
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If you want somewhere with an Irish flavour one night you could try Mad Jack's on Via Arenula. They do great cocktails (and Guiness) and it's a fun relaxed atmosphere.

The restaurants around the Pantheon have a good atmosphere especially at night.
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Nov 10th, 2008, 02:09 AM
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Thanks so much for all the advice on's exactly the information I needed.Unfortunately,over the weekend two of the kids were sick so I wasn't able to check out the various options that's on the list for today.
So,if I may be so bold to take advantage one last time of your traveling experience,I need a reccomendation for a really good meal on the" celebration /commiseration night"!!

Don't worry about it offence taken and thanks again for all the ideas.They're much appreciated.
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Nov 10th, 2008, 04:04 AM
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As an aside about 'Lucy Jordan' - I didn't know it until it featured on the soundtrack of one of my favourite films, 'Thelma & Louise'.
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