Two weeks in Europe. Need some advice

Aug 12th, 2013, 01:13 PM
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What this mean? Que idioma? How can you take a chunnel anywhere?

There is a Channel Tunnel. It is immobile. There is a Eurostar train that traverses the Channel Tunnel, but it is a train, not a chunnel.

The only person on this forum who uses "chunnel," and claims that other Americans use it (despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary: see google searches for "chunnel" and channel tunnel resulting in 634k hits for chunnel, and 24,300K hits for channel tunnel), is PalenQ.

Jennito, you are the exception that proved his rule.

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Aug 12th, 2013, 02:24 PM
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No kidding, BR. Quel chieur!
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Aug 13th, 2013, 06:49 AM
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For goodness sakes. We say 'take the chunnel' here in the UK. Language is an ever evolving entity.
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Aug 13th, 2013, 09:30 AM
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BigRuss - do you hear burnie?

and did you read in the OP the word Chunnel - no you are a Luddite on this one!
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Aug 13th, 2013, 01:19 PM
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Quel chieur!>

Now if there ever was a case of the pot calling the kettle black this is it! Take a good look in the mirror!
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Aug 13th, 2013, 03:05 PM
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Jennito, you are the exception that proved his rule>

russ - seriously she/he is no exception and I have seen Chunnel used repeatedly over and over on this forum - where have you been? And again RailEurope, purveyor of Eurostar tickets advertises them under the headline Chunnel Tickets - why - duh - because some marketing folks told them that is what many Americans call it.

Get it?

Got it?
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Aug 13th, 2013, 06:42 PM
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It hasn't been used by anyone who knows what he's talking about for 10 years.

Go ahead and keep using it. It looks really doofusy.
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Aug 14th, 2013, 04:34 AM
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It hasn't been used by anyone who knows what he's talking about for 10 years.>

the point is lots of people who do not know what they are talking about use it - duh - it is in the vernacular of many yes to your haughty attitude clueless Americans - do you live in a bubble?

Me thinks you go too much time on your hands to continually carp about this.
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Aug 14th, 2013, 05:43 AM
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Oh, can we stop with the "I'm so much more in tune with how they do things in Europe than you are" routine?

OP, having been thoroughly lectured by the fifth grade teachers what IS your current plan so we can help you fine tune it?
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Aug 14th, 2013, 06:07 AM
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Switzerland and Netherlands are quite expensive. I would go more to the east of europe. The west is very interesting, but if you have seen some of it, you won'T see any bg differences anymore (depends on where you are)
But cities like Prague pr countries like Croatia are really something new and sometimes also undiscovered.
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Aug 14th, 2013, 06:13 AM
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I interrupt this argument to comment on jennito's new plan:

Much better to confine to London, Paris and the Netherlands. If you're into art at all, be sure to go to the Hague and Delft. Also, second PalenQ's suggestion of Bruges--try to stay overnight if possible. Again if into art, go to Ghent to see the Ghent altarpiece. It's very close to Bruges.

I would take some day trips out of London and Paris as well--Hampton Court Palace from London, Versailles, Chartres or Chantilly (Musee Conde) from Paris.

But in any event, get good guidebooks and read up on these cities and places before going. There are many good ones, but I always include a Fodor's for each city as they identify the main sites and give walking tours that permit you to organize your exploration and thus maximize your precious vacation time

Another suggestion: Once you've made a rough itinerary for each place, find and book hotels: start with Tripadvisor or Each gives traveller reviews, and permits you to use the map on the site to find other hotels near your target area. Besides traveller reviews and general location, focus in on proximity to a Tube/Metro stop as that will make getting around much quicker and easier.

Not wanting to start another war on here, but leave all valuables at home. Make a copy of your passport and put the original, any flight documents, extra credit cards and your ATM card (unless you need cash on a particular day) in the hotel safe. Tell your card issuer in advance where you are going (had a small problem in London this May--issuers are really becoming careful about potentially stolen cards). Use an ATM card to get cash--don't bother with traveller's checks.

When on the street, keep one credit card, your ATM card if you need to use it on a particular day, and a limited amount of cash in a money belt or pouch tied around your neck.
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Aug 14th, 2013, 12:36 PM
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the passport thing is a good idea but I have been stopped and asked for my passport a few times - on the street - I suspose a copy of it may work - but these are countries that require people to carry ID - national ID cards.
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Aug 14th, 2013, 02:57 PM
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When out of the country, I carry my passport with me so I know where it is at all times. When I'm home (where I live and work in tourist destinations), I wear jewelry and in a regular ol' purse carry a drivers license, multiple credit cards, gift cards, a couple hundred dollars in cash, a cell phone... and pay much less attention to my surroundings than I do when traveling.

Living on the edge, I guess.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 07:57 AM
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It hasn't been used by anyone who knows what he's talking about for 10 years>

See where Rail Europe, Rick Steves (ever heard of him?) and even a British ticket seller use Chunnel - definite proof that you are sadly mistaken when you repeatedly say that no one in the know ever uses that term - and why the OP correctly IMO used that term!

St Cirq - you gotta get out more and into the real world!

A quick Google search brings up:

Chunnel Tickets - London to Paris by Train from $63‎‎

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Find out about crossing the Chunnel and how that works with your rail pass. ... Just show the Eurostar ticket when boarding the connecting train(s) within 24 ...
What Is the Chunnel Train? | USA Today - Travel Tips - USA Today › Vacation Activities › Vehicle Tours › Trains‎
The Channel Tunnel, more commonly known as the Chunnel, is a route beneath the English Channel that connects England and France. Stretching ...
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