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What place in Europe do you think is 'to die' for?

What place in Europe do you think is 'to die' for?

Feb 28th, 2007, 01:31 PM
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Villa D'Este on Lake Como. Standing on the balcony and looking across the lake to the red tiled roofs and sitting outside at night and watching the fireworks on the lake. This is hard to beat.
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Feb 28th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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Varenna on Lake Como (or anywhere on Lake Como!), the Berner Oberland, especially Lauterbrunnen, and PARIS! In no particular order. Whoops, forgot anyplace in Tuscany. OK, anywhere between Paris and Rome, all the areas in between included! Well, looks like I'm easy. Maybe that's why we're going back in 2 weeks for our third visit to Paris and our second to Rome. And if I had the time and money, all of those magnificent places in between!
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Feb 28th, 2007, 04:43 PM
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WHAT! HAS NO ONE MENTIONED SPAIN!!! While Venice (and Italy and France) are high on my list, to me, Spain is "to die" for!
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Feb 28th, 2007, 04:51 PM
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We loved Barcelona because we have no idea why we chose to go there and were so completely thrilled with it. Sometimes it is best to have no expectations. We spent two weeks there in Sept 2006 (that is how we travel) and loved every minute of it. That is not to say that all the other places listed are not great, but this was a joy.
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Feb 28th, 2007, 04:57 PM
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Venice is a feast for the eyes.
Bellagio is beautiful beyond belief. And like the others posters, anywhere in the Lake Como area.
Paris is in my opinion the most fascinating city in the world.
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Feb 28th, 2007, 05:31 PM
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'Places' are just collections of culture, so i phrase in terms of specific moments and spots within them:

could it be Sabilla, the best restaurant east of Rome (in Tivoli, so visit Villa dEste first), next to a roman temple overlooking a gorgeous gorge...

or perhaps la Sirenuse, the best hotel in Positano and farther (and one man's vision of perfection), overlooking the Mediterranean in the moonlight from the poolside bar....

or maybe it was hotel Intercontinental de la Ville Roma, with a 7th floor street-side room. the room is 'intimate', but had a balcony that was larger than the room with a fantastic roof top view over all of classical Rome and a stupendous view of sunsets over the Vatican to boot...

and if you don't like italy, then Santorini is a MUST, but make sure you get a room in a hotel that lines the caldera (the extinct volcano), and you'll have your own unspoiled ocean view from which to enjoy your bread, cheese and (local) wine and tomatoes!
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Feb 28th, 2007, 07:10 PM
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Florence is my "bees' knees"-I have wanted to go since I was 18 & finally went at age 50-o why did I wait?I awoke every AM ready to go & it never disappointed me even w/2 days of rain.Padua runs 2nd based on Il Santo & Giotto's masterpiece, the Scrovegni Chapel-you must go
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Feb 28th, 2007, 07:10 PM
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Cinque Terra
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Feb 28th, 2007, 07:26 PM
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Oh, I could cite a million places, but the view from my front dooor in St-Cirq is about as wonderful as life gets. I could sit there on a rocking chair and take in the view until I die.
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Feb 28th, 2007, 07:36 PM
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For a city I believe Vienna is the best. If the countryside, then the Irish counrtyside, or any train ride through Austria.
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Mar 1st, 2007, 12:59 PM
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Can"t wait to go return!
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Mar 2nd, 2007, 09:45 AM
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I cannot begin to express how much I LOVE PARIS. I actually went on a two-week trip across Europe with Contiki [www.contiki.com] this past summer. And I was really excited for Paris all along, but everyone kept telling me bad things about it, fortunately I was really really pleasantly surprised. It was gorgeous, not dirty at all like everyone says (if anything, Venice was filthy, though still beautiful).

My two days in Paris though were a whirlwind, hitting up the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay (easily missed but definitely worth it for the Impressionist art and the gorgeous rooftop view!), Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysees, crossing so many different bridges on the Seine, unlimited Champagne at the Moulin Rouge, eating escargot in a beautiful little restaurant in Montmartre.

For anyone interested in going to Paris, I would definitely not miss the Musee d'Orsay, and a stroll and a meal in Montmartre (you can see the carousel where Amelie was filmed).
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Mar 4th, 2007, 02:30 PM
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I live in Europe and travel regularly with my work to many of the countries. Whilst each country has its own distinct flavour it has to be said that sometimes I'm not even sure which country I am in. There are many similarities too.

The only country in Europe which is really quite different to anything else I have experienced in Europe, or anywhere for that matter, is Romania.

A very large (21M population) country with latin roots, surrounded by slavic countries on 3 sides and the Black Sea on the other. It is stunningly beautiful but, (Americans you won't appreciate this next bit...) it is about 50 years behind the times, behind most places in Europe that is. They still use horse and cart as main form of transport outside of cities and sow the fields by hand. There are no motorways - the roads outside the cities often turn to dirt tracks. But boy it is stunningly beautiful, the Carpathian mountains especially. The monastries of Suceava, the almost medieaval Satu Mare, the Danube Delta in Spring, The Fagaras Mountains, etc etc.

Bucharest is not for the faint-hearted. First impressions are of an ugly communist style city with decaying buildings of grandeur. But stay a while and discover its secret heartbeat. I lived there for 2 years and would walk back tomorrow.

Weather is cold from October through April - then it is hot and very hot from there onwards. No autumn, no spring, just winter and summer really.

I couldn't help noticing that the girls were extremely attractive too!
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Mar 4th, 2007, 02:52 PM
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mmm, Istanbul without a doubt! The people, the slow lifestyle, the views...incredible. I can't wait to live there this summer!!
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Mar 4th, 2007, 04:02 PM
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The Amalfi Coast is heaven.
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Mar 4th, 2007, 07:31 PM
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To die for? Crossing any wide avenue in Naples and the light turns green.
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Mar 4th, 2007, 07:33 PM
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Mar 5th, 2007, 11:03 PM
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Inoffensively and respectfully, I always think the phrase 'to die for' is absolutely imbecilic. When one is dead, one cannot enjoy anything be it foie gras, caviar, champagne or a stay in a luxurious hotel suite. There are no places in Europe I would die for but plenty I would live for.
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Mar 6th, 2007, 08:50 AM
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I love Prague, its like being inside a storybook fantasy. I am also a huge fan of Turkey, the history and sites and the people are incredible. I cant stop myself from going there year after year.
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Mar 6th, 2007, 10:07 AM
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In 2004, we took our children, ages 12 and 15, on a 5-week RV trip through the Netherlands, France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and UK. By far, our favorite was Italy - Cinque Terre, Venice, Florence, Rome - in that order. We are returning to the Cinque Terre again next month. My children can't wait to eat gelato and go wading in the Mediterranean at midnight. Also loved Venice (however, don't recommend it in July/August) but won't have time this trip.
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