Where oh where shall we go next?

Jul 3rd, 2000, 03:26 AM
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I agree with Paul. Why limit yourself to Europe? I traveled in Europe for ten years and then one day decided to try someplace else, places that my friends had always told me about. I was timid at first, but after Japan and Turkey and
Thailand and India, I discovered that part of the pleasure of travel was in the distance between my culture and the culture that I was visiting. I mean this not just in terms of people but in terms of space and even light. Turkey was dazzling and haunting; Thailand intense, maddening, funny, Japan clearly ordered and mysterious at the same time. Traveling outside of Europe ofen takes more effort, but it is usually (Japan is an exception) a lot cheaper tnan Europe. And in many ways the effect, the sense of wonder, is greater.

Jul 3rd, 2000, 06:39 AM
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Dear Turnip: Israel is wonderful suggestion for April - it is beach weather there at that time of year! If you chose France, however, Provence is the place to be in April. I even like Normandy in the spring. Although the weather is somewhat unpredictable, the crowds are small and the spring flowers are incredible. Where ever you go, enjoy the planning and the actual trip!
Jul 3rd, 2000, 07:48 AM
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there suggestions previously mentioned are great but why dont you try norway. there is a beautiful route going from flam to bergen. i wrote something about that try reading it here:
not much people but very beatiful sites and i assure you an experience you will never forget
Jul 4th, 2000, 01:51 AM
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I am surprised more Americans don't go to Spain...it would give many an insight into the future of a large part of their culture...American Hispanic culture is in some ways a kind of watered-down Spanish, go & see the real vibrant full-blooded thing!
It feels nothing like Northern Europe.
Plus it's very cheap - Portugal even cheaper!
Jul 4th, 2000, 04:08 AM
Roger Vineall
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If you want to stick with Europe, then why not try Turkey.

If, as one of the other postings suggested, you're prepared to look further, then Australia or South Africa (OK I'm biased) are good bets. We just got back form an Australian holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Your dollars will go a long way in Australia (I agree with the people who recommended Britain, but with current exchange rates it is very expensive), but will go even further in South Africa since our currency has just gone down the toilet (again)!

In Australia highlights were Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef.

In South Africa, try Cape Town, George/Knysna (garden route), game parks (Kruger is not the only one - some good ones in northern Kwazulu-Natal - Hluhluwe), and the Drakensberg moutains.

Just make sure you get your southern hemisphere seasons right!
Jul 4th, 2000, 07:43 AM
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Dear Turnip,
We just came back from Sicily, 2 and a half weeks touring in a rented car. More Greek History than Greece, more Roman ruins than Rome,great agrotourism
places to stay(see Karen Brown B&B Italy)CHEAP,CHEAP,CHEAP.1/3 ceaper than Italy. A truly beautiful country with friendly people, great weather and the food is wonderfull. Can't say enough nice things about it.(Stay away from larger cities, and the driving in congested areas can be a little tough.)
All the best.
Jul 4th, 2000, 07:54 AM
Debbie Papa
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September is a great time to visit Athens and then the Greek Islands.
Jul 4th, 2000, 02:46 PM
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One word: Turkey

We have traveled all over Europe and I some of Asia but my favorite country is Turkey. We went there last year for the first time and I fell in love with the place. You will not find friendlier people.

Everywhere you turn you will encounter history. Could not believe just wondering around and realize you are stepping on Roman mosiacs.

It is a fasinating country. If you would more info, please email me directly.

I can't wait to return.

Jul 5th, 2000, 10:10 AM
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Dear Turnip,

You will love the Loire valley in May (I'd go in the 2nd half of the month, weather is a little warmer-60's rather than 50's). Gorgeous countryside, wonderful incredibly fresh food, history and chateaux. Do it!
Jul 5th, 2000, 10:13 AM
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Forgot to add that my second choice would definitely be Andalusia--what an exotic, romantic beautiful area, and the Spanish people are among the friendliest on earth.
Jul 5th, 2000, 10:23 AM
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Go to Ireland! You will not be disappointed!
Jul 6th, 2000, 03:31 PM
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My husband and I (also midwesterners) just returned from a two week trip that included Poland. We fell in love with Krakow. Incredible architecture, Europe's largest and most beautiful square, friendly people, all with about one tenth of the tourists we found in Prague. Most of the younger people and all of the people in the tourist industry (restaurants on the square, hotels, museums, etc)speak some English. The only places we had trouble with the language barrier were at the train station (so we just wrote on a piece of paper the times and routes and handed it to the ticket agent) and in one restaurant that was in a neighborhood off the touristed areas. I would advise a good Polish translation guide, just in case. But, Poland gave us a true taste of Eastern Europe (and a powerful history lesson as well, as we visited Auschwitz, about an hour outside of Krakow.) I would recommend Poland, especially Krakow.
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