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Solo mademoiselle can't stop worrying about "relaxing" trip to Italy!

Solo mademoiselle can't stop worrying about "relaxing" trip to Italy!

Old Mar 10th, 2008, 05:28 PM
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Solo mademoiselle can't stop worrying about "relaxing" trip to Italy!

Hello Solos,

I lurk around the Europe board quite a bit and posted something over there a while ago, but I figured this board is more for me, seeing as I am, in fact, going solo. So here's the deal:

I am currently living in Paris, going to school, and I have the job from h***. I am so stressed out it's just ridiculous. We have spring break in April and I've always wanted to go to Italy, so hey, there you go. I already have Rome and Florence booked, but starting on the 28th of April I have no idea what to do! I want to be back in Paris by the 2nd.

I don't really want to go to Venice, I'm too young to rent a car and wander the countryside, etc. I'm tossing around the CT OR some smaller towns in Italy OR fleeing and taking the train to the south of France.

I like: walking around, eating/drinking the local stuff, art, swimming, shopping, and just watching life go by at a café.

I don't like: Danger, pickpockets, cemeteries, and not knowing everything about where I am and where I'm going.

I'm really frustrated that I cannot get my head around these Italian cities like I could (and can) with Paris. It's ridiculous that I moved to Paris for 10 months but am whimpering about going to Italy for 2.5 weeks!

The other thing is: What should I use for luggage? I am tempted by the backpack idea but it is very conspicuous and am terrified of thieves & co. However, the idea of toting a bag around just makes me feel miserable. I am a very inexperienced traveler: the only other places in Europe I've been are London and Michelstadt, DE.

Any help or critiques would be VERY warmly welcomed!
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Old Mar 10th, 2008, 07:33 PM
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There is some reason you are against Venice? I only say that because I've done two short visits there (5 days each) that were fantastic.

From Paris, my favorite places in Switzerland are easy by train - Vevey & Montreux, but also Lausanne and Geneva, that Lac Leman district is great.

I always use a small 22" roller, with a large tote/pocketbook as the 2nd bag. A bit less needed if you are already in Europe with a home base.

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Old Mar 11th, 2008, 07:23 AM
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I don't know about Venice. It seems rather expensive ... I have to do more research.
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Old Mar 11th, 2008, 11:15 AM
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Nothing wrong with just taking the train, and going to Florence and Rome from Paris. That would be a great trip.
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Old Mar 11th, 2008, 11:56 AM
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I'd be tempted to add the Cinqueterre, although I admit I haven't made it there yet! Or you could go via Milan up to the Lakes, or chill out in somewhere like Siena.

For luggage I like a convertible backpack - you can wear it like a backpack when you need to carry it, and convert it into a soft-side suitcase when you need to check it, or check into a posh hotel. See Eagle Creek for some examples.
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Thanks guys--I took the plunge for Venice. I have actually wanted to go there since I saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as a kid, but it seems like a lot of people here don't like it. Well, I'll see if *I* like it, because that's the important thing.

Must look into backpack thingy. Thanks for the tip.
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