Shame you weren't flying to London a month earlier Turb, I could have waited at the airport to kick the **** out of you
Catch some cricket when you get to England, obv.
I loved Prague though, Turbs, I think should try and get to Budapest too. Are there any events or anything that you plan on seeing?
Doubt he would have been asked ftr.
@NP – We’ve made sure to assign a full day for Vatican. Just to get an idea, how long were you in Italy for? Because I think one of the biggest issues for us will be the time constraint, especially with it being peak season. I will most likely have more questions for you, later in the week, when I start planning out the key points of interest. So will hit you up at some point, if that’s cool? I’ll definitely look into the Roma pass as well.
@Coco – Yeah, we’ve kept Bruges as an option as well. Will love to check it out. One of my buddies has a cousin in Vienna, so we’ll be saving on accommodation there, enough to spread that money across to the wine tour you mentioned.
I will try to! But too bad I won’t be around for the England/SA series. Nothing could make me happier than a day of booing your boys.
As for events, I was genuinely considering the Running of the Bulls, but looks like I’ll just miss it (how convenient ). Apart from that, I’ve always wanted to check out the Rhine in Flames, but unfortunately the dates don’t match up. Is there anything you’d recommend for the month of July or early August?
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There is this event that you might have heard of called the Olympics on around then, perhaps check that out :P But nah, I don't know the exact dates of many events worth seeing.
If you're passing by and have a few hours, definitely spend some time in the square, other than that it was pretty much my least favorite city on my itinerary. It's pretty expensive to boot.
Mafuggas. Heading to Phuket for 8 days in November. Staying at a resort in Karon beach. Hit me with things to do and see besides laying on the beach. chop chop. Parmi.
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Ping pong balls etc etc.
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So came back from Europe about 2 months ago. Went to London, Glastonbury, Salisbury, Cheddar, Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Pisa, Rome/Vatican, Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels (for a couple of hours just to have some Belgian waffles and a Stella Artois), and then back to London. The trip was absolutely phenomenal, had a great time and met a lot of great people along the way. Thanks again to everyone here for all the great advice.
Had the pleasure of experiencing the cultural differences between Europe and North America, and between the different countries I visited. Just a few points on some of the cities, for anyone interested. Each city was fantastic, but I've listed them in order from most to least favourite.
Paris - Just loved the city. Spent 3 nights, but even a week wouldn't have been enough. Imo, the best metro system of all the cities I visited in Europe. Was there on Bastille Day, one of the best nights ever, danced and drank till dawn. Words alone cannot describe my love for Paris. Definitely make it a point to watch the sunset from Sacre Coeur.
Barcelona - Absolutely love this city's vibe. Hands down the most friendliest locals. Everyone is so eager to help. Gaudi architecture, Spanish chicks, the nightlife, the food, the beach, the weather... Beautiful.
Berlin - Quite cosmopolitan for a European city. Checkpoint Charlie, the remnants of the Berlin Wall, Murdered Jews Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, etc. are all fascinating sights to explore.
Prague - What I'd imagine would be the perfect setting for a fairytale. Great beer, but who needs beer when you have Czech absinthe.
Rome – Great food, great sights, but too many tourists around. Didn’t quite connect with it. Tip for those wanting to see the Coliseum – enter through the Roman Forum. Much shorter line, won’t have to waste as much time. Went to an American bar during one of the nights, had a few epic games of Beer Pong. It was funny seeing many of the Europeans confused and intrigued by the game. Had some epic gelato as well, both in Florence and Rome.
London – Spent quite a bit of time in London, even during the Olympics. Honestly, it’s a decent city, but I can’t imagine how anyone lives there. The weather is repulsive, quite depressing in fact. Smaller cars, smaller houses, smaller streets, smaller portions of food served, and everything is just so much more expensive. Great nightlife, and a lot better drivers than in North America. Also, some of the best Indian food I’ve had. But apart from that, it really didn’t wow me like a lot of the other cities.
All in all, it was a once in a lifetime experience. Love Europe, and hope to cover Greece, Turkey, and Hungary next time. But one thing I could not stand was the fact that water wasn’t free at restaurants, like here in North America. Over here you receive an unlimited supply of water with your meal. Over there you have to pay 2-3 Euros for a small dinky little fancy bottle that does nothing to quench your thirst. Also, the service is a lot better here, things are far too laid back in Europe and that includes the service at restaurants. But then again, you rarely have to tip in Europe, so it all evens out. I was slightly disappointed with the steaks I had, that’s one thing we do have an edge on here.
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Ftr, going through platform 9 and 3/4 was a magical experience. Were the only dudes waiting in line, the rest were a bunch of 13 year old girls.
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