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Suggestions for an European trip?

Asked by max_gutierrez (341 points ) August 31st, 2010

I am going to London with my sister next year. We were planning to just stay in London, but it seems better to visit other cities while there. The plan right now is to arrive in Amsterdam, stay 1 night at a friend’s house, then stay in London about 5 days, move to Paris about 2 nights, and then we have 6 free days. We are thinking of Barcelona or Frankfurt, any suggestions?

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Hawkeye's avatar

Go to Brugges in Belgium. Fine beer. Fine chocolate. Fine lace. And a very beautiful city. The Venice of the North

max_gutierrez's avatar

@Hawkeye and i can reach it in my way from england to germany right?

Hawkeye's avatar

@max_gutierrez Yes. Belgium borders on Germany in the South. I think you can take the EuroStar trainfrom London to Brugges.

max_gutierrez's avatar

@Hawkeye so i think i could go london to brugges, (yeah it looks very beautiful) then brugges to frankfurt and frankfurt to paris, or i could skip germany to visit spain

Hawkeye's avatar

@max_gutierrez Spain is great. Spent my honeymoon there in 1998 in the South of Spain in a place called Alumencar ( I think that’s how you spell it lol)

blah_blah's avatar

Europe is pretty small. If you are down with sleeping on the train you get pretty much anywhere in a day.

I would suggest Prague. It is amazing. My favorite place in Europe. Hop on the train at 8pm in Paris with a six pack and wake up in Prague.

gailcalled's avatar

A drive through the chåteaux country along the Loire river west of Paris is a gorgeous experience. http://www.chateaux-de-la-loire.fr/chateaux_of_the_loire.htm

Are you committed to staying only in the cities or are you interested in the countryside, the mountains (Swiss and French Alps are spectacular) or the lakes?

Will you have a car or will you be dependent on public transportation? Do you speak any of the European languages? That makes spending time somewhere more fun.

“Brugges” is the Flemish spelling; we call it Bruges, if you want to be consistent with London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, etc.

max_gutierrez's avatar

@gailcalled i will depend on public transportation, i just speak english and spanish; i am interested in both, cities and countryside, and id love to meet lakes. I live in a city surrounded by about 12 mountains.

Likeradar's avatar

I went to the same 3 cities in May. :)
I would recommend giving yourself a bit more time in Amsterdam.

max_gutierrez's avatar

@Likeradar actually i would like to spend more time in all cities, but money doesn’t grows in trees :P just kidding

Likeradar's avatar

@max_gutierrez Did you think your 6 extra days in Frankfort or Barcelona would be free?

max_gutierrez's avatar

@Likeradar hahahaha you owned me :P, now seriously, since london is the main travel, ariving at amsterdam, i havent thought of staying more time at amsterdam, but yeah, it is a great place and one day is not enough

Vincentt's avatar

You can hardly go wrong, most any big city is terrific. From experience I know Barcelona and Berlin are great, I’ve also heard quite some very positive stories about Prague. Bruges is nice too, Antwerp as well, and, well, of all the places I haven’t been to yet I can mostly say I’d like to go there someday because they’re all supposed to be wonderful. The only place I wasn’t really impressed with architecturally was Vienna, but I still had a good time there so I still wouldn’t disrecommend it. Oh, and Liège is quite industrious, so that might not be advisable, but I only drove through it.

@gailcalled Actually, the Flemish spelling would be “Brugge”. The English and French spelling is indeed “Bruges”, and “Brugges” is never correct. :)

gailcalled's avatar

@Vincentt: Thanks. You are correct, and I was rushing.

max_gutierrez's avatar

@Vincentt indeed; all of Europan architectures are completly different from my city so i know i’ll love anyone haha, and well; actually i like industrious but i live in Monterrey ”the most iindustrious city of mexico” and it don’t sounds cool to travel to another industrious city

max_gutierrez's avatar

@Hawkeye Almuñécar haha

@blah_blah prague right, theres a lot of places ! haha, indeed i was thinking of that, using trains to sleep ahaha

Vincentt's avatar

Oh, by the way, I don’t know what your situation is, but I’m used to drinkable water coming out of the faucet. When I went to Spain, I was explicitly warned not to drink out of the faucet there, but to buy bottled water – I’m not sure whether this was because the water in Spain just isn’t meant to be drunk, or whether it’s just different from ours, but you might want to keep that in mind.

max_gutierrez's avatar

@Vincentt actually in spain they warn not to drink mexican faucet water, so no problem haha

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