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#571 FunkyFrenchy

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 05:58 PM

Surfing in Hossegor (France) or in Cornwall (England) is awesome....
Paris can be expensive...
Barcelona is a cool city...
Italy is nice...
Eastern europe is cheap... but poor... so cheap...
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#572 mike lowrey

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Posted 30 March 2008 - 06:11 PM

London is not particularly expensive if your smart about it, e.g. avoiding the overtly tourist places and cuisine from all variety of cultures is available. :)


thats true. buy shit from berlin, hang around in london :)
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 02:41 PM

antwerp/brussels fits all your needs, cost of living is relatively reasonable and they have fashion for miles. if you go to italy in august, it will likely be crazy hot and a lot of people shut down business to go on holiday to other places that aren't hot.
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 04:03 PM

London is not particularly expensive if your smart about it, e.g. avoiding the overtly tourist places and cuisine from all variety of cultures is available. :)


Nope, with our exchange rate, it's pretty much expensive all around.

The only thing even remotely comparable to US prices is beer (even taking the poor exchange rate into consideration).
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 04:30 PM

italy:food fashion history (Rome Venice Florence naples milan)
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 04:36 PM

antwerp/brussels fits all your needs, cost of living is relatively reasonable and they have fashion for miles. if you go to italy in august, it will likely be crazy hot and a lot of people shut down business to go on holiday to other places that aren't hot.


I find brussels a bit boring, definately wouldn't rank it among top suggestions in europe. Antwerp I havent been to but I think its quite a bit more fresh, especially if you're into fashion.
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 10:14 PM

Paris, is definately worth seeing,
brussles I wouldnt really bother with.
Barcelona is an awesome city, would reccomend it.
Prague is good and cheap, but you dont need to stay there for too long,
Italy i can kind of take it or leave...
Germany is really good, would go to berlin,

I would go to france, belgium (antwerp), Holland, and germany, and see too or three cities in each.
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:28 AM

I'd say both Dutch and German cuisines are equally mediocre. The thing is though.. nobody eats Dutch food in Amsterdam. It's the most culturally diverse city in the world in terms of nationalities.


i loved Amsterdam when i went there (twice) but really? that's quite an assertion for a european capital.

anyway i agree that amsterdam is probably your best choice. fucking cool vibe in that city.

never been to antwerp, but brussels is only worth hitting up for the food/beer. relatively inexpensive city (the dollar exchange rate isn't helping things lately, though). you could go to paris/amsterdam and take the train up for a night or two.
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 04:27 PM

i agree that brussels is a bit boring but they have some stuff that you can't get in antwerp (esp shopping) and is like 45 min away by train. so the recommendation would be stay in antwerp and daytrip to brussels (or paris for that matter)
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 07:43 PM

i loved Amsterdam when i went there (twice) but really? that's quite an assertion for a european capital.

According to official figures, Amsterdam counted 177 nationalities last year. Antwerp has 164 and New York City has 150. Still, the number of people per nationality in a city like London or NYC is probably much larger.

Amsterdam is nowhere near as big as London, Paris or even Berlin. It has about 800.000 inhabitants (1 to 1.5 mln if you include the adjacent suburbs). It's tiny compared to its European counterparts. To some this is actually a plus, but it might come across as an oversized village instead of a metropolitan. If I was a tourist, I wouldn't spend a week here. If I was visiting Paris for the first time, perhaps I would.

Again, it's all just personal preference.
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Posted 01 April 2008 - 08:02 PM

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Posted 02 April 2008 - 06:54 AM

If you'd like to make a trip through 3-4 different countries, I could recommend you to visit the following places (both from a cultural and geographically advantageous point of view)

The Netherlands: Amsterdam (do I need to say more?!), Utrecht, The Hague (as Tisswat already mentioned, you could complete the Amsterdam sightseeing within 2 days and the latter within 1 day)

Than traveling down to......

Belgium: Antwerp, Brussels (in comparison to others, I have been living there the past year, and I absolutely love the historical sites, art scene and the way "carpe diem" is integrated within its people's thoughts and lifestyle), Brugge (which is the most amazing medieval village/city I have ever visited: not cheap but definitely worth a penny)

From Brussels only 1.5 hours to Paris by Thalys.....

France: Lille, Paris, Rennes

Good train connections (i.e. Thalys or TGV) between Paris and the Ruhrgebied in Germany

Germany: Frankfurt, Cologne, Dusseldorf

Might you decide to visit e.g. The Netherlands and Belgium, than don't hesitate to contact me for sightseeing,- shopping and other useful tips.

Cheers

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 10:32 AM

i agree that brussels is a bit boring but they have some stuff that you can't get in antwerp (esp shopping) and is like 45 min away by train. so the recommendation would be stay in antwerp and daytrip to brussels (or paris for that matter)

I have to agree on this one, having lived in Brussels for 18 years, it isnt the most exciting of places, but its still worth going to see. If you stay in Antwerp, brusssels is only 45 minutes on the train and its hardly expensive. Also if you stay in Antwerp, Ansterdam is only 2 hours away, and paris and london are also both easily doable, Cologne is also only a few hours on the thalys (fast TGV train). Basically, Antwerp would make a really good base of operations. Its also worth mentioning that Jet 2 fly out of schiphol airport (amtserdam), meaning you can get super cheap flights to the UK and all over europe.
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Posted 04 April 2008 - 09:45 PM

france,and scandanavia, this is probably more of where i want to visit, but its my suggestion to you.
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 08:27 AM

Berlin, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, FUCK SOUTHERN EUROPE(this includes the terrible country France)!!!!!
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 08:50 AM

Germany: Frankfurt, Cologne, Dusseldorf


seriously?

out of the 100 or so european cities I've been to, Frankfurt has to be the most depressing one. shady people, ugly buildings and streets, not that much to see compared to other big european cities.. I could go on, but it has to be one of the worst picks. going to germany and skipping Berlin is also extremely awkward.
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Posted 05 April 2008 - 09:16 AM

Mike,

I think I might have not fully clarified myself: Frakfurt, Dusseldorf and Cologne are all located within 100 km from each other and worth to visit. Berlin is - as I agree with you - a league on its own but located on the other side of the country....

So from a convenience point of view, I dont think these picks are too bad after all...
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Posted 17 May 2008 - 11:05 PM

bump.

im thinking of taking a week off next month to check reykjavik out. what is the best areas to stay at? also is it really that expensive or are people just blowing things out of proportion.

i have done very little personal research so i still dont know very much except that i really want to go.
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 01:14 AM

you SHOULD want to go, the place rules. it is super small and you can walk everyywhere so don't necessarily worry about where you're staying. as long as it's in the "center" or downtown area or whatever.

Lonely Planet has a great Iceland guide.

it was really expensive when i was there (2000) so i assume it's still expensive what with the weak dollar and all. but totally worth it.
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Posted 20 May 2008 - 01:54 AM

im planning on going alone, i feel like getting away from it all. is there anything to be worried about.
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Posted 20 May 2008 - 12:09 PM

i can't imagine a safer place
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Posted 09 June 2008 - 11:29 AM

ok pretty much a last minute question but, if anyone knows, are the clubs more dressed up, or could i get away with t-shirts and tennis shoes. i hella underpacked when i went to buenos aires so i dont want to feel underdressed.
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 08:17 AM

isdenn has reykjavik nailed.

When i went i stayed at the hotel leifur eriksson (maybe bad spelling, google it). its right across the hallgrimskirkja cathedral and very walkable to the main street for shopping and clubbing. it was a 30 euros a night (through travel agent) and the room was basic but everything was clean. i think itsj ust icelandic hygiene standards- even a shitty 2 star room is satisfactory, unlike nyc.

i spent 5 days in iceland. 1 in reykjavik is plenty during the day. the other 3 i used on tours. there isn't much to buy but the nightlife is good and relaxed. people really just hang around off the street generally, like a more refined version of highschool drinking. i'd just dress casual- definitely not a place for buttoned up shirts.

This is a fairly common itinerary for iceland (i went alone to shoot some photos in march- still snowy):

day 1: get off plane, visit blue lagoon spa on teh way to reykjavik, get to hotel in evening. all shops closed so wait for nightlife.

day 2/day 3. super jeep tours:

tour of southern coast for coastal features. like volcanic beaches, stacks and caves etc. an extended tour is availbe from may to december for the glacial lagoon which i missed and really wanted to see (its further along the path on the south coast, so add an extra day if u decide to venture out there)

'golden circle tour' for the inland mountain and spring features like waterfalls and geysers and mountain ranges etc

day 4- reykjavik wandering.

if you go to iceland dont miss out on the stuff outside. thats where trip truly made an impression. i can't stress how impressive and grand the whole nature thing is (i'm normally just a city rat).

day 5- fly out
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Posted 27 June 2008 - 05:26 AM

Alright, I'll be going to Europe next month, and I'm still trying decide where my last stops will be. My sisters been going to school there for awhile so I'm just going to meet up with her, and subsequently she's planning a lot of the trip since I don't know jack shit. She's given me some suggestions for the last leg of the trip.

1.) Heading down from Paris to Provence (Avignon) followed quickly by the Cote d'Azur (Nice, Antibes, St-Tropez) and then hitting one or two Italian stops

2.) Flying from Paris to Naples and spending like 5 nights in that region seeing Sorrento, Pompeii, Mt Vesuvius, Caserta, the Amalfi Coast, and even Capri/Ischia if we have time

What would you do? I don't care too much about shopping and whatnot in these areas, as I'll be going to Berlin, Paris, etc, as well.
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 05:51 AM

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 11:35 PM

Ok, so im trying to decide where i want to go with two friends come december for a trip...i need some help.

we were thinking of South America or maybe Mexico.

what are some places we should check out in SA that are relatively inexpensive and alot of fun...amazing beachs? i know this is such a broad question.

or if anyone can recommend somewhere that is amazing in late December that is alot of fun and fairly inexpensive.
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Posted 13 August 2008 - 10:16 AM

playa del carmen mexico, trendy young scene, good eats, beautiful beaches and destination style resorts.

I stay at the tides when i go, its incredible
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Posted 14 August 2008 - 05:05 AM

I am also looking to go to mexico or the carribean in december...where do you guys go to book relateively cheap yet still awesome (i am a student) vacation packages??
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Posted 14 August 2008 - 09:51 AM

has anyone ever been to Roatan before? its that little island off the coast of Honduras.

and what are some beaches i should maybe check out in central america as well...maybe some islands as well.

thanks.
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Posted 14 August 2008 - 11:36 AM

hey i used to live guadalajara mexico for about 10 years... one of my fav places. extremely good eats, and pretty cool scene. night life is huge in guadalajara. alot of cool malls and night clubs. guadalajara is probably the 2nd or 3rd biggest city in mexico after mexico city. for beaches, puerto vallarta. a big tourist scene, but its still alot of fun. id look into the mayan palace in puerto vallarta. its one of my favorite resorts. close to puerto vallarta is a small town called punta de mita. this is more of a surf town, but you can find a room for about 20 usd a night. idk if your looking for more of an authentic stay or a touristy stay. ive never been to honduras, but i do know that honduras is not very western cultured. hope this helped
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