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Europe Spring '06 Please Help Me

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1. Posted by matt-stlMO (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

I am 23 years old and am going to Europe next spring and have never travelled out of the country. I have been landlocked in the middle of the United States in St. Louis, MO all my life; so, I'm a bit nervous about my trip. My passion is for music and art and that is a somewhat lacking scene in Missouri. I study art independantly and paint, therefore I will be hitting tons of museums (Munch Museum especially). My trip will probably be at least three months and my goal is to backpack France, Italy, Germany and surrounding countries, and Scandinavia (with a high priority for Norway,I have been studying the Norwegian language for six months). If anyone is interested in tagging along, especially artists, or just giving me advice I would like to hear from you. I want to stretch my visit out as long as possible, so I don't have a problem sleeping in airports!;) :)

2. Posted by schept (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

try out Queensday in Amsterdam on the 30th of April. In general Amsterdam can be nice for art-strudents. On the 30th, there's a national holiday where Amsterdam will be crowded with crazy people.

Ask me if you're interested for more detailed info, because there may be places you will not want to go on the 30th.

3. Posted by matt-stlMO (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

What is Queensday? I'm interested in what kind of events are happening.

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting matt-stlMO

What is Queensday? I'm interested in what kind of events are happening.

It's a GIANT Party (the reason is it's the birthday of the Queen Mother). I always though it would be a great time to be in Amsterdam (actually any time is a great time to be in Amsterdam). Hundreds of thousands of people party in the streets, squares, and parks of Amsterdam.

The Dutch people on here can tell you more about it, I just wanted to give you some idea until they wake up over there in Europe and read your post.

Pretty sure it's a tough time to get a hotel, so you'd have to book way ahead of time.

5. Posted by schept (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Travel100 is right.

Queensday is a massive party through the whole of the country. I've only celibrated in my hometown Amsterdam, so can only tell you about the things there, but I'm sure other major cities have similar stuff.

Queensday is a national free day, so be sure to be there 1 or two days before, because you will want to got out the night before queensday. Some people manage to go out until very late...take a breakfast at around 7/8 and go straight to their favorite spots without sleep. Me I try to take at least a couple of hours sleep :)

Officially it's a "free-market": anyone can sell anything on any spot throught the country. This means that Amsterdam will be turned into a giant flee market. At the same time everywhere bands and discjockeys playing, children selling their used toys, and people selling the useless stuff they bought the year before. Beer etc flows freely and people make up weird stuff (small acts/stages/bands etc.) The Prinsengracht (big canal) will be packed with little and big boats preferably with many dressed up people and very loud music.

The success of queensday depends alot on the weather though. Last year was great. much sun and warm temperature.

6. Posted by yuanw (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

try the best of italy & france: from the colosseum, and st. peter's in rome to florence, venice -> french riviera & hgih-speed 'tgv' train to paris?

7. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 11y

If you're going for museums Rotterdam, Liverpool, Manchester and London are mandatory! Rotterdam can be easily reached from Amsterdam and there are cheap and regular flights (with Easyjet) from Schiphol (Amsterdam) to Speke (Liverpool), Luton and Stansted (London). If you're going to Liverpool, you might as well visit nearby Chester. Oxford and Cambridge are worth visiting too, but for English culture and architecture and not for the museums.

8. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Cloggie

If you're going for museums Rotterdam, Liverpool, Manchester and London are mandatory! Rotterdam can be easily reached from Amsterdam and there are cheap and regular flights (with Easyjet) from Schiphol (Amsterdam) to Speke (Liverpool), Luton and Stansted (London). If you're going to Liverpool, you might as well visit nearby Chester. Oxford and Cambridge are worth visiting too, but for English culture and architecture and not for the museums.

What good museums are in Rotterdam?

9. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 11y

Nederlands Architectuur Instituut (architecture), Kunsthal (art), Museum Boijmans-Van Beuningen (art), Maritiem Museum (ship building), Radiomuseum (radios), Fotomuseum (photography) and a number of small museums and art galleries. Will this do?

10. Posted by toriwright (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

If you are going to Italy then Florence is a must for any artist. Also Venice really is as beautiful as it looks in films etc. There are also lots of great galleries to visit in both cities, i especially enjoyed the Gugenheim and Acadamia Galleries (venice).

Living in England, i would also recommend coming to visit London, as its an amazing city and has some fantastic galleries. The louve in Paris is also great, both cities are beautiful and would definately inspire you!

Also dont be afraid of coming to Europe, you'll love it! Im sure you will have an amazing 3 months. Im quite jelous.