Well me and my wife are off to Europe finally this thursday. I have spent so much work and time on planning this trip since February already. I cant wait to just enjoy it. You guys have any last tips,comments,thoughts etc for me before i go?? If any of you are in london,paris,rome, or venice from the September 1st to sept 14th dates let me know, maybe we can hook up at some point for whatever.
Joey & Jaclyn
Mine confirm on the 18th September. Wooo hooo !!
I am so excited ..Been planning this for months as well.
Europe here i come !!!
Hi Joey and Jaclyn.
Just a suggestion, probably different from what you have been planing for such a long time:
Take a flight from Canada to Prague, Czech republic. Actually, it could be Copenhagen, Lisbon or Budapest as well, I can give you a suggestion about the Czech rep. only because I know it.
Ask locals about the country at your hostel or in some next-door-pub, pack your back and head off the city. In the Czech republic you can get almost everywhere using cheap public transport. The rail network is one of the mosty dense in the world. The trains are a bit less comfortable in compare with western Europe but cheaper and relativelly reliable. You can try hiking in Jeseniky mountains, ride a Sazava river down, visit numerous rural historical monuments such as Krivoklat castle, explore picturesque little towns like Litomerice. All by 1.5 hour from Prague... You can find new travel experiences such as meet a local, who see the first foreign tourist in his little town ever. You may find a camping in the middle of nowhere to find new friends, spending the evening with grilling a sausage on an opened fire together. You may get know a bit of the language and talk to people who could be much more polite and hospitable to you than those miserable ones in the over-touristy capital (could even become your short time guides). To see hided nature or non-touristy artificial jewels of the country you can try to hitchhike too.
Such a trip would be: 1. very much cheaper, 2. stressless in meaning of not getting to a crowd once, 3. a bit more difficult to find new friends, but if so, much deeply than, 4. explore less area of Europe, but more in a local culture, in a daily living and... just much deeply than hiting the capitals by "hop-2-days-here-hop-2-days-there" system, making the crowds more crowdy and the cities more english... Travelling in this way, you aren t asking: "What is typical to eat (drink, do in the evenings) here" at the hostel reception to share the "typical" with other tourists in one restaurant, because you ARE INSIDE the typical...
If missing busy touristy cities in short or just to have a wilder night than grilling a sausage on opened fire in a camp, heh, remember there are 10 big touristy cities as close as by 250 km / 150 miles from czech borders: Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow, Wroclaw, Dresden, Berlin, Nuremburg, Munich, Salzburg...
It may be seen less comfortable on first reading, but I don t believe it. What is more stressfull? Not to know where to sleep tonight, just let it be how things will go on? Or stepping at an airport checking the time and thinking if the hostel is reachable until 9pm, because it closes at nine, you paid a deposit and we-do-not-have-any-idea-how-the-hell-to-find-it?
You will miss a great possibility to take a photo of the Eifel tower in Paris, which you have seen 146x on a picture and 75x on TV before, but... I guess you know how do I mean it...
Welcome to the Czech republic. The dance floor is yours .