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1. Posted by chucho (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Im planning on going to Europe this upcoming summer and i have sort of made a list of the places i could visit... i would appreciate if i could get some feedback on things I will be missing outon or if simply my schedule is to tight... the trip will be 35 days.

here it is:

London (+around)
Paris
Bordeaux
Pamplona- running of the bulls
Madrid
Barcelona
Rome
Florence
Venice
Interlaken
Salzbourg
Prague
Berlin
(another place in germany?)
Amsterdam

I feel like im concentrating too much on big cities... because i would also like to go to smaller cities and towns... suggestions??

thanks for the help!

2. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting chucho

Im planning on going to Europe this upcoming summer and i have sort of made a list of the places i could visit... i would appreciate if i could get some feedback on things I will be missing outon or if simply my schedule is to tight... the trip will be 35 days.
[long list deleted]

I feel like im concentrating too much on big cities... because i would also like to go to smaller cities and towns... suggestions??

You could easily spend several days or more getting to know most of the places you mention (I'm guessing -- I've not been to all of them). This is a matter of style, of course, but I'm not a big fan of "The European Smorgasbord". But I do realize that there are people who, for one reason or another, will only make one trip to Europe in their lifetime. If I were you, I would start working on connecting the dots, i.e., figuring out how you want to get from one place to the next; that will help you work out a decent itinerary for the time you have -- and also determine how much of the countryside you see.

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

3. Posted by Lozzi (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi!

You should go to the Running of the Nudes instead of the Running of the Bulls. Here's the website check it out - www.runningofthenudes.com
It's way more fun and cruelty free! Did you realise that all of the bulls who are run in the Running of the Bulls are slaughter that night in the bullring?

Hope to see you there!

4. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

You could go to Cesky Krumlov when you are in Prague, that isn't overly far from Prague and is well worth a visit.

5. Posted by Gusiluz (Full Member 77 posts) 9y

San Sebastian on the way down from Bourdeaux to Madrid.
Utrecht near Amsterdam.
Munich is also worth a visit.

If you run out of time you can possibly skip Madrid.

And DO NOT RUN the bulls. I'd like to watch next year's runs on TV not hearing that another american (or australian or kiwi or anywhere else) has been injured, gored or killed. I don't agree the Running of the Nudes' opinions about bullfighting but I do love seeing them every year around here, as a part of the San Fermin festivities. Join them you wont regret it.

6. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

I agree with Utrecht and Amsterdam, and though I know it's a bit far out, Edinburgh is very pretty as well.

7. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting Lozzi

You should go to the Running of the Nudes instead of the Running of the Bulls.
[...]
Did you realise that all of the bulls who are run in the Running of the Bulls are slaughter that night in the bullring?

And then there is the Running of the Nude Bullfighters...

(Just checking to see if "chucho" is still with us...)

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 28, 2006, at 1:31 PM by pfeiffer ]

8. Posted by theodoridi (Budding Member 38 posts) 9y

Hey chucco,

I think you are going to see too many big cities my suggestion would be to take the ferry from Venice and visit some the Ionian islands in Greece... it would be a great break from the big cities...

9. Posted by LizzieBe (Budding Member 8 posts) 9y

Hi chucho,

Your itinerary is deinitely ambitious! Germany buff that I am, I must suggest that you find some time for Bavaria. Munich is a fantastic city and the mountains and countryside are breathtaking. I don't know if you're the kind of traveller who likes to get just a glimpse into the life of the places you visit, or if you like to see them thoroughly. I'm the latter, so I'd probably have to subtract a few destinations from your list. I'd probably do away with Amsterdam, as I found it a bit disappointing.

Hope that helps a bit;)

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Chucho

Yes, i think your schedule is too tight.
At least cut it in half, or even quarter.
If u want, u can take trips out from the cities u choose, to smaller towns, and villages, so u will get to see smaller places and the countryside.
U could also have a more open plan. Go to one of your choosen cities. Then leave, when u feel it is time to move on.

Mel