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1. Posted by h_ping50 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Hi all,

Planning a trip to Europe in Mar 07 for abt 2 weeks. Will want to start in France as I have free tics there. A few questions:

1. I only speak English, will there be a big problem finding my way around?

2. I am thinking of booking a tour with Contiki. Anyone tried it before? How was it?
However, most of their tours do not start in France. Any recommendation of other similar tour operations I can check out will be much appreciated.

3. I am only thinking of covering Paris for abt 3 days when I arrive in France. Will want to visit another country. Which country/countries shld i visit in 2 weeks?

4. Will it be very cold in Mar? Will I need my winter coat?

Looking forward to any forms of feedback!~

Ping

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

From Paris you can visit Belgium and Netherlands. I really enjoyed Amsterdam and its surroundings.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

1. In general it's not a problem if you only speak english, although in countries like France this could be a small problem. But Paris should be ok
2. Sorry, no advice, but just arrange things yourself and focus on some nice cities. Bus, train and plane connections are good.
3. Agree with Gusiluz, from Paris it's just several hours to Brussels, Gent, Brugge, Antwerpen, Amsterdam and...Utrecht! You can also try the train through the Channel to London or maybe visit Cologne in Germany. Another great combination would be Nice/Monaco or Barcelona.
4. yes, you will need a wintercoat, it can be below freezing and if you are lucky it might be 15 degrees with some sun.

Have fun! Michael.

4. Posted by heidi16 (Budding Member 25 posts) 9y

i am planning to be in london too from march 3 till 16 2007. since i will be there for 2 weeks, im thinking of finding a short term apt. has anyone try to book through gumtree?

or any ideas for ideal/budget apt for 2 weeks?

5. Posted by Ulvova (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

1. As Utrecht said, in Paris it should not be a problem, just speak clearly and slowly if they seem to have problems following your sentences !
2. ...
3. About visiting another country, I think you should make your own choice. What would you like to see ? Have a quick look at a few tourism websites and see if a country particularly attracts you.
But don't try and visit more than 3 countries, it's not very nice to come back home and say "I've been there" and have nothing to say about it because you'll have seen so little. It is better to spend a week at least in a country if not longer but to have a few memories !
4. Well, I don't think it is "freezing" in March, especially in Paris !!! I lived there until I was 18 and I don't remember seeing any snow even in the wintertime except for a few days two years ago and when I was younger. Everywhere it's getting warmer and Paris is not an exception, especially as a city, it's always warmer...I don't know what your wintercoat looks like, but unless it is made for wintersports, you might want to take it, especially if you are used to warmer temperatures (coming from ??) but otherwise it should not be a big deal. Last year in March it was warmer than in August... But you never know. :)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 26, 2006, at 10:56 AM by Ulvova ]

6. Posted by kschick (Budding Member 18 posts) 9y

We were in Italy & France last February & first part of March. We always wore a jacket in Italy and along the Riviera. We headed north towards the Alps and then into Paris and needed a coat each day. It was damp & cold and in fact, on March 8 our train went through a snow storm enroute to Paris. My daughter remained in Paris to study abroad and needed a winter coat throughout March. Hope this helps.

7. Posted by Smirnoff (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

Europe is fairly small, and you can visit any country that you want. Ask yourself if there is a place that you always wanted to go? and if there is, then its really not far from France!

My suggestion, go see Amsterdam and/or Barcelona.

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Without wanting to sound too chauvinist, Europe ís big, only not on a geographical scale.

The thing is, though, that there is SOOOO much more to be seen in Europe in terms of culture/history than in the Americas, that seeing the sights in a geographically small bit of it could easily take weeks. So don't be too hasty; it's no good just going for the highlights.

9. Posted by Smirnoff (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

Without wanting to sound too chauvinist, Europe ís big, only not on a geographical scale.

The thing is, though, that there is SOOOO much more to be seen in Europe in terms of culture/history than in the Americas, that seeing the sights in a geographically small bit of it could easily take weeks. So don't be too hasty; it's no good just going for the highlights.

Having spent half my life in europe and half in the americas, I couldn't agree with you more! My simple point was that, unlike the rest of the world, the short distances make it EASY to go anywhere that one wants in Europe.

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

In France most people will understand English but they will pretend not to - unless you make clear that you are not an Englishman.:(