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1. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y

Hello there! I'm starting to think about taking a trip around Europe in May and I'm looking for some advice.

Here are the deets. I'm thinking about two and half to three and half weeks of most probably solo travel flying in and out of Dublin. Previously I have covered a great deal of Ireland and Northern Ireland and recently took a trip to the Pisa and Cinque Terra regions of Italy. I have been around Northern and Central France, but that's been about 13 years. I love art, theatre, dance, architecture. I enjoy rural, but since I'll be on my own and it's a short trip maybe a little more mainstream would be good.

My thoughts are:
Paris (been there, but the museums are SO amazing, and probably wouldn't spend too long)
Switzerland (where exactly I don't know, but everyone I know who's been there has loved it)
England/Scotland (London seems good, but maybe somewhere else would be more interesting)

So these are just thoughts. I would LOVE input as to what y'all think about it. Do these sound good? Any of these you would leave off? Any other cities that are a must see? If narrowing it down what would you leave out? Any help is greatly appreciated

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

well im always partial to Eastern Europe. Budapest, Prague, and Poland are a great way to see central and eastern europe and still stay kinda mainstream (im assuming you mean on the beaten track) these cities are great for architecture.

Switzerland is nice tho, Bern has nice architecture, for art well im off to the HR Giger Museum next month in Grueyers! If your into Alien :)

Scotland is nice but youve seen Ireland (its the same just wetter) and try branching out onto the continent.

3. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y

Thanks for the help coldwarspy! Thinking I might try for Prague if I can fit it in.

Does anyone else have any ideas? Any favorite places? Please

4. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

Quoting Wonkerer

I love art, theatre, dance, architecture. I enjoy rural, but since I'll be on my own and it's a short trip maybe a little more mainstream would be good.

Hmm....sounds like everything Spain is known worldwide for! If I'm not mistaken, Spain is Europe's leading innovator in modern architecture (Sorry Germany). Not to mention all of the historic sites. If you're really into architecture, you already know about Barcelona and Gaudi's masterpieces. Some of the world's greatest art museums are in Spain such as El Prado in Madrid which contains art from Spanish and worldwide legends (Moya, Velazquez, Picasso, Dali, Gaudi...). Dance and theater go hand in hand in Spain. I'm sure you're aware of traditional Spanish theater and dance. Perhaps you can take a Flamenco class in Sevilla. While you're at it, Portugal is worth exploring as well. It's right there. I'm very much interested in seeing a Fado performance there. It's a music exclusive to Portugal.

Oh, and in Spain there are so many beautiful villages/towns and many of them are near major cities. So it'd only be a short train ride away into a more intimate setting

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 12, 2008, at 1:40 AM by NantesFC ]

5. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member 592 posts) 9y

I'd thought about Spain, but wanting to see a variety of stuff I'd only really have time for one city and then you get into the whole Barcelona/Madrid debate. As well, I was kinda trying to keep to a course that wasn't too wacky and all over the place as to maximize my time. Also, would have to say that no one's every said to me that the one place I need to go is Spain (or any particular city within) and I'm kinda trying to go with top reccommendations first. I'll definitely give it more thought though. Sad to only have so much time and money, but I'm luckier than some others, so got to just do what I can