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1. Posted by Sam... (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hi all,

I'm heading o/s and will be spending 2 months in Europe July-August (missing Melbourne's awful winter weather - yay!). I'm just after any tips/advice on what to do/what to see, as my plans are scant at best!

I fly into London and will spend a few weeks in England; I know England pretty well and am sure will find heaps to do. The thing is, I also want to visit Ireland (Dublin in particular), France (Paris and i'm not sure where else) and Greece (Athens, Crete and Santorini) and am not sure how best to go about it... I know there are cheap flights from London to Paris at the moment, but from there I don't know where else to go in France, and how to end up in Greece. I am a bit intrigued about the train from London to Paris; is it all it's cracked up to be?

I am open to seeing other countries, and my plans are very flexible. Basically, i don't have a clue! Money isn't much of an issue, time is more so.

Any words of advice would be much appreciated.

Cheers!
:) Sam

2. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Flying from London to Paris just means adding unnecessary travel time from the respective city centres. Certainly you'd be as well to try and pick up a bargain fare on Eurostar. A return fare probably works out as the best value. There are plenty of other places to go in France but July-August is their holiday season and most French people spend their holidays in their own country, so beach resorts will be packed full, though I'd definitely recommend visiting St Malo, which you can get to directly by ferry from the south coast of England or by train from Paris

For Ireland I would say that two to three days are perfectly sufficient for Dublin, then head north for one full day and a night in Belfast, then on to the Causeway Coast in North Antrim, at which point I should give a plug for Ballycastle Backpackers as a great place to stay in one of Ireland's most pleasant towns. Thereafter head west to Donegal and down the west coast to Galway ...

In July- August, Greece might well be oppressively hot. In midsummer you'd be as well to stick to Northern Europe where the weather should be warm(ish) and the days are long. I stand to be corrected, but Holland in midsummer has quite nice weather and it's of course easy to get to from England or France; so a few days in Amsterdam, assuming you haven't been there before, plus time dependent a few days trips out of the city to Haarlem, Leiden, Den Haag and Almaar are all worthwhile.

Back to England again, maybe you could let us know where you have already been and what kinds of places attract you to visit next?

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Why do you want to visit Dublin in particular??

4. Posted by Sam... (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Thanks for the replies - the reason i want to visit Dublin is as I have a friend who is staying there at the moment. In England I have been to a lot of the main cities (London, Birmingham, Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool) but I would be interested in a bit more of a scenic visit (i was thinking of the Cotswolds).

I am in desperate need of sunshine at the moment, so am looking forward to Greece - i imagine it would get seriously hot, but an Aussie i don't think it'll come as much as a shock. Looking out the window at this dreary Melbourne autumn weather, I am dreaming of beautiful beaches! ;)

Any other tips would also be greatly appreciated!

Cheers :)

5. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

The Costwolds are nice, but some of the towns are a bit, well, twee. If you like olde tea shoppes then towns like Stow-on-the Wold are the places to go. You'll find that Stow and similar towns will be packed full of tourists. You could stay in Warwick or Stratford-upon-Avon and visit one or two of the Cotswold towns from there, but then these two towns are very touristy in summer as well. If you want to see some of the countryside, the Welsh Marches are nice, with a good few castles; or maybe head north to the Lake District?

6. Posted by frankie 75 (Budding Member 28 posts) 7y

I really like the Euro star train I think it’s easier and quicker than flying. As you can get train from central London straight into central Paris no having to get to and from Airports which also ends up costing and waiting for bags ect.

As for going to Greece flying is properly your best bet you could fly straight to Mykonos or Santorini from London and properly Paris saving you time and a long ferry ride and work your way around the islands you want to visit and back to Athens. Route you could take Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Ios, Santorini then Athens .

If I whee you I would spend most of the two months in Greek Islands So I would goe 1 week england, 1 week Paris, 3 weeks Greece and 1 week somewhere else so much to see and do
Have fun

7. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Your comment on Greece isn't far wrong - and yes, expect it to be hot.
Greece is the hottest country in Europe. Romania is the sunniest, Bulgaria is the driest - and Ireland is the windiest.
In fact speaking "Mean" temperatures, Greece is generally as hot as Australia and Mexico in the summer.
You've worked your trip out very well, I think.

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Your comment on Greece isn't far wrong - and yes, expect it to be hot.
Greece is the hottest country in Europe. Romania is the sunniest, Bulgaria is the driest - and Ireland is the windiest.
In fact speaking "Mean" temperatures, Greece is generally as hot as Australia and Mexico in the summer.
You've worked your trip out very well, I think.

Don't know about the sunniest, windiest etc. (like the theory though), but in general yes Greece is one of the warmest countries in Europe during the summer. Still, temperatures along the coast and on the islands is mostly 30-35 degrees, with temperatures recorded inland above 45 degrees. It is mainly the same as in southern Italy and southern Spain, where temperatures along the coast are ok, but inland can be very hot indeed.
Australia...well, inland is hot always (in summer I mean), while the European countries tend to have some hotter days.

Had to reply, I like climate and weather;)

9. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Not my theories actually. I like weather stats too and looked all those up. Apparently, there is a lightest country as well. Can't remember which one it was now, but that wasn't climate, so didn't grab me as much as the others did. I thought maybe it was Iceland, as it's 24 hour daylight through the summer, but surely that would be outweighed by the very short daylight in the winter.
Dunno.