i spent five weeks travelling europe in 2004 and spent time in france, germany, czech, hungary and greece but without a doubt most amasing place was croatia which i musr recommend to all.
In zagreb, you have a vibrant city, plitvice is a wonderful...yet slightly isolated national park... then on to the wonderful islands that span the coast from split hvar, bol, brac etc to dubrovnik. Drubrovnik in itself is worthy of a trip to this amazing place. i ha d the time of my life. this country is an absolute must where the prices are stupidly cheap and the are people most welcoming i have experienced any where.
you can travel on an overnight ferry from Bari in Italy to Dubrovnik or by bus from trieste or venice. i strongly recommend it
For a train ticket, you have to pay a bit if you have a eurrail pass of some sort, I don't know how much it is though, some per cent of the ticket price. On top of it, you need to reserve your seat or your cabin, and it depends exactly on the class you buy a ticket for, and on the constraints of your eurrail pass. In first class you reserve a sleeping cabin, or a seat in a cabin. In second class, if it is an overnight train, then you reserve seats like usual durring the day, but the seats recline. There are compartments overhead to store your backpack or you could leave it at your feet. You must reserve a seat for yourself or you will have to stand (make sure you see Reservation in the official language) and when they come around to punch your ticket they may kick you off the train if you are in the wrong section/car or class or get angry with you. If you are travelling day into night or night into day, everything will be worked out. Always buy your whole ticket as much as possible in the city you are in until the city you are travelling to. It is much easier that way. Try not to buy tickets in Paris.
Have a good trip and good luck!
Applegirl - wait until Kaite/mtlchica sees that!! She loves the city so much that you can be mistaken ffor thinking that she works for the tourist board there...
LOL, that's my next job, fingers crossed. Too bad I didn't see this thread sooner...I had a few things to say, but most of ya beat me to the punch!
Paris is my number one (and it looks like I may be back there in the upcoming months!), Barcelona is definately second. I also really enjoyed Berlin. For natural beauty, I was awe-struck by the mountains in Switzerland. Took my breath away.
Jooksing, if you have any questions about Paris - or anywhere else in Europe for that matter - feel free to ask or message me.