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21. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Oh, I'm sure I'll do a lot of tapas throughout Spain because I think it's easier to eat little things in a bar than a sitdown meal when you are a woman alone. And hopefully I'll meet more people that way. ;) I hope it's not too big of a struggle to find food that doesn't have seafood in it, since Spain seems to be big on seafood, especially the coastal towns.

It's so hard to not add more cities to my itinerary but two weeks isn't much time. This first trip to Spain will hit the biggies and then I'll come back in the future to see some more.

Already ordered travel books and a spanish phrasebook and I think I know what hotels I'm choosing! Now I'm trying to get bumped from business flights for the travel credit to pay for this :)

22. Posted by arida (Full Member 17 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi ...I assume you are buying some kind of a tourist train pass.....I don't know what they are called these days but back in the 80's I travelled on a young persons rail pass and could not move as quickly through France/Spain as I'd hoped. Unless you reserved your sleeper berths or seats well in advance you could not necessarily just hop on the next train. The trains are a great way to travel and the best way to be in transit if you are aiming to spend so much time in transit ;) You get to pass through some of the best scenery on a train.

23. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Yes, I love riding the train. I priced it out and the Spain/France pass for four days was the best deal for me (~$350US+reserve fees 1st class), particularly because of the fast train between Madrid and Barcelona (which requires a reservation). The first class pass costs about the same as individual 2nd class tickets. Of course, the cost of a ticket depends on the time of day I go and that's impossible to predict but I did try to look at several times of day to see what the spread was for individual rides. I'm not planning on doing any sleeper cars. I'll probably reserve the next ride right when I get off each train. Never had a hard time in central europe or Italy so I'm not excessively worried about it but will try to make sure by reserving a couple days out.

24. Posted by travellony (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello Laurim,

If you need help planning your trip (Paris... Barcelona...) or finding interesting attractions to visit, you could use - it is free.
It will build an automatic itinerary for you - according to the location, trip duration and starting date. It will even take into account holidays and opening/closing hours of the attractions.

You can also customize it by adding/eliminating attractions so you get your own personal tour.

I used its ability to save my routes (you need to register) when I went on a trip to Barcelona. This way I could always take a look at my daily route from an Internet café - or you could also print your trip and have the paper version.

Hope I could help! :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Sep-2010, at 01:30 by travellony ]

25. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I checked out. It would probably be good for an inexperienced traveller, one who likes museums and churches or one with kids but it really didn't cover the subjects I wanted it to. It didn't even mention the huge event in Barcelona that I'm planning the timing of my trip around! And the hotel I chose isn't on the hotel list to plan a walking itinerary around. Doesn't mention the segway tour of the city I've heard rave reviews about that I intend to take the first day I'm there. Thanks for the suggestion anyway, it's a neat idea. :)