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Old 07-15-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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DW and I realize (being in our early fifties) that we won't be able to see every destination that we would like. So, at this point, I'm down to prioritizing.

We have already been to the UK, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

If we will only have the opportunity to return to Europe two or three times what are the absolute highlights that we still need to see? I suspect we'll be taking trips that last no longer than ten days on any of our remaining journeys because of reasons relating to employment and family.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Dublin, CA
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Mark,

Italy. Go to Rome, Florence, and Venice. All easy to get too and travel within on your own. I like to take day trips within each city.

Rome Tours, Vatican Tours & Walking Tours | Dark Rome Tours & Walks

This is my favorite tour company for Italy.

After Italy, I totally love Switzerland and Chamonix, France. Chamonix is breathtaking. Small town feel, with all the amenities. Great views of the French Alps and ability to take cable cars very high up. Lots of hiking and outdoor activities. Its about a 2 hour drive from Zermatt, Switzerland too.

Just my two cents.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:19 AM
 
Location: SW France
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Do you have any particular interests or wishes that might help us focus things a bit?
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:10 PM
 
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Hello all,
Europe is the best tourist attractions places and i want to visit here.I like London and now i am planning to travel here with friends next month.
Thanx
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:16 PM
 
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Go to an IMAGES search box and type in famous European places.. or something like that.
You'll see photos that appeals, and some that will be just ho hum..
your intuition will kick in.
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Old 07-18-2012, 03:49 AM
 
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Germany is a good place to visit. It's a large country by european standards, and has several regions all with their own distinct feel, foods etc. As with most countries in western Europe the railways are fast and efficient and are a good way to travel. You'll also get good connections to the rest of Europe if you want to travel further afield but I'm mindful of the fact that the trips will only be up to 10 days.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:58 AM
 
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Sure you can go to Paris and go the the Louvre and Notre Dame. And you can go to Rome and the Vatican. Etc. etc.

Maybe a better question is: what are the really interesting places that aren't totally stuffed with tourists, that don't cost so much with big city hotel prices, etc.

As examples: In Italy- Pompeii and the Amalfi coast. In Austria- Salzburg. In England- York and Durham.

Be guided largely by your interests.
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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I second Salzburg, Austria and also recommend the entire Bavarian region of Germany.
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Old 07-18-2012, 10:01 AM
 
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Oh for goodness sakes yes!! yes to Saltzburg
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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If going to Italy, Cinque Terre is a nice stop for a night or two. It includes 5 villages built along the cliffs on the Italian Riviera. We stayed in Riomaggiore for two nights in a room that used to be used by the vineyard workers in the 1800s. It's nice to spend the night as most of the tourists are gone by early evening and the locals come out and socialize.
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