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Old 01-31-2011, 08:10 PM
 
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I have made multiple trips to Europe. I have been to several major cities, moslty in western and southern Europe. Here is a list of the ones I have already been to:

London, UK
Glasgow, UK
Most of Ireland on a 10 day tour
Barcelona, Spain
Paris, France
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Frankfort, Germany
Trier, Germany
Zurich, Switzerland
Luzerene, Switzerland
Torino, Italy
Milan, Italy
Rome, Italy
Florence, Italy
Pisa, Italy
Livorno, Italy
Athens, Greece
Vienna, Austria

I think that's it. Which city do you suggest I look into visiting next?
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Bay View, Milwaukee
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Were there any cities, or styles/features of cities, that you particularly like? Here are some of my favorites:

Madrid, Spain (vibrant, cultural city in the heart of Castile)
Granada, Spain (shows interesting Muslim influence)
Aix-en-Provence, France (smaller than Paris yet lovely; Provence is great)
Genoa, Italy (low-key and provincial, but beautiful and historic)
Budapest, Hungary (beautiful yet very different from Western European cities)
Reykjavik, Iceland (has a small fishing village feel, but is worldly)

Why not go farther east or north? Some places I haven't been to yet:

Venice, Italy (you've been to Rome and Florence, why not Venice this time?)
Prague, Czech Republic (looks gorgeous, it's on my short list)
Krakow, Poland (beautiful, historic)
Tallinn, Estonia (not the usual destination for many travelers, so why not?)
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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You seem to have Western Europe well covered. How about Prague, Krakow or Moscow?
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:59 PM
 
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Were there any cities, or styles/features of cities, that you particularly like? Here are some of my favorites:

Madrid, Spain (vibrant, cultural city in the heart of Castile)
Granada, Spain (shows interesting Muslim influence)
Aix-en-Provence, France (smaller than Paris yet lovely; Provence is great)
Genoa, Italy (low-key and provincial, but beautiful and historic)
Budapest, Hungary (beautiful yet very different from Western European cities)
Reykjavik, Iceland (has a small fishing village feel, but is worldly)

Why not go farther east or north? Some places I haven't been to yet:

Venice, Italy (you've been to Rome and Florence, why not Venice this time?)
Prague, Czech Republic (looks gorgeous, it's on my short list)
Krakow, Poland (beautiful, historic)
Tallinn, Estonia (not the usual destination for many travelers, so why not?)
Thank you for some good suggestions!

Of the places I have been, I would have to say Switzerland, Austria, and Italy were my favorite.

I like history and historical buildings, especially churches, catherdrals and castles. I love art museums. I seem to enjoy cities that, along with history and cultrue, also have some scenic appeal. I like to be able to see a lot of things on foot. I am used to walking, and have frequently covered 5-10 miles a day. I really need a place where people will understand basic English. I have never had a problem in the past, but if I choose a place that is not used to tourists, I am worried it could be.

One thing that does not interest me, and I know everyone will think I'm crazy, is ethnic food. I am even a pretty patricular American eater, and trying new foods is just not my thing. I look for familiar foods when I travel.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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I'm surprised to see only one Spain destination on your list.

Madrid, Sevilla, Valencia, Granada/Cordoba are all amazing cities in Spain that you should really check out, especially if you like cathedrals and castles. There are smaller towns within an hr of Madrid like Segovia and Toledo that are absolutely phenomenal (I spent a summer in Toledo, one of the best experiences of my life). PM me if you'd like more info about any of these cities.

English will be spoken more in Madrid and Valencia than the other cities (at least it was when I was there), but I think you should be able to get by just fine no matter where you are.

Barcelona is beautiful, but I fell in love with southern Spain (Andalusia) when I lived there.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Two VERY VERY easy choices not sure which one is really better but from my 6 months of living in Europe. Prague or Madrid or how about both!
Prague is pretty small but such an awesome city!
Madrid is FANTASTIC! Huge city, great museums great food just everything you could want in a city. And the food and beer is sooooo good in Prague also.
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Some cities worthy of a trip

Tallinn
St Petersburg ( if you can afford it , it is eye wateringly expensive)
Edinburgh
Oxford
Bath
Toulouse
Lyon
Munich
Salzburg
Prague
Budapest
Dublin
Granada
Madrid
Seville
Cordoba
Brugge
Ghent
Lille
Venice
Istanbul
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:20 PM
 
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In Italy I suggest Venice.
In France, I suggest Nice, Aix-en-Provence & Avignon.
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Old 02-04-2011, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Don't visit Budapest (other than St. Margit Island). You'll miss out on what Hungary actually has to offer. Eger, Pecs, Szeged, Debrecen, Siofok. Anywhere else other than Budapest.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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I'd suggest Budapest, Prague, Dresden, Tallinn, St.Petersburg, Munich.

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One thing that does not interest me, and I know everyone will think I'm crazy, is ethnic food. I am even a pretty patricular American eater, and trying new foods is just not my thing. I look for familiar foods when I travel.
I don't understand this point but this should be no problem in all larger cities. At least Mc Donalds is everywhere in the world, and even in Russia you can eat your BigMac. Italian, German or some other European food maybe familiar as well, even thats not all the same in the US.
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