Mar. 30th, 2013 05:32 pm
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they have a big section on europe, which seems to cover just about everything for most of the major countries and cities; money, hotels, things to do & see.


Oct. 3rd, 2010 04:15 pm
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i've never been to europe, but would love to go some day.

if you need to go on a budget you should check out a PBS program done by rick steves. they're up on hulu (edit: available only in the U.S.) & he has a site as well. he also has group tours, if that's what your interested in.
he covers places to see, where to stay & how to avoid crowds. he even did a 3 part travel skills special at the end of season one.

he's put out a ton of guide books & this one on how to get around europe if you have limited mobility.

note: a couple of the places he goes to in the series are closed now. like the visitors center at the waterford crystal factory, so do your research before you go.

note to the moderator: i'm not sure how many tags i should put on this since the show covers a lot of places and info. feel free to add any you think are necessary.

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So, trying to get some action going here, I figured I'd post about my latest trip.

Earlier this month, my husband, mother, and I went for 5 days to Vienna, and on the last day we took a day-trip to Bratislava. Vienna was not my most favorite city that we have visited (read: Athens, Rome, Venice, Budapest, for winners of that category), but it was an enjoyable trip.

Read all about Vienna... )

And about Bratislava... )

So yeah, that's about it. Ask questions if ya got 'em.

And if anyone is interested, I can share a couple of my photos here. But there's 917 and I haven't gone through them yet, nor uploaded them, which will obviously take quite a bit of time, lol. But if you want to see anything in particular, let me know and I can find that and share it here. ^^
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So where have I been lately? Well... how about Moscow and St. Petersburg?

Me in Russia

My mother took me on a trip that included both of these splendid cities. They are, as I have learned, very different.
While Moscow is very busy, mostly modern, a bustling centre of government and business, St. Petersburg is cultural, a city full of museums, theatres and palaces.
We got to spend a few days in each of them, first Moscow, then St. Petersburg, and traveled from one to the other by train.

It was a fascinating trip. I couldn't even begin to tell you what I liked best. So here are some highlights:
  • The metro stations in Moscow. Stalin built underground palaces for the benefit of the workers. Too bad, our guide said, that above ground, he built them barracks.
  • The guide herself. Marina is smart, funny and speaks great Dutch.
  • Borsjtsj. Beet soup. Good stuff, and I don't even like beets. Wodka is nice too, but I already knew that.
  • The Moscow cemetary for prominent Moscovians. Everyone has a statue or an engraved picture; everyone is a hero. Many men (hardly any women) are shown with symbols of their profession. Like pilotes' goggles, a newborn baby or a telephone.
  • The churches... painted on the inside from top to bottom. Golden domes. Lots of angels. Splendid Cyrillic lettering.
  • Being there for a few days and learning to read some of the signs.
  • Hearing five stout, short Russian men, who looked like lorry drivers, open their mouths and sing like angels.
  • Releasing six BookCrossing books, in Russian. One of them inside the Kremlin.
  • The old Socialist statues and monuments, pompous and stylized at the same time, trying their best to look glorious and intimidating.
  • A boat trip through the canals and rivers of St. Petersburg.
  • Good weather. Almost all day, almost every day. My coat was much too warm.
  • More palaces than you can shake a stick at. And we went for lunch in one of them.
  • Seeing the lunch menu mentioning a 'Spring Fantasy' salad as a starter, accompanied by a Nevsky Loaf from the palace bakery as well as [so-and-so] spring water from a 150 metre deep well... and realizing that this meant 'We will welcome you with cabbage, water and a small roll of bread'. Highly amusing (and the lunch wasn't bad after all).
  • The Hermitage. It's one of the places you must have been to. But not for too long, as it'll make you dizzy and give you a headache. One can only see so many badly-lit 17th century masterpieces a day. The rooms are competing for attention with the artefacts.

In other words: this trip was a complete trip. If you're interested in the way too many pictures that I took, go here. Don't say I didn't warn you!