RE: I'm planning on...
May 13, 2013, 14:26:30
I have been to Europe more often than I can count. During the 2007 EC I went to France and also visited Slovakia, Austria, Italy, Scotland and England in the process. It is always wise to go on the websites of various cities and see what accommodation is available at what prices and also what the various cities can offer.
Previously I was in visits to virtually every country in Europe. So the advice on the website issue is really valuable.
However, I would strongly recommend a visit to Vienna. There is an hotel where I stayed repeatedly in Vienna called the Alt Wienerhof. A smallish place near the Western underground station. Vienna is fascinating - both from an entertainment and historical perspective. For centuries it was by far the most important citty in the world and it is classical from a historic point of view. I booked a trip comprising a visit to the Schonbrunn palace, dinner at the palace and a performance by the Imperial Orchestra - really phenominal if you like that kind of thing.
Paris is also a must visit for anyone and do not rule out Amsterdam completely. It is charming to take a cruise on the canals (grachts), but do not take your wife for a walk in the city - you may end up walking through the Walletjies - Die Wahle - the large red light area with a giant monument dedicated to a penis. However, there are the Rijksmuseum and Royal Palace - which is worth a visit. The art exhibits are phenominal. Germany as a whle is not wortht a visit - but for Bavaria and especially the Berchtesgarten area definitely is. A visit to Neuschwaenstein and Hohenswangau is really a treat.
You can lease vehices relatively cheaply in Europe - decide on the destinations and plan your trips accordingly.
If you have a week - take the train to Munchen and from there to Vienna. Stay three of four days in each city and plan your recreational trips through careful computer-based analysis and then proceed. From Vienna you can travel to Venice and from there to Milan and then to the French Riviera. Avoid Marseilles if you can help it. From there you can travel by bullet train to Paris - stopping over in places like Montpellier, Toulouse and then after staying in Paris a few days - can then take the channel train back to England. beware though - i the case of the channel train there is no one-way tickets only return tickets. A one-way trip costs as much as a return trip - at least that was the case in 2007.
A two and a half week break is to my mind essential.
Just something else - there are consession ticket systems on trains in Europe that can save a lot of money - check that on the internet as well. Lastly - certain budget flights are very cheap - but can also be unreliable.
You have an opportunity to plan a wonderful trip and the computer can help you do so. However, be careful about credit card usage. I ended up with spending R250 000 on the trip in 2007 - so be careful . Unless you plan very carefully - it is very expensive. For instance I took my nephew and his wife to a musical in London -" We will Rock You" preceeded by a dinner for the three of us and the acoount came to over R10 000.
I can only say - use the opportunity and plan carefully - using the computer - and beware of the credit card issue. You may - like me - regret abuse afterwards.