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post #16 of 42
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You know, I have traveled a lot, but I know for a fact that you've traveled much more than me. I also know that you have some taste... so when you say that you like Prague, I'm still baffled. I could totally do without it, and the rest of the country as well. I just don't get it. I am so bewildered by that city's fame as a destination that I'm tempted to go back yet again just to see if I'm missing something. To me it's like the other Venice.

true - but I've been going there since before it was so crowded, and like italy, I always go off season.

you have to admit it is a beutiful city - full of cool buildings and art, even in very unexpected places. I am also a big fan of 1920's archetecture, and there is a lot of it standing in prague. one of my favorite places in the world is a corner in the city with a medieval building, a renasanince building, and 3 buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries on the same corner. I love that shit.

also, for a weekend, I can eat czech food - the beer, the bread dumplings, the gulash. wouldn't want to live there, but a few days work.
post #17 of 42
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I like Prague. near london - Amsterdam, Brussels. a little off the beaten track - bologna, budapest, vienna

Based on my travels the past few years I wouldn't really call Budapest nor Vienna off the beaten track. Their centers seem to be overrun with tourists as much as Paris, London, etc. At least in the summer and right now for Vienna. I imagine there will be fewer tourists come Oct/Nov. YMMV of course.
post #18 of 42
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Of those I'd say Bologna. Also maybe Genoa. Great food in both cities, just beautiful, not totally overrun.

yeah, but here's the thing - for a person who is going to get to Europe 5 times in their life, you tell them to go to Bolonga, and they don't get it, they want to see something famous. so, yeah, if I was choosing between a weekend in prague and one in bologna for myself, I'd choose Bologna, or Genoa. so in that I agree with you.
post #19 of 42
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true - but I've been going there since before it was so crowded, and like italy, I always go off season.

you have to admit it is a beutiful city - full of cool buildings and art, even in very unexpected places. I am also a big fan of 1920's archetecture, and there is a lot of it standing in prague. one of my favorite places in the world is a corner in the city with a medieval building, a renasanince building, and 3 buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries on the same corner. I love that shit.

also, for a weekend, I can eat czech food - the beer, the bread dumplings, the gulash. wouldn't want to live there, but a few days work.

Going off season anywhere dramatically improves your experience.
post #20 of 42
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Going off season anywhere dramatically improves your experience.

For Cleveland, this involves visiting twelve months a year and even then, I am not sure how dramatic the improvement is.


- B
post #21 of 42
Madrid if it is only a couple of days. Paris or Rome if it is longer.
post #22 of 42
Italy is good because there is tons of shit within a short train ride if you base yourself in the center/North. Rome/Florence/Bologna/Milan/Siena (my fave).
post #23 of 42
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For Cleveland, this involves visiting twelve months a year and even then, I am not sure how dramatic the improvement is.


- B

But Cleveland has such compelling videos! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmLA5TqbIY
post #24 of 42
Amsterdam!
Just because!
post #25 of 42
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Italy is good because there is tons of shit within a short train ride if you base yourself in the center/North. Rome/Florence/Bologna/Milan/Siena (my fave).

So true. Get up early and in a hour or two be in yet another historic city with great food, clothes, museums and wine in time for lunch . This gives a lot of options......
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post #27 of 42
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Based on my travels the past few years I wouldn't really call Budapest nor Vienna off the beaten track. Their centers seem to be overrun with tourists as much as Paris, London, etc. At least in the summer and right now for Vienna. I imagine there will be fewer tourists come Oct/Nov. YMMV of course.

I meant farther away from london
post #28 of 42
Edinburgh is awesome, and just a few train hours from London. Amazing city. Russia maybe? St Petersburg is incredible.
post #29 of 42
Venice: If the moon works for you,
keeping the tides in check,
this is one of the best times of the year to visit Venice.
The heat of summer is gone,
making it cooler for you,
and the canals less aromatic.

I like a little hotel called Loconda Orseolo.
Ask for a corner room with a double canal view.
It's less than a minute from St. Mark's Square.
It is entered via a quiet private courtyard.
post #30 of 42
Barcelona is perfect for a shorter visit.
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