Europe in October - Need Advice

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  1. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    If you going for night train, get a whole room by yourself, too noise otherwise... You can do Paris Rome Florence if you want to squeeze a bit
     
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    Mr Melanzane Senior member

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    Night train involving Paris and Italy was recently re-launched after a brief suspension. Now it's worse than ever. Avoid at all costs. Badly run, dirty and vastly over-priced.
    Sounds romantic but we're not still in the 50s.
    Avoiding the hell of airports-
    Fly in to Paris - 3 days
    TGV to south Aix or Nice - 2 days.
    Slow train along coast into Italy - San Remo or Imperia/Finale Ligure - 1 day
    fast train to Florence - 2 days
    fast train to Rome - 2 days

    gives you some big city Europe and some smaller town experience.

    If you want to avoid so much train, do Paris- fast train Milan, fast train La Spezia (for Cinque Terre)- fast train to Rome.

    I recently got an advance ticket Paris - Milan on the TGV for 45euro, first class. Plannig pays
     
  3. OliverGauffe

    OliverGauffe Senior member

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    One word of advice: don't plan too many destinations. You will have a wonderful time just taking it all in--there is enough to see without the monuments and history, and once you add that in, every moment is quite full of things to see and do. I suggest choosing 2 countries, and then 2 cities within those countries. France is wonderful, but so is Italy and Spain.

    In Italy, Florece and Rome. In Spain, Madrid and Grenada. In France, Provence region and its small stone villages.

    Do things like: go to farmer's markets for your daily food, drink wine in the evening on a sidewalk café, and learn the history of where you are walking. There are some places that are just mindblowing with the historical scope...at least for us Americans!
     
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    Joffrey Senior member

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    I agree. Limiting it to fewer cities allows you to really find the pulse of it and spend less time hustling from landmark to landmark.
     
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    AlexE Senior member

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    A nice option could be a trip across the alps which would include history, fantastic scenery, Mediterranean feel and arts. For example you could fly into Munich, which is a nice combination of the grandeur of the Bavarian kings and cutting-edge technology, visit the famous castles in the Bavarian Alps, go to Mozart's birthplace in Salzburg and then across the Grossglockner alpine road along glaciers south heading towards Italy, where you can visit Florence, which is pure beauty and finish you journey in romantic Venice. This trip would give you an insight into three countries in the core of Europe without requiring too much time on the road.

    Of course, Paris is always nice, but I do not think that there is much to do in Nice in October since the beach season is obviously over by then. I also would make sure not to only visit big cities, since obviously only the balance of cities and countywide will give you a comprehensive experience (imagine if someone visits the US and only goes to NYC and LA)
     
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    Thank you all.

    We are flying into Paris and staying 5 nights in an apartment in, most likely, the 6th Arrondissement. After that, we are most likely going to Nice and taking day trips to various Southern France areas. I know we won't be there for beach season, but places like Eze, Monaco, etc. are still worthwhile in early/mid October, no?
     
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  7. AlexE

    AlexE Senior member

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    The landscape is always nice down there and Nice also as a couple of great museums. You should probably have a backup plan for rainy days since precipitation reaches its annual peak in October and November (you may be lucky and have no rain, but it is best to be prepared for everything). Enjoy your trip!

    For dinner in Paris try: Chez Gabrielle in 7 Rue Etoile located in a residential area a few hundred meters north of l'Arc de Triomphe...it is a smaller place, so it is best to have a reservation.
     
  8. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    great itinerary
     
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    Maybe I'll see you there! I'm going on my first European trip, with my girlfriend in October as well. We are flying into Frankfort, meeting up with her sister and bro-in-law and going from there. Paris, Florence, Rome are my top choices so far, we'll see where the democratic process takes us. Finding Italian tailors sent me off the rails really quickly though. I ended up wanting to plan our travels around tailors....not a great idea....maybe next trip :)

    Some great suggestions here for sure, like the Night Train Paris-Rome, you save on the hotel and the day of travel that way: smart.
     
  10. globetrotter

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    paris will be great in oct. nice is good in Oct, but I don't really like the beaches that much there, anyway. the market in nice is nice, and the matisse museum is nice (trying to remember if its nice or marsai) have fun.
     
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    How much cash would you guys recommend for 2-3 weeks in Europe?
     
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    Completely depends on what you are doing and how much you are looking to spend...

    By and large ATMs work well, so you can always pull out more. Obviously, you will have to pay ATM fees and conversion charges, but it's still cheaper than going to a money changer.

    Note that a lot of places have moved to requiring the little chips in your credit card to accept them, so if your card does not have one, you will need more cash.
     
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    well i have a good card with no foreign exchange fee but i will need cash for cabs and metro etc.

    i ordered 550e for now
     
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    To make a gross generalization, you will probably use cash more in Europe than you do in the US. Just keep that in mind--you can't use CC for everything like you can here.

    Were it me, I'd probably take out just about exactly what you did and get more if I needed it, but again, this depends on your budget--if you're blowing it out the whole time you're there, that's not going to last. If you're staying in hostels, eating cheaply, and not shopping, it's probably too much.

    Personally, I'd rather have too little and have to get more than have extra leftover that I had to change back at the end.
     
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