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  1. Kopiklokoli

    Kopiklokoli Monkey

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    Hey I am leaving for Europe tomorrow, first I am going to Turkey with my dad, but after that I will be spending about 5 weeks with friends.
    We have backpacks and Eurail passes and are going to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, France, England in that order. I am looking for ideas, who has been to these countries before? What is fun to do that does not cost too much since we are all 18 and don't have much money.
     

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  2. Dirty

    Dirty i said change it damn it....Janet...Slut!!

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    youre leaving tomorrow and only just thinking about things to do that dont cost much...? poor planning....

    sorry, i dont actually have anything constructive to add....

    good luck, and have fun...

    PS: actually, i have been to the netherlands...try out some buds over there...its good stuff...and relatively cheap
     
  3. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Sounds like a LOT for 5 weeks. I'd cut down on the number of places and stay longer. When we went for 4 months it was like this:

    Italy->Spain->France->Switzerland->Italy->Belgium->Netherlands->Denmark->Norway->Sweden->Finland->Germany->Czech->Austria->France->Ireland->Gr Britain

    That itineray was pretty aggressive, but we got to hang out for several days in places we fancied.
     
  4. Echo

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    It matters what kind of riding you want to do and what part of those countries you are going to. You're kind of asking "hey, I'm going to California, where should I ride?" There's great DH, great XC, awesome road riding, and everything in between in Europe.
     
  5. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    :stupid:

    We went for the cultural experience as well as to see the Alps. :D We primarily avoided the big cities because we wanted to see the countryside. And we wanted it to be relaxing, which it won't be if you're changing locations every day.
     
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    Changleen Paranoid Member

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    Go to the Alps, no matter what else you do.
     
  7. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Excellent advice! :thumb:
     
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    Outside of riding (which is great in the Alps) you should try and see (in the countries you mentioned):

    Rome, Geneva, Berlin, Prague, Amsterdam, Paris & London. If you go to Venice take a gas-mask...

    Countryside in France and Swizerland (south anyway) is beautiful, in fact France may be the best mix of scenery of any country in Europe. There is beautiful scenery in pretty much all of those countries, with the possible exception of Holland...:)

    Money's worth a lot more in the Czech Republic than any of the other places, so cheap will be the same kinda things as you can do back home ('cept in Amsterdam where there are a few alternatives).

    Here's a pic of Geneva, taken from my hotel window:
     
  9. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Interesting...... we didn't have any stink problems in Venice. :think:
     
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    urbaindk The Real Dr. Science

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    Well know fact: Hippys can't smell their own BO. Hippy.



    To the original poster - try Spain. Spain's cool. Also, slow down a little. Don't worry about getting from point A to point B. Settle down in one place for a few days and immerse yourself. You'll start to get a real feel for the culture that way.
     
  11. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I don't think he was talking about BO, dumbazz. :rolleyes:

    Ummmm....... yeah. That advice has been proffered already. Read the thread, n00B! :rolleyes: ;) Although I agree, Spain kicks ass. :thumb:
     
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    urbaindk The Real Dr. Science

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    Oh, see I thought maybe your BO was masking the raw sewage in the canals. My bad. :love:

    I haven't been to Venice myself, but my wife was there in the spring (a few years ago) and said the odor wasn't too bad but that the water sure looked nasty. I've heard that it starts to stink pretty bad when it gets hot later in the summer. She continues to rave on and on about how beautiful it was there!
     
  13. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    It is. We had only planned on spending a night there but ended up staying 3 nights. :thumb:
     
  14. Kopiklokoli

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    Yeah I am going to Venice for a few days, I hope it does not smell too bad. But I definitely hope to see the alps as i have heard they are amazing
     
  15. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    They are. They're astounding. Visit Chamonix.
     
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    cool european cities i would recommend:

    berlin
    stockholm
    copenhagen
    prague
    paris
    london
    rome
    florence
    dublin
    helsinki
    edinburgh

    unfortunately, a lot of those are pricey (esp the northern ones). for free stuff, there are always good student deals on admissions to museums and the like. i second the recommendation to slow down a bit and absorb a bit more, rather than trying to cram everything in...
     
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    Spain is cool. Most everywhere is cool. Madrid was kind of crazy. But still fun.
     
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    morzine / les gets.... :drool:
     
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    Rapidly becoming THE place to ride in Euroland...
     
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    agreed! just came back from a week of riding there, I want to go back!

    Cheap things to do in amsterdam? Sit in the vondel park and enjoy the humid dutch summer.
     
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    In amsterdam be sure to eat some indonesian food - it's fantastic. I recommend Puri Mas, which is right down the street from the Bulldog (which is really touristy, stay out unless you want to hang with loud americans).

    http://www.purimas.nl/

    Get the rijstaffel, it's a sample menu with about 8-10 courses - a little bit of everything. Incredible food.
     
  23. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Icky. :D