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France

price o' drinks

Is it difficult, in general, in France and Italy to find cheap, great wine? What IS cheap wine? Does it go for 20 E at cheapest:best ratio or can I pick up a decent bottle for only a few E? I’m headed specifically to Bordeaux, Paris, Perpignon, Venice, Florence, and Rome. How fares the drink?

Palais de Papes
Landmark in Avignon, France

Ferries Help!!

Hey, my best friend an I are planning to do a backpacking trip in northern france this summer. We also wanted to spend a few days in london and very very tentatively considering Dublin. We were really hoping to take a ferry across the channel, just for the experience, but it seems like this is extremely expensive. Does anyone have any thoughts or info about ferries (I was really hoping to go Granville to Jersey to Portsmouth) or know anything about discounts?? Thanks.

Historical Europe city advice

We are going for a month to western Europe, as follows: from Salt Lake City to London however our time in London is going to be almost free we will be staying with close family. We are budgeting about $3700 for everything. (per person-there are just two of us) these are our cities: London, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Venice, Rome, Marseilles, Barcelona, Madrid, London
We will be backpacking and staying in hostels. The trip is to see Europe-not party or hook up.

Money and Shoes for western Europe Backpacking

We are going for a month to western Europe, as follows: from Salt Lake City to London however our time in London is going to be almost free we will be staying with close family. We are budgeting about $3700 for everything. (per person-there are just two of us) these are our cities: London, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Venice, Rome, Marseilles, Barcelona, Madrid, London
We will be backpacking and staying in hostels. The trip is to see Europe-not party or hook up.

BOS - So. France, Jul/Aug 2010

My wife, two young girls and I are planning a roughly 3-week vacation in Avignon, France during July/August 2010. We are staying with family so our travel needs are limited to airfare.

We are based in Boston and would consider flying out of airports within 2-3 hours away (BOS, PRV, MHT, BDL). The same for airports around Avignon (MRS, AVN, FNI, MPL). However with the kids we’re not really comfortable switching airports en route.

Based on those options, what do people recommend? I am checking ITA. Which of the consolidators should I be checking?

Camino de Santiago

Has anyone traveled the Camino de Santiago? I was thinking of doing the Camino Portugues since I have a good friend in Porto. Any input would be great!

Skiing in Isola resort.

I’m writting just to share my experience.
Last week I returned from my trip to France, Nice. We visited the skiing resort Isola which is lacated 90 km from Nice. We had a great time there and we decided to go there someday again.

If someone has been to this resort you can write about your experience there.

Winter Packing

Hey, if anyone has any recommendations as to what specifically to pack for a trip during Winter 2010… That would be great. I have read a list of what should be packed in for winter travels, however, my trip includes from start to finish( a bit concerned about the lower Bavaria and Alps):

France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czech, Swiss, Back to Paris to fly out…

Thanks!

Transportation in/around Europe

I’ve been researching various Eurail, Eurostar, etc… tickets/prices/destinations. Frankly, it’s all starting to confuse me. I need help in picking the best means of transport. This will be my first time in Europe and I’m trying to work under a budget. If anyone has traveled in & between the countries I’ve listed, I’d appreciate any advice. I’m going to the following cities in this order: Amsterdam, Paris, London, Dublin, Amsterdam (again).