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Hi all,
 
I’m flying into London on the 5th of September and out of Frankfurt on the 2nd of November. I looking for any input you may have.
 
My modus operandi is to prepare a detailed timetable and then chuck it out the window as circumstances dictate. I’m currently planning on a 15 day in 2 month global Eurail. I’m interested in history, art and architecture; during the day you’ll find me in a museum or gallery, or walking the streets soaking up the local atmosphere. I’m too old to care much about nightlife, but like a drink and a good meal. I stay in hostels or pensions, with the occasional hotel room to give me some peace and quite. As you’ll see I sleep well on night trains, and I move around perhaps more than I should.
 
My current itinerary is as follows: places I have visited before are marked with a *, this may or may not explain the brevitySmile
 
5th September – land in London* from Sydney, daytrip to IWM at Duxford
8th September – Chunnel to Paris*
10th September – to Amiens, Somme battlefields
12th September – to Amsterdam*, day trips to der Haage and Arnhem
16th September – to Berlin* via Aachen and Frankfurt* 
19th September – Overnight train to Vienna*
20th September – join tour for Eastern Europe….
4th October – tour ends in Budapest, train to Vienna,overnight train to Rome
5th October – train onto Naples*, daytrips to Amalfi coast* and Ischia
8th October – to Rome*
9th October – overnight tain to Lecce
11th October – overnight train to Bolonga, also visit as time allows Mantua, Palma and perhaps Modena
14th October – late to Venice*
15th October – overnight train to Nice
16th October – train to Lyon, daytrip to Grenoble, Djion?
19th October – train to Carcassone
20th October – to Toulouse
22nd October – to Bordeaux
23rd October – to San Sesbestian
24th October – day trip to Bilbao, late or overnight train to Madrid*
25th October – Madrid
26th October – to Salamanca
28th October – to Valencia
31st October – fly Valencia to Frankfurt*with Air Berlin, train to Wurzburg
2nd November – day trip to Rothenburg, late – 2330 – flight from Frankfurt* home to Sydney
 
Recommendations for places to stay in the places listed in Spain and France would be most welcome.
 
Thanks in advance,
 
Anthony

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You do move around a bit.[Smile]
I think you will enjoy Toulouse and Carcassonne.
Any particular reason you are going to Bordeaux before San Sebastian? Are you talking about San Sebastian, Spain? I’ve never been to Bordeaux myself, but people tend to disparage it a bit (though the wine is good.) I just wonder if it might be more enjoyable to hang around Toulouse or thereabouts awhile longer instead.

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Why am I going to Bordeaux? Thats a good question – not what I was expecting. I don’t have a particularly good answer, except that it’s on the way between Toulouse and San Sebastian. There’s enough there to keep me occupied for an afternoon and an evening. I have been thinking along your line that I might very well be better off staying in Toulouse a bit longer, but I keep coming back to I’ll never know unless I do check out Bordeaux.

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from Amsterdam: you may find you want to leave it, and so a really short trip is 10 minutes west to Haarlem.  The Frans Hals museum and the Corrie ten Boom House are there as well is the big church.  If they still have organ concerts there on tuesdays, you hear sound from a huge mother of an organ. Concerts were free.  I thought Haarlem was a nice change of pace from AMS.

hotels: check out the places on www.eurocheapo.com

carcarsonne. try a hostel bed at the HI hostel in the Cite. you’ll have the place to yourself anyway because it’ll be night and you’re not going in summer

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Thanks for the hints. I am planning to get out of Amsterdam as much as possible, so ideas in the rest of theNetherlands are great.
 
Does Carcassone  actually quiten down later in the year? I was still expecting a fair crowd during the day. I don’t think I’d head there if I wasn’t going to stay overnight.

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We were in the Carcassonne castle on a freezing February morning and literally had the place to ourselves.[image]http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d132/Capresesalad/IMG_0406.jpg[/image]

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one thing you HAVE to do is rent a bike (hopefully for the whole time) you are in Amsterdam

nothing was more fun for me than to get on the bike

its the fastest way of getting around the city

I started with a bike tour – we rode around the city for a bit, rode out to a clog and cheese making place, saw Rembrant’s windmill, and then headed back
discount on the bike rental for the next day.  i went with mike’s bike tours but others are probably similar

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I have really been kicking myself for not hitting Carcassonne and Pont du Gard on my last trip. Who the hell knows when the next time I’ll be in the Mediterranean region is [:@]

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