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Minal Vazi

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May 14, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/14/96
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Hi!
Me and 4 of my friends are travelling to Europe (leaving next week), and we
were just wondering if any of you had any advice for us, in terms of places
to go, sites to see, things to do, stuff to bring from the U.S. or buy from a
foreign country, and also if anyone had any info about reserving train
tickets in advance, sleepers, eating, showering, what to do w/the luggage
while on train, and the such...oh yes, and info about good hostels to stay at
in any of the following places...

Paris, France
Loire Valley, France
Riviera, France
Venice or Milan, Italy
Geneva or Zurich, Switzerland
Barcelona, Spain
Munich, Germany....

Thanks so much for your time and anticipated response!!

Sincerely,
:P 5 clueless teenagers :P

Lolita Roberts

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May 14, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/14/96
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Clueless,
Geneva is a very expensive city to visit, but it is also very beautiful.
There is a nice guest house in the old part of town (up on a hill overlooking
the lake). I can't remember the name, but it faces the cathedral, to the
right as you face the entrance of the cathedral. It might be for women and
girls only, so if you all are male, look elsewhere.

Lollie in San Jose

Rosanne Gerry

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May 14, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/14/96
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Dear Clueless and Friends,
First of all, I would recommend taking along a guide book to help you
with the most basic information about these cities...the debate rages
on about which one to take, but I would personally recommend "Let's Go
Europe '96" for you guys.

There is a ton of stuff to see and do for each of the cities you
mentioned but I will only add in a few things of interest that I
remember.
In Munich, for example, there is a place to stay that sounds like a lot
of fun. It's called Jugendlage Kapuzinerholzl, otherwise known as "The
Tent". You sleep with 400 others in a big circus tent. DM7 gets you a
foam pad, blankets, a dry spot on the floor, bathrooms a shower, hot
tea and enthusiastic management. Maximum 3 night stay. No
reservations accepted. You must be under 24 years old, but it's
"flexible". They are open from late June to early September.
Recception is open from 5pm-9pm. There are no lockers.
The Tent is located on Frank-Schrank Str. (tel 141 43 00) Take U-1 to
Rotkreuzplatz, then tram #12 (direction "Amalienburgstr."), and hop off
at Botanischer Garten (ticket inspectors are especially rigorous on
this route)

In Venice, I stayed in Padova and commuted to Venice each day. I had
an unlimited eurail pass so I didn't have to worry about using up days.
I had just heard through word of mouth that the hostel in Venice was a
dump, so we opted for Padova.

Ok, that's about all the info I can offer for now. Happy trails!

Rosanne
rge...@edu.yorku.ca

Timothy Virnig

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May 14, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/14/96
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I would stay away from cities which sound cool now but are actually
quasi-boring for the average tourist. Cities such as Zurich and Bordeaux
may be economic bastions or romantic reputations, but they don't have
much to offer in terms of must-see sites. Pick up Rick Steve's "Europe
through the Backdoor" if you want a list of "must see" and "must not see"
cities.

Patricia J. Kooyman

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May 20, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/20/96
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You'd be missing two great cities if you follow this advice! Although maybe
neither has many world-famous buildings, musea etc, they both give a really
nice impression of how locals live, maybe simply because they do not have the
tourist-traps.

It just depends on what kind of trip you want - see all the touristy things OR
learn how the locals live!

Patricia (NL)

Phids

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Feb 5, 2020, 12:14:15 AM2/5/20
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The advice above was for the "average tourist" who might only be in a particular city for a day or two. By all means, for the tourist who wants to see how the locals live, learn about the culture more deeply, then cities like Bordeaux, etc. might be great. But again, the average tourist may want to pass on them.
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