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Peh said:

Stay away from people trying to sell you stuff on the streets. I've noticed these people in italy and france. They don't exist in germany, though.

 

And wtf? No Berlin? The future capital of Europe :P

When I was in Berlin, nobody tried to sell me stuff, but there were a lot of people who tried to make me sign a paper and donate money.

OT: The London Dungeon is very fun and entertaining. Actors show you the stories of Guy Fawkes, the plague, Jack the Ripper...



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Ok... how do I say this carefully?

When you're in Eastern Europe (this isn't nearly as bad as in western Europe), just be carefully around gypsies. Most of the ones you see on the streets are probably harmless and just begging (or selling kids toys), but they are known to potentially get violent as well.

Also, I think you are not giving yourself enough time to actually explore these places. Now I haven't been to Europe since college, but I found that I needed around a week to explore one city to my liking. I understand if you want to go to as many places as possible, but you will likely be rushing and missing quite a few landmarks on the way.

Edit: Guy below made a good point - Europeans don't really like Americans personally (except for the British). So if you want (this is what I always do), simply get a Canadian pin or flag or whatever and put it somewhere were people can see. Everyone loves our country, so you should be treated much better if you do this.



Made a bet with LipeJJ and HylianYoshi that the XB1 will reach 30 million before Wii U reaches 15 million. Loser has to get avatar picked by winner for 6 months (or if I lose, either 6 months avatar control for both Lipe and Hylian, or my patrick avatar comes back forever).

SvennoJ said:

In Amsterdam stop by here to get some fries. I used to get them for lunch whenever I could, best fries in the world
https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g188590-d1935384-r150171595-Vlaams_Friteshuis_Vleminckx-Amsterdam_North_Holland_Province.html


As an Belgium I got hurt reading this but then I saw you link 'Vlaams' as Flemish(Belgian) fries and can only agree =p.

Anywan one tip, in some regions just say you are Canadian people will treat you better and make even silly 'eh' joke sentences. (Also you miss out on not going to Bruges).






In Italy traffic is terrible and trains never arrive in time so good luck getting in and out of the country in one day. Rome has too much to see in one day, you might consider visiting it at a later date and replace it with some Northern Italy locations like Turin, Milan or Venice so that you shorten your trip and get more time to spend visiting more places, you'd also be closer to Switzerland for the next day



Come have a beer with me in Amsterdam, I work there. It's a small city.



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My advice would have been "Make that trip in the summer", but that's probably no option anymore ;)



Luke888 said:

In Italy traffic is terrible and trains never arrive in time so good luck getting in and out of the country in one day. Rome has too much to see in one day, you might consider visiting it at a later date and replace it with some Northern Italy locations like Turin, Milan or Venice so that you shorten your trip and get more time to spend visiting more places, you'd also be closer to Switzerland for the next day

I was very satisfied with the Italian train service when I used it last year.

went from Milan to Turin, Rome to Florence, Florence to Pisa, Pisa to Florence, Florence to Venice, Venice to Bologna, Bologna to Rimini, Rimini to Bologna

all trains were pretty much on time.



It depends on what you're doing, but personally I think 2-3 days for big cities is enough.
Most of the time "wasters" are museums, zoos or shops.
Why visit a museum of natural history in different cities? They mostly have the same exhibits.
Same for most zoos or shops, as they are the same around the world. I do however recommend shopping and drinking in Prague. It's extremely cheap there.



I know this isn't a suggestion of a specific place to go to but try to learn a couple of basic words and phrases in the native languages of the places you visit. When I went to Mexico, I found that speaking Spanish with the locals made their lives slightly easier and showed that some tourists actually wanted to respect the lifestyle and culture of their country. They seemed incredibly happy and grateful that I was even making an attempt to do so. Do this, and you are much more likely to receive help from the locals on certain places to go to.



 

 

Barozi said:
Luke888 said:

In Italy traffic is terrible and trains never arrive in time so good luck getting in and out of the country in one day. Rome has too much to see in one day, you might consider visiting it at a later date and replace it with some Northern Italy locations like Turin, Milan or Venice so that you shorten your trip and get more time to spend visiting more places, you'd also be closer to Switzerland for the next day

I was very satisfied with the Italian train service when I used it last year.

went from Milan to Turin, Rome to Florence, Florence to Pisa, Pisa to Florence, Florence to Venice, Venice to Bologna, Bologna to Rimini, Rimini to Bologna

all trains were pretty much on time.

did you travel with Freccia Rossa or Italo ? Those are the main high speed lines but they are more expensive which isn't the best for a group of friends

 

Smartie900 said:
I know this isn't a suggestion of a specific place to go to but try to learn a couple of basic words and phrases in the native languages of the places you visit. When I went to Mexico, I found that speaking Spanish with the locals made their lives slightly easier and showed that some tourists actually wanted to respect the lifestyle and culture of their country. They seemed incredibly happy and grateful that I was even making an attempt to do so. Do this, and you are much more likely to receive help from the locals on certain places to go to.

Right! I can't speak for other countries (except France :p) but here most people don't speak English, if you need informations try asking to someone young so it's more likely for them to know English, otherwise here's a few of the most usefull (and different) translations:

Toilet - Bagno

Station - Stazione

Water - Acqua

Lost - Perso