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Kunkles
November 13th, 2009, 03:24 AM
Hey, I've come across a rather large amount of money out of an inheritance ( my grandmother whom I hardly know in Israel left me $10,000 ). So I've decided I might want to spend my entire summer in a European country, or multiple European countries.

I've thought about maybe going to Switzerland or France, as I speak a fair bit of French :X

Suggestions?

chris200x9
November 13th, 2009, 03:25 AM
Japan

Kunkles
November 13th, 2009, 03:33 AM
JapanWow, you're clever.

kostkon
November 13th, 2009, 03:34 AM
The Med ones?

chris200x9
November 13th, 2009, 03:39 AM
Wow, you're clever.

don't use your sarcasm on my obvious troll post! By the way go to Poland it's cheap (not on the euro) and really cool.

Frak
November 13th, 2009, 03:44 AM
Germany.

It's the best mix of strict but free government I've seen. Go look at all the War memorials and whatnot. Incredibly interesting country.

EDIT
Switzerland is also a very nice country to visit. I recommend it entirely.

Kunkles
November 13th, 2009, 03:50 AM
Poland and Germany would be really interesting to visit, especially because it has relevance relating to my Jewish ancestry.

Thanks both, looks like its going to be the ultimate European vacation in France, Switzerland, Poland, and Germany for two weeks in each.

Sealbhach
November 13th, 2009, 03:54 AM
Italy, for the history, for the beautiful cities, the beautiful landscapes, the amusing and warm Italian people... and the sunshine.

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alphaniner
November 13th, 2009, 04:26 AM
Everybody goes to Italy, France, Germany... bleh.

I say Poland. Or Romania, unless you're a gypsy. Romanians seem to have a serious problem with gypsies. Or so the one Romainian guy I know told me.

Странник
November 13th, 2009, 07:05 AM
Depends on what you refer. If you want big cities and such then go to Germany,UK, The Netherlands and etc.
Otherwise go visit the Balkans, there are places there that are like stuck in time

ynnhoj
November 13th, 2009, 07:37 AM
go to Belgium, drink many delicious beers (skip the Stella unless you like bland ;))

ZankerH
November 13th, 2009, 08:04 AM
Germany. Come to us, or we'll come to you. ;)

JBAlaska
November 13th, 2009, 08:08 AM
Germany. Come to us, or we'll come to you. ;)

LOL!

Check out Lesvos in the Aegean. You can kick back in the sun and PARTAY..till the $10,000 runs out.

Странник
November 13th, 2009, 08:14 AM
Do you mean Lesbos ?

carniola
November 13th, 2009, 08:21 AM
If you're going to go through a lot of countries, definitely look into getting a Eurorail pass (http://www.eurail.com/). It's great if you're not the planning type or aren't sure what you want to see. You can just pick up and go when you feel like it.

Have a great trip!

JBAlaska
November 13th, 2009, 08:31 AM
Do you mean Lesbos ?

Greek: Λέσβος,Lesvos=Lesbos same same. If you say it right you get more local p..erm..free drinks.

kostkon
November 13th, 2009, 08:35 AM
look into getting a Eurorail pass (http://www.eurail.com/)
Nice!

JBAlaska
November 13th, 2009, 08:51 AM
Eurorail pass.hmmm I just inherited 10grand, should I shlub around Europe in a bloody train looking at churches, runes and stuff..or rent a boat and drink opiated ouzo with a few select non-dedicated lesbians...yup tough choice LOL

earthpigg
November 13th, 2009, 09:20 AM
ill do more than suggest countries, ill plan your plane/train/ferry route entirely :D

plane to Krakow. be sure to visit Auschwitz - and do NOT take the guided tour or audio tour. get the pamphlet, go alone, read, walk, and bring tissues.

train to Warsaw. enjoy downtown and nightlife. drink Zywiec (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%BBywiec_Brewery), pronounced zi-vie-its... but the 'z' part really doesn't exist in english. be sure to visit the Warsaw Rising Museum.

train to Malbork (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malbork_Castle) (Marienburg in German). a 1,000 year old castle that was taken in battle for the very first time in ww2.

train to Gdansk (Danzig in German). visit the shipyard, where the Cold War was won.

while there, hop on the booze cruise to Helsinki, Finland. party in Linus' old stomping grounds. Ask the locals about conscription. Suggested: find a female who volunteered for service and ask her about her experience. Suggested: find an old man, and ask him about Winland in WW2 (http://images.google.com/images?q=finland+be+afraid).

booze cruise to Stockholm, Sweden. or, take the train up around the arctic circle to stockholm, visiting Santa's Village (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus_Village) along the way. whichever you feel like. by now you should be running short of cash. buy a plane ticket home, and party with whatever you have left.

By now, you should probably dislike both Germany and Russia's historic imperial goals. Part of the fun.

questions? :D

(I've been stationed in both Poland and Finland, and have seen all of the above except Sweden.)

Hallvor
November 13th, 2009, 10:03 AM
Hey, I've come across a rather large amount of money out of an inheritance ( my grandmother whom I hardly know in Israel left me $10,000 ). So I've decided I might want to spend my entire summer in a European country, or multiple European countries.

I've thought about maybe going to Switzerland or France, as I speak a fair bit of French :X

Suggestions?

Why not buy an interrail ticket, so you can travel all across Europe for a month. I did it 10 years ago. Since then I have had small children, but in a couple of years I`ll do it again. In three weeks I visited Denmark, Germany, the Czech republic, Austria, Italy, Monaco, France, Spain and Luxembourg. If you see a place you like, get off the train and spend a day or two. The freedom is amazing and you`ll have an experience for life.

http://www.interrail.net/

jauntybluefish
November 13th, 2009, 10:09 AM
I moved from the UK to Portugal 3 tears ago and am having a really wonderful life.
We are not rich and live frugally on the local wages, but the way of life is amazing.

I would heartily recommend a stay in the Silver Coast of Portugal.
It is the real Portugal and there are no inflated prices here because the people are not so affluent.


I run a Bed & Breakfast business here and have many contacts, so if you want info please let me know.
You can pm me or email if you want.

Cheers
Andy

XubuRoxMySox
November 13th, 2009, 11:59 AM
I think it depends on what you want to do in Europe. I'm a history and theology buff, so I think I would take a "Reformation tour" of Europe, from Wittenburg (where Dr. Luther first proposed debate on some of the church's practices) to Geneva (Calvin's great experiment), Westminster, all the cool historic places where such monumental, world-changing events took place.

Or the "military history tour", as Earthpigg suggested, which would take alot longer and the full one would include many more countries. No way to see it all.

Then there's the architechture tour, the music tour, the performing arts tour (dance!!!), the "Roman empire" tour, omygosh. But you get my meaning. Decide what you want to see, according to what you love and are passionate about, and customize your tour to fit that bill. I'm told that there are plenty of places to party anywhere you go in Europe along any tour. Even Dr. Martin Luther and his associates used to debate theology in the local pub over a keg or two of beer. How cool is that! :D

I'm so jealous. Have an awesome tour!

-Robin

carniola
November 13th, 2009, 12:18 PM
Well, I wouldn't call European trains "schlubby." Traveling with them can be quite nice, imho. Also, spending a lot of time on a small Greek island can be dangerous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magus_%28novel%29) to your mental health. ;)

One serious word of warning, though: it will be very easy to overspend during a Grand Tour, especially if you want to do it in style. Keep in mind that you'll have about 6,500 and that it's easy to burn through an amount like that in places like France and Switzerland.

Kunkles
November 13th, 2009, 12:36 PM
ill do more than suggest countries, ill plan your plane/train/ferry route entirely :D

plane to Krakow. be sure to visit Auschwitz - and do NOT take the guided tour or audio tour. get the pamphlet, go alone, read, walk, and bring tissues.

train to Warsaw. enjoy downtown and nightlife. drink Zywiec (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%BBywiec_Brewery), pronounced zi-vie-its... but the 'z' part really doesn't exist in english. be sure to visit the Warsaw Rising Museum.

train to Malbork (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malbork_Castle) (Marienburg in German). a 1,000 year old castle that was taken in battle for the very first time in ww2.

train to Gdansk (Danzig in German). visit the shipyard, where the Cold War was won.

while there, hop on the booze cruise to Helsinki, Finland. party in Linus' old stomping grounds. Ask the locals about conscription. Suggested: find a female who volunteered for service and ask her about her experience. Suggested: find an old man, and ask him about Winland in WW2 (http://images.google.com/images?q=finland+be+afraid).

booze cruise to Stockholm, Sweden. or, take the train up around the arctic circle to stockholm, visiting Santa's Village (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus_Village) along the way. whichever you feel like. by now you should be running short of cash. buy a plane ticket home, and party with whatever you have left.

By now, you should probably dislike both Germany and Russia's historic imperial goals. Part of the fun.

questions? :D
I'm actually considering this :3

Well, I wouldn't call European trains "schlubby." Traveling with them can be quite nice, imho. Also, spending a lot of time on a small Greek island can be dangerous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magus_%28novel%29) to your mental health. ;)

One serious word of warning, though: it will be very easy to overspend during a Grand Tour, especially if you want to do it in style. Keep in mind that you'll have about €6,500 and that it's easy to burn through an amount like that in places like France and Switzerland.I can imagine, my one day in Paris a few years back cost me about €240 D:
It's simply amazing how fast money goes in Europe.
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Thanks for all the suggestions...so many countries and cultures to choose from XD

Somme
November 13th, 2009, 01:17 PM
For $10k you can spend your summer in almost all EU countries :D

TheNessus
November 13th, 2009, 01:22 PM
The Balkans: slovania, serbia, croatia... they're not war zones these days, they're both midetteranian and classic-east-europe as well - and cheap. Better go for it before winter time though.

chucky chuckaluck
November 13th, 2009, 02:40 PM
i'd go with switzerland if you speak french. i think my dad enjoyed france and germany more than my mom as he speaks both french and german. i speak party, so i'd probably pick the netherlands.

tuwe
November 13th, 2009, 02:50 PM
One remark, as I've seen it a few times in this thread: Switzerland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland) has four offical languages (German, French, Italian, Romansh), not only French. Furthermore, it is not a member of the EU.

Nine years ago, I was one of the drivers for an indie band from the US who were touring Europe. We went to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, England, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Lots of fun and it cost me about 200 DM (~100). We never really got to see the countries, though.

quinnten83
November 13th, 2009, 02:54 PM
Italy, for the history, for the beautiful cities, the beautiful landscapes, the amusing and warm Italian people... and the sunshine.

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Not the mention the most awesome pizza in the world.

quinnten83
November 13th, 2009, 02:58 PM
Eurorail pass.hmmm I just inherited 10grand, should I shlub around Europe in a bloody train looking at churches, runes and stuff..or rent a boat and drink opiated ouzo with a few select non-dedicated lesbians...yup tough choice LOL

10 grand is pocket change since the .

quinnten83
November 13th, 2009, 03:13 PM
Come to the Netherlands, we can legally smoke weed and Amsterdam has the largest collection of H**kers this side of the bad European weather...

Kunkles
November 13th, 2009, 09:28 PM
One remark, as I've seen it a few times in this thread: Switzerland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland) has four offical languages (German, French, Italian, Romansh), not only French. Furthermore, it is not a member of the EU.
I'd only stay in the Geneva area, as I don't speak one bit of German or Italian.
Doesn't really matter in my case, as Switzerland has open borders with the EU. ;3

earthpigg
November 13th, 2009, 09:39 PM
I'm actually considering this :3


yay!

if you see malbork/marienburg, be prepared to be mildly angered my teenageers... doing what teenagers do... in/around the ruins.

graffiti? really? grrrrrr @ teenagers

The Toxic Mite
November 13th, 2009, 09:40 PM
United Kingdom, but the weather ain't nice where I stay - try Essex or something :P

Kunkles
November 13th, 2009, 09:55 PM
United Kingdom, but the weather ain't nice where I stay - try Essex or something :PI love colder/rainy weather, so Ireland/England would be perfect for me :X

toupeiro
November 13th, 2009, 09:57 PM
Scotland.

earthpigg
November 13th, 2009, 09:58 PM
Oh ya, I forgot to mention: Go to Hell!

Well, not Hell, but Hel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel_Peninsula).

Some cool ww2 stuff (sunbathing with beer and a good book on top of a ww2 bunker ftw), and it will fulfill the obligatory hanging out on the beach aspect that most folks like as part of their vacation.

gnomeuser
November 13th, 2009, 10:01 PM
If you come to Denmark I would be happy to show you around my town. Outside of that I have been to Scotland twice and it is absolutely beautiful in the summer, wholeheartedly recommended.

Kunkles
November 13th, 2009, 10:04 PM
So many great places to choose from, I hope another family members dies XD

The Toxic Mite
November 13th, 2009, 10:14 PM
So many great places to choose from, I hope another family members dies XD

Insensitive wish is insensitive...

Kunkles
November 13th, 2009, 10:20 PM
Insensitive wish is insensitive... I'll contemplate a comeback while sipping some jus d'orange in a Swiss Cafe ;3

SunnyRabbiera
November 13th, 2009, 10:43 PM
I say Germany, my husbands been there he says its lovely.
England can be fun too

Frak
November 13th, 2009, 11:11 PM
I say you should look at Turkey sometime. It's a pretty nice country IMO. Go to the Bosporus river and go "ooooooooo".

the8thstar
November 13th, 2009, 11:43 PM
Come and visit Northern France. It's the most beautiful spot in the world. ;)

Kunkles
November 13th, 2009, 11:56 PM
Come and visit Northern France. It's the most beautiful spot in the world. ;)C'est vrai, non? :)

the8thstar
November 15th, 2009, 12:34 AM
Si je le dis c'est que c'est vrai ! ;)

Hallvor
November 15th, 2009, 08:34 PM
Oh ya, I forgot to mention: Go to Hell!

Well, not Hell, but Hel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel_Peninsula).


There is actually a place called Hell in Norway - and they have a Hotel.

http://www.rica.no/Hoteller/Rica-Hell-Hotel/