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Allena  (Level: 253.6 - Posts: 1388)
Mon, 16th Feb '09 12:56 PM


Sploofus has a Travel Group with interesting messages. Few seem to use this excellent opportunity. I have planned a trip in April to Paris, Provence, the Amalfi coast and Rome and the Vatican. I would love suggestions and the opportunity to meet anyone who is overlapping. My hotels and dates are posted on the Travel Group messages. Of course I will buy a drink for anyone who shows up, except Surreyman for whom I will buy drinks and dinner in return for all of his excellent suggestions.

1mks  (Level: 208.0 - Posts: 5864)
Mon, 16th Feb '09 12:57 PM

Do you need anyone to carry your bags?????

1mks  (Level: 208.0 - Posts: 5864)
Mon, 16th Feb '09 1:08 PM

If you have never gone to the Borghese Gallery in Rome....please make plans to go. You can even purchase your tickets on line before you go. There is a sculpture there by Gian Lorenzo Bernini of Apollo and Daphne. It is honestly, hands down the most incredible sculpture that I have ever seen in my life. It is stunning. I can't even begin to describe the beauty of it. I am not a big fan of statuary normally but this will take your breath away. A picture does not do it justice.

Achad  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 661)
Mon, 16th Feb '09 2:06 PM

Hi Jim,

I see we are almost neck & neck in the all time table!

For a dining experience in Paris I recommend Chartiers Restaurant, 7 Rue du Faubourg, Montmartre. I first went back in the 70's and it hadn't changed when I last visited in the 90's. There are a number of online posts about it and Youtube videos.

I've always had a good time at Le Procope, 13 Rue de l'Ancienne Comédie. The list of clientele reads like a Who’s Who of French literature and history. Voltaire, Robespierre, Balzac, Verlaine, Hugo, Napoleon, George Sand, Oscar Wilde have all dined in there.
Again there are a number of online posts. Upstairs at the front by one of the balconies is a good spot.

Have you (or anyone else) been to Wroclaw in Poland? We've just booked to go there in April.

Hope you have a grand trip!


Allena  (Level: 253.6 - Posts: 1388)
Mon, 16th Feb '09 10:30 PM

Andy, You are in luck in Wroclaw. Warsaw has little and Krakow is getting very expensive. You should find your fav spot in the Market Square and learn from the natives. I think most people have English and will love to have you tell them about the Beatles (Liverpool and all of that). Krakow is within range and the salt mine is a worthy day trip. Eat with locals ... look for the Jewish quarter and try local food.

Thanks for the tips. I will copy and follow in Paris. You sound very knowledgible.

Surreyman  (Level: 257.1 - Posts: 2766)
Tue, 17th Feb '09 3:00 AM

"Of course I will buy a drink for anyone who shows up, except Surreyman."
Did I read that right?

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Tue, 17th Feb '09 4:44 AM

I'm quite jealous. We had been planning a trip to Egypt in September, but between the wars and the economy I turned chicken.

Best gelato in Rome - up at the top of the Spanish Steps and turn left. On your left side. Have a nochiola for me, please.

Allena  (Level: 253.6 - Posts: 1388)
Tue, 17th Feb '09 4:08 PM

Thank you Bigbird ... I love the tea room at the bottom of the Spanish Steps and galato sounds like a great way to finish it off. Also, to ye with the Welsh reading glasses, "except Surreyman for whom I will buy drinks and dinner in return for all of his excellent suggestions." Of course, this will include Ardbeg and his wife's bill.

Dutchman  (Level: 231.3 - Posts: 36)
Tue, 17th Feb '09 6:52 PM

We were there 3 year ago and Rick Steves' book was dead on -- hotels, sights, gelato, museums, beating lines, inexpensive but incredible food, etc. We planned the entire trip with the book's advice and it was the best vacation of our lives. So far. You will love it regardless.

Allena  (Level: 253.6 - Posts: 1388)
Thu, 26th Feb '09 12:58 PM

We have been traveling with Rick's books for a long time. Once we were experiencing the Fjords in the rain, inside (any fool can see the Fjords in sunny weather, just look on the internet ... You have to come to Norway to see them in the rain) and we looked up from our table. Almost everyone on the ship was busy scanning Rick's book for alternatives.

We will be taking his walks in Rome, the Vatican, and of course his drive in northern Provence. We are stuck on how to get the most out of the Almafi coast without getting caught up in crowds.

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