Europe for 3 weeks!

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    May 19, 2011 3:38 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I'm heading to Europe a month from today. I'm going to really be there almost a month. My main problem right now is packing - I'm not going to bring much and assume that I can wash things in my room. So, enough to fit in a 21" rolling duffel and an additional backpack - I'll check the duffel and carry on the backpack. I got the ticket over there on miles, so that was pretty key - but I had to shell out to check the bag for my flight from London to Rome.

    Anyway, based on that, and on my destinations, I'd love some ideas. I'll be alone (for the most part) in London and Rome before meeting up with my roommate and his girlfriend in Venice...then she leaves us in Prague. So I'd really like some good places I could hang out solo in London and Rome.

    Here's the itinerary:

    London: 6/19-22, to
    Rome: 22-25, to
    Venice: 25-27, to
    Florence: 27-29, to
    Chianti (we're staying in a castle for a friend's wedding. It's the real basis for the trip): 29-7/2, flight to
    Prague: 7/2-5, to
    Munich: 7/5-9, night train to
    Berlin, 7/10-12

    Thoughts? I forgot to mention that the wedding is making packing especially difficult - have to bring nice wedding and rehearsal clothes too!

    Thanks.
  • setter15

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    May 19, 2011 11:28 AM GMT
    can i fit in your suitcase ;)
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    May 19, 2011 11:48 AM GMT
    do you already have your wedding gear?
    cos (if your budget allows it) u could always find some sweet italian suit while there, and ship it home after the wedding, so you don't have to carry it around with you.
  • janu88

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    May 19, 2011 2:11 PM GMT
    Ahh , Prague my second home icon_smile.gif
    My boyfriend is Czech so we live some what time in Prague and somewhat in Tallinn.

    So if you need any non-touristic places to see in Prague icon_smile.gif
    hit me up with a message i´m glad to tell some good hints ;)
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    May 19, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
    I'm too jealous right now to reply
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    May 19, 2011 2:41 PM GMT
    If I were you, I'd just take the backpack. Schlepping an extra bag around will be a MAJOR pain. I traveled around Europe for six months with just a backpack and I was fine. Of course, you have wedding clothes but, as someone mentioned, those can be bought over there. Or maybe borrowed from someone your size? You're really going to regret carrying clothes you'll only wear once around the rest of Europe with you. Plus, I never check a bag for a flight due to the high probability we won't wind-up in the same place. In terms of packing for travel, especially backpacking, less is more.
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    May 19, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    I'm planning on packing the duffel and collapsing my daypack into it when needed. But, I will need to check it. I know....

    In terms of wedding clothes, I'm planning on bringing a blazer I bought at a thrift store here and tossing it after the wedding icon_smile.gif

    But, if I find a suit, that'd be pretty sweet...
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    May 19, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
    Just curious: Why are you taking a duffel bag instead of a backpack? You're going to get very tired of carrying it around. Just get a big backpack and put your daypack into it.
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    May 19, 2011 7:13 PM GMT
    it's a reasonable question. I'm going to have to check the bag at some point anyway - Ryanair is a bitch when it comes to carry-on weight and size. The duffel bag is a little more spacious, and it has rollers. So, I COULD bring a bigger backpack, but it doesnt really seem to make sense when I'm taking a smaller pack to carry on the plane as well.
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    May 19, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    OK, I got over my jealous snit, for now. Take the rolling duffel as well, you'll probably buy some cool stuff over there, at least I always do. Then there's gifts for family and friends. Good idea to toss the blazer after the wedding. I usually take a bunch of old clothes and underwear and just toss them. Learn a few phrases in the language of any country you are visiting, just to be a polite tourist.
    If your interested in art or history read some stuff about wherever you are going. It will help make sense of what you are seeing and will make the trip a lot more fun.
    Have a great time.
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    May 20, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    Take me with you and I will hold your clothes through the whole trip
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    May 20, 2011 5:02 AM GMT
    extrabutter saidit's a reasonable question. I'm going to have to check the bag at some point anyway - Ryanair is a bitch when it comes to carry-on weight and size. The duffel bag is a little more spacious, and it has rollers. So, I COULD bring a bigger backpack, but it doesnt really seem to make sense when I'm taking a smaller pack to carry on the plane as well.



    Well, the obvious difference between a duffel bag and backpack is that you don't have to carry a backpack. That, in and of itself, is the main reason people covering a lot of ground for a long period of time use backpacks. Even with rollers, it's still something you have to manage as opposed to just strapping it on your back and forgetting about it. I don't know. I've just never seen a young person doing the Europe tour with anything other than a backpack.
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    Jun 14, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    Leaving saturday. Any last-minute pointers?
  • germanguy888

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    Jun 14, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    Munich is amazing! You have to explore the area by Marienplatz and the Deutsches Museum is really cool too its worth a check. The döner are really good pretty much anywhere you go in Munich or Berlin haha (very good drunk food). The nightlife in Berlin is amazing but Munich as far as I know is a lot more quiet at night.

    Hope that helps!
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    Jun 14, 2011 2:32 PM GMT
    adam228 saidTake me with you and I will hold your clothes through the whole trip


    ditto... and i offer a stay-over in sydney... free of charge of course, just to make the holiday worthwhile! LOL