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Guizmo

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European Mustaches - what do you recommend?
« on: February 01, 2015, 05:57:20 PM »
I am 25 and I'm going to Europe this summer. I got a ticket to Portugal arriving mid-January and leaving Venice mid-July. I got it for 80 bucks and 60,000 miles. Other than that, I don't know what I'm doing. What do y'all recommend?

I'm especially looking forward to some European mustachians sharing. I speak Spanish well and my Portuguese is okay. I can't speak Italian or any other language.

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Re: European Mustaches - what do you recommend?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2015, 02:30:50 AM »
I am 25 and I'm going to Europe this summer. I got a ticket to Portugal arriving mid-January and leaving Venice mid-July.


Just checking do you really mean mid-January? Because it's already February?

I'm not from Europe, but I lived in the UK for 3 years and traveled a lot in Europe. I had no problems with English, but I did go to the more touristy places. When I went to the more obscure places, simple English and sign language pretty much got me everywhere. Spanish and Portuguese would be useful in Spain and Portugal but probably not really anywhere else in Europe. You'll be fine with English.

There's really tons to see and do in Europe, especially since you're going there for a few months. Any idea of your budget or where you want to go? Western Europe has a lot of the big famous cities with tons to see (Paris, Venice, etc etc) and can be quite touristy, while Eastern Europe has a lot of charming little cities and has the bonus of being cheaper.

For the basics, you can travel around with trains (get the Eurail pass if you think it's worth it for you) or budget airlines (Ryanair, Easyjet). Trains are usually more convenient since the train stations are usually near the city centers, but depends on where you're going. Local public transport in most cities are really good (depends on where you end up going). For accommodations, try hostels or couchsurfing, where you'll meet other young travelers or stay with local folks.

If you like ancient history, go to Rome and Athens. If you like art, go to Paris and Florence. If you like architecture, you'll can check out Gaudi's work in Barcelona. The architecture in the south of Spain is also beautiful, esp. Seville and Granada (which has the Alhambra).If you like museums, Berlin has Museum Island. If you like music, go to Vienna. Want to learn about a piece of modern history, go to Auschwitz. Want to visit beautiful quaint cities, go to eastern europe; to name a few, Prague in Czech Republic, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Budapest in Hungary, and Sarajevo in Bosnia are really beautiful. If you just want to bum around on the beach, there's the south of France, Croatia, and all the islands in Greece.

Let us know what you're interested in (and how long you're going to be there) and we can toss out more relevant suggestions :) I haven't been to Europe for a long time now, and I'm excited about the trip for you!

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Re: European Mustaches - what do you recommend?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2015, 05:26:09 PM »
Thanks Acorn, to clarify I will leave mid-JUNE! So only like 3 weeks of Europe.

I am going to focus on Portugal, Spain and Italy. I have friends in Venice. I am not into shopping or anything like that. I like to try new food, see historical sites and spend time at the beach. With that said, what are the must see sites in those 3 countries. Also what do you recommend for traveling within the country?Buses, trains?

I have spent time in several 3rd world countries, but never really another developed country so I don't know what to expect.

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Re: European Mustaches - what do you recommend?
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2015, 05:34:19 PM »
I am 25 and I'm going to Europe this summer. I got a ticket to Portugal arriving mid-January and leaving Venice mid-July. I got it for 80 bucks and 60,000 miles. Other than that, I don't know what I'm doing. What do y'all recommend?

I'm especially looking forward to some European mustachians sharing. I speak Spanish well and my Portuguese is okay. I can't speak Italian or any other language.

I'm mildly disappointed that his is not a thread about facial hair fashion in Europe.

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Re: European Mustaches - what do you recommend?
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2015, 09:20:40 PM »
I am going to focus on Portugal, Spain and Italy. I have friends in Venice. I am not into shopping or anything like that. I like to try new food, see historical sites and spend time at the beach. With that said, what are the must see sites in those 3 countries. Also what do you recommend for traveling within the country?Buses, trains?

For Portugal, I've only been to Lisbon. Definitely go to the Alfama quarter which has the old historic houses, cobblestone alleys, etc. Try to get a walking tour if you can, some tours are free. Also Jeronimos monastery (Unesco) and Belem Tower. Lisbon is very walkable, otherwise you can rent a bike and cycle around. I didn't have time to go, but you can also take a day trip to Sintra which is another Unesco world heritage site with fantastic 19th century architecture. Outside of Lisbon, I've heard that Porto is growing as a new tourism destination, maybe you can check it out. For Portuguese food, egg tarts! and any of the cod (bacalhau) dishes. ašorda de bacalhau remains one of my favorite dishes till today.

For Spain, the train system there is structured like a wheel with Madrid in the middle and everything else along the spokes. In other words,  no matter where you want to go, you almost always need to go back through Madrid which was really inconvenient. Just plan your travels around Madrid. South of Spain has really unique Islamic architecture that you won't find elsewhere in Europe. Definitely go see Alhambra in Granada, the Mezquita in Cordoba, and Seville (Seville cathedral, Plaza de Espana, Alcazar). Barcelona is good for Gaudi's architecture, go to Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. Las Ramblas is nice to walk around in. El Escorial is a nice day trip from Madrid. Eat all the paella you can, it's frigging awesome there. Gazpacho too, if you like it.

Spend at least 3-4 days in Rome, tons to see there, Colosseum (seeing it from the outside is fine, the tour's not worth it imo), Trevi fountain, spanish steps, pantheon, roman forum. If you're in Rome, go to Gelateria Fassi, the best gelato in town, been open since 1880 (that's not a typo). Also take a day trip to the Vatican City, you can walk there from Rome. Sistine Chapel, St Peter's Basilica. If you don't make it to Pompeii in Naples, you can also take a day trip to Ostia Antica from Rome. Florence, go to the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Michelangelo. Since you have friends in Venice, I'll leave Venice to them :) Italian food is good, beyond pasta and woodfired pizza, there's gelato, tiramisu, fancy coffees, etc. Italy is very tourist-friendly, English will get you everywhere. Although be careful of petty theft in the big cities, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome are infamous for it

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Re: European Mustaches - what do you recommend?
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2015, 11:29:17 PM »
Spain:  Barcelona - You can drink a lot of sangrias in a relaxing atmosphere, then stroll the beaches or city without paying for transportation.  There is also nice architecture, great food (walk a few blocks into the residential areas and you'll pay half what the tourists are paying), women, etc.

Italy:  Travel from the Venice train station to less known towns such as Sirmione or Desenzano for less than 10 euros and 45 minutes of your time.  Those places have great cafes on cobblestone walkways and have a beautiful view of the alps (especially after a rain when the sky is less hazy from pollution).  Other great places to go near Venice are the dolomities, and if you want to travel further go to Lake Como, Cinque Terre, or the popular cities such as Florence and Rome.  If you have a vehicle, than a few hour trip over to the Croatian islands will be awesome if you like the beach.  The water on that side is much clearer, and the islands are beautiful near Rijeka and further south. 

Elsewhere:  If you want to exit Italy, then travel to Milano on the train from Venice then get a connection to Interlaken, Switzerland.  The swiss alps in that area are one of my favorite places in the world (specifically Lauterbrunnen).  That train trip might set you back about 50 euro or so, but you can spend the night in Interlaken at awesome hostels for cheap.  Another place to go from Venice via boat (or Bergamo if you fly) would be Corfu, Greece.  It's a beautiful island with friendly people and crystal clear water.  I rented a scooter there for cheap and travelled the entire island for weeks, and it was one of my favorite "relaxing" vacations.

I hope this helped!  I'm a 28 year old American who lived in Europe for many years, and have travelled to 45 countries... so hopefully you can at least find one recommendation useful!  Enjoy your vacation, and message me if you need any info/help.
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