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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #30 on: December 01, 2013, 10:26:25 PM
So, not coming to Amsterdam, then? There's more to see here than drugs  :whistle:
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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #31 on: December 01, 2013, 10:40:03 PM
So, not coming to Amsterdam, then? There's more to see here than drugs  :whistle:

Amsterdam can suffer from being stereotyped with drugs/sex (you decide if that is a + or -  :rofl:) but it is a great place to visit  :salute:
Bruges would also be on my list for a romantic trip  :tu:


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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #32 on: December 02, 2013, 03:05:14 AM
Congrats on your marriage! :cheers:
I don't live in Europe, so I have nothing else to add. :shrug:
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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #33 on: December 02, 2013, 09:55:45 AM
So, not coming to Amsterdam, then? There's more to see here than drugs  :whistle:

Maybe not this time...I pretty much let my wife to decide where she likes to go, and personally, I would rather to go a fewer places each time to explore more in depth to each city.  :think:


Congrats on your marriage! :cheers:
I don't live in Europe, so I have nothing else to add. :shrug:

Thank you!  :cheers:


Btw, how about renting car? 

I am so used to renting from Hertz whenever I visit US, and I am really attached to their good on-car GPS system called Neverlost(big screen, clear and very accurate instruction).  I wonder will I be able to see the same GPS convenience in Europe?  Will some of the cities I am going to visit not as GPS friendly(narrow one-way, high street density with buildings, weather...)?


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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #34 on: December 02, 2013, 11:33:34 AM
In many European towns, mainly the centers, you'll probably have trouble with one-way streets, walking-only area's and narrow streets, mainly in the older cities.


I know that Hertz operates in the Netherlands, at least. And they seem to have GPS systems for rent, too (Hertz NeverLost®).


You can also check out Europcar, which apparently is supposed to be the biggest car-rental company in Europe.
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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #35 on: December 02, 2013, 11:54:00 AM
@ comis, I like your statement  ~

Maybe not this time...I pretty much let my wife to decide where she likes to go, and personally, I would rather to go a fewer places each time to explore more in depth to each city.  :think:

you are either a very wise man or this isn't your first 'marriage' ?  :rofl:


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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #36 on: December 02, 2013, 12:45:38 PM
It is very likely that handheld GPS systems will have a problem working/connecting in many of the older city centres, but there are usually free maps available at the hotels covering the city centres.

My phone GPS does not like small narrow streets and high buildings, so I often have to use a map or try to find some open areas to connect to the satelites.
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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #37 on: December 02, 2013, 12:49:21 PM
Also worth noting if you're driving from country to country is that some of them charge you for use of the highways in different ways. German Autobahn is free (for non-German folks at least ;) ) but you have to buy a Vignette (sticker you have to have on your windshield) in Austria and Hungary. I usually buy them on gas stations as soon as I enter the country but it looks like you can buy a e-version of it. Never tried it though. :shrug:

http://www.tolltickets.co.../vignette.aspx?lang=en-GB
http://www.tolltickets.co.../vignette.aspx?lang=en-GB

Your rental car should probably have one on already but I'd check anyways.


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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #38 on: December 02, 2013, 02:14:59 PM
As far as London goes,I'd really not bother with the car,as its madness getting around by car. Public transport is more efficient than we let on,and,as long as your not traveling in rush hour,not that expensive. Get a London AtoZ map book,and do it on foot,bus,boat or tube!
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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #39 on: December 02, 2013, 07:09:34 PM
In many European towns, mainly the centers, you'll probably have trouble with one-way streets, walking-only area's and narrow streets, mainly in the older cities.


I know that Hertz operates in the Netherlands, at least. And they seem to have GPS systems for rent, too (Hertz NeverLost®).


You can also check out Europcar, which apparently is supposed to be the biggest car-rental company in Europe.

It is very likely that handheld GPS systems will have a problem working/connecting in many of the older city centres, but there are usually free maps available at the hotels covering the city centres.

My phone GPS does not like small narrow streets and high buildings, so I often have to use a map or try to find some open areas to connect to the satelites.

Bmot and DKS,

Thanks for the tips on GPS, I think I will rely on the GPS for in between country drives, and I will learn more about the stickers before I depart.  I too also have trouble using handheld/phone GPS to give good directions, even at home, but I do have faith in the Neverlost on Hertz.  I will also keep an eye out for buying a GPS while I am there...nothing worse than being lost with a poor navigator with a full itinerary next to you.  :whistle:




@ comis, I like your statement  ~

Maybe not this time...I pretty much let my wife to decide where she likes to go, and personally, I would rather to go a fewer places each time to explore more in depth to each city.  :think:

you are either a very wise man or this isn't your first 'marriage' ?  :rofl:

I am a first timer for marriage, but I have been around and heard enough stories to know better.   Sun Tze's "Art of War" Chapter 3 "Stragtagem", To conquer without battle is highest form of stragtagem.  :cheers:




Also worth noting if you're driving from country to country is that some of them charge you for use of the highways in different ways. German Autobahn is free (for non-German folks at least ;) ) but you have to buy a Vignette (sticker you have to have on your windshield) in Austria and Hungary. I usually buy them on gas stations as soon as I enter the country but it looks like you can buy a e-version of it. Never tried it though. :shrug:

http://www.tolltickets.co.../vignette.aspx?lang=en-GB
http://www.tolltickets.co.../vignette.aspx?lang=en-GB

Your rental car should probably have one on already but I'd check anyways.

That's good advice, I will check em' out and also ask the rental car office before leaving.  To be sure, I even wish to get a Garmin GPS before leaving the Frankfurt airport, hopefully I could find it and don't break my piggy bank.




As far as London goes,I'd really not bother with the car,as its madness getting around by car. Public transport is more efficient than we let on,and,as long as your not traveling in rush hour,not that expensive. Get a London AtoZ map book,and do it on foot,bus,boat or tube!

Kirk,

It looks pretty intense, looks like they make a million maps for London alone. :o :D
http://www.az.co.uk/?nid=354


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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #40 on: December 03, 2013, 09:20:18 AM
I'd go for this one
http://www.az.co.uk/?nid=31&iid=9948

Or

http://www.az.co.uk/?nid=31&iid=10004

The second one is basically what the locals use :D
« Last Edit: December 03, 2013, 09:22:57 AM by kirk13 »
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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #41 on: December 03, 2013, 10:03:56 AM
Congratulations  :cheers:

Oh and I'm with Kirky on this, don't drive in London, ever! Although people complain about public transport (face it we complain about everything!) it is by far the best way of getting around London.

The free maps are good for tourist destinations, but the AtoZ's are brilliant for anywhere else.

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Re: Seeking advice for travelling to Europe
Reply #42 on: December 19, 2013, 10:54:05 AM
I can't tell you much about the other cities, but you really should visit the Deutsches Museum in Munich if you are the least bit interessted in machines and engineering.
Also worth a visit are the Pinakotheken, either the Old Pinakothek with classical paintings or the Pinakothek der Moderne for contemporary art. I added some links for you:

http://www.deutsches-museum.de/index.php?id=1&L=1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alte_Pinakothek
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinakothek_der_Moderne

And congratulations on getting married!  :cheers:


 

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