I've never been to Germany, but it's the next place
aside from Ireland that I'd like to visit. Germany
for the my fascination with the Second World War, and
Ireland for my ancestry and the fact I wasn't able to
fit it in during my UK trip the last time (Just
England and Scotland).
Having been to England, Scotland, Southern France, and
Sourthern Spain, I can say there's a lot of history
everywhere there -- just depends on what history you'd
like. I like Roman History the most, (no surprise for
anyone that knows the history of Merida Spain, :>) so
of the places I've been I would suggest: Lyons France
(great reconstruction/excavation of an ampitheatre),
Bath England (Roman Baths giving the city it's name
amoung other reasons). Never been to Italy, but it
would be a stop for obvious reasons. For Celtic
history, I would suggest the Bath, Glastonbury
Salisbury area of England.
If you don't get any advice for local places to visit
in Germany, I highly recommend dropping into Chapters
(or associated store) and pick up the Lonely Planet
Guide for Germany. There are a lot of Travel Guide
books, but the Lonely Planet guide is the best I've
seen. Has write-ups on the major and not so major
cities with maps showing train stations, post offices,
some hotels, and the must-see historical sites for the
given city. Write-ups on the historical place
included. Also has suggestions on food/restaurants,
information on local customs, etc. Very much a
earthly Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I've used
them to plan all my trips overseas, both vacation and
If you're working with a travel agent, they can
probably help you with the cheap flight. Our Sales
Rep in England was able to secure a flight from
England to the south of Spain for about 50 to 100
British pounds. (About $100 to $200). It wasn't on
one of the big airlines, it was a smaller one like
Westjet. I understand there to be several of these
cheap flights to the vacation spots in Europe from
each of the major airports.
Oh yes! If you're there for a week and want to travel
from city to city fairly frequently: buy a Railpass!
Available for England and Continental Europe. Was
around $400 or $500 about 5 years ago, but it allows
you to get on any train in the respective areas of the
pass. No need to buy a ticket, etc. When I travelled
the UK with my sister it was the perfect thing and we
more than got our money's worth. If you're picking a
specific area and sticking to it, check out the cost
for bus tickets, etc. and it might be better not to
buy the pass. (To check the prices you could get them
from a travel agent, or just thumb through the Lonely
Planet guide for the country over a Starbucks coffee
with pen and paper.)
Hope my ramblings are useful and/or entertaining,
Mateo de Merida
--- Kathleen Gormanshaw <kgormanshaw@...
> I'm looking for travel advice:
> Hoskuld has to be in Germany by Sunday July 1, to be
> picked up at one of
> 3 airports one of which is Frankfurt, then returning
> to Canada July 7.
> (No, we won't be at Trilliums.)
> His company pays the plane fair to get him to
> Germany. He also opened
> up the possibility of stopping somewhere ELSE along
> the way. So we
> could end up almost anywhere in Europe from June 28
> to July 1, so long
> as he can get a cheap flight from there to Germany
> and I can catch a
> return flight to Canada.
> That leaves me with more options than I know where
> to start
> investigating. A visit to Sweden, where my persona
> is from, would be
> wonderful. Checking out any place with a strong
> sense of history, of
> "these things have been here for hundreds of years"
> would be good.
> And if he ever figures out exactly WHERE in Germany
> he's going to be for
> that week, some close-by suggestions will be
> requested :-)
> Where would you go, and why, given these options?
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