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When people would tell me to go to my "happy place" I didn't know where that was till now!! It's here! A day doesn't go by without me checking in to read all the comments(esp. Ed's) and tips! We leave for a 10 day trip to Europe in Sept. and I am using so much from this site. Thank you!!

Posted by Andrea
Sacramento, CA
4871 posts

Welcome to the Helpline Chriss! There are a lot worse places to spend your time. Where are you going?

Posted by Chriss
carlisle, pa., usa
4 posts

I'm kind of embarrased to say we are doing an"active tour of 5 countries in 10 days. I did a teacher exchange a few years ago to England and dreamed of going back with my husband. I am retire now but he's younger(yeah!) and can only be gone for 10-12 days. We will see,not "experience", England, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and France. Next trip will be a RS one!!

Posted by Terry kathryn
Ann Arbor, Mi
2608 posts

Don't ever be embarrassed to say you are going to Europe!:) A few of my whirlwind trips have been my favorites. If you are so lucky as to return, then you will know where you might want to spend more time. Have a wonderful trip.

Posted by Susan
Sausalito, California
3205 posts

Happy Vacation Chriss! Would love to read your trip report when you get back... :)

Posted by Cynthia
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
1202 posts

First time I went to Europe (forty years ago on an Ohio teachers' tour with my mother), we visited 10 countries in 30 days. It was very enjoyable - gave me lots of insights into which countries I wanted to see more of later. Organized tours have their place...

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7976 posts

Spain, France, England, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Austria. Thirty days with mom and dad. Since then I've taught myownself to pick up the pace a bit.

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7976 posts

Forgot the little ones: Lux, Monaco, San Remo, Andorra, Vatican.

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
2501 posts

@ed, San Remo isn't a country, did you mean San Marino?

Posted by Ed
Pensacola
7976 posts

Yeah, the one in the top middle. Late night brain shutdown. Also not Luxembourg, but the one with Brussels in it.

Posted by Maryam
Washington, DC
562 posts

If someone else is doing the transporting (I'm assuming you are on a tour), then the multiple countries in short amounts of time isn't so taxing. Think of it as an introduction to future DIY (perhaps) and more in-dept visits. Have fun!

Posted by Chriss
carlisle, pa., usa
4 posts

Thanks for all the positive comments! Yes, it is a planned tour but I know enough not to buy into "optional excursions". I was able to get our txs for Buckingham Palace, Tower of London and Hampton Court on line. The web site for the Tower and Hampton Court was the easiest one I've ever encountered! The txs came within a week! Everyone I tell we are leaving Sept. 11th go ahhhhhh! but I figure it's the safest day to travel or the longest to stand in TSA's lines!