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Old March 21st, 2010, 12:29 PM   #7601
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Old March 21st, 2010, 12:35 PM   #7602
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Another question to the Dutch forumers - is there a reason to go to Rotterdam for a tourist with relatively limited time?

Is it possible to get good views of the port, and if yes, is it worth it?

Currently, I am planning to visit The Hague and Amsterdam, and then head down to Germany.
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Old March 21st, 2010, 01:25 PM   #7603
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I don't know what "limited time" is for you exactly, but if you want to see the port of Rotterdam (which is VERY impressive), you may be interested in the Spido cruise.

http://www.spido.nl/default-site.asp...&MenuID=9&ID=9

There are two cruise options, a 75 minute tour that takes the inner harbor, and a 2 hour and 15 minute tour that takes you to the gigantic outer harbor, where the largest ships and refineries are visible. However, the extended tour is only during the summer. You also have an awesome view on the Rotterdam skyline.

The extended tour is only € 15.50
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Old March 21st, 2010, 02:08 PM   #7604
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Oh thanks, that looks like a nice possibility. Unfortunately I'll be there in May so no extended tour, but the other one also looks good.

Well, to be honest I'm not sure myself yet what I mean by "limited time". In around 2 weeks, when I'm finally done with all of my university assignments and the most stressful exams, I will probably ask the people on this forum for some suggestions for my trip, since there are a lot of Europeans here.

I basically have 3 weeks to visit Paris (that's where the flight arrives/departs), London (these are "musts") and a few other places. I still have to plan some stuff with my friends, but my plan right now is to do a little "lap" starting from Paris, visiting Brussels, some cities in NL, and some cities in Germany in the process.

It's my first time in Europe (aside from technically being born there, but that doesn't really count ).
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Old March 21st, 2010, 03:07 PM   #7605
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I think May is the best time to visiting European cities and to travel across a countries. It`s not so hot weather here, but also not cold. I was in London last summer (in June) and it was horrible, aboute 35°C. Good choice.

Btw, where exactly you was born?

PS: Last may I was just in Budapest for 2 days, it was the best time for sightseeing as I said. Sometimes you have to wear jacket, but always t-shirt is OK.
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Old March 21st, 2010, 04:02 PM   #7606
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You can get a beer in Enschede if you like, TheCat
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Old March 21st, 2010, 11:13 PM   #7607
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I feel bad for the French road enthusiasts. The SARA forum (Sites Amoureux des Routes & Autoroutes) lost over 4 months of data because of a forum crash.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 01:23 AM   #7608
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I think May is the best time to visiting European cities and to travel across a countries. It`s not so hot weather here, but also not cold. I was in London last summer (in June) and it was horrible, aboute 35°C. Good choice.

Btw, where exactly you was born?

PS: Last may I was just in Budapest for 2 days, it was the best time for sightseeing as I said. Sometimes you have to wear jacket, but always t-shirt is OK.
Thanks for the tips I just have bad memories about the weather in Toronto last summer. We had 2°C in the beginning of June.

I was actually born in St. Petersburg (Russia), although my family is originally from Belarus (it was all USSR at the time). But I grew up in Israel and Canada.

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Heh, that might be possible on the way to Germany
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 08:50 AM   #7609
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Hey I'm drinking a coors light. IT'S ILLEGAL.

But cmon guys, we have to celebrate that the health care reform passed. Love u Obammers.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 11:04 AM   #7610
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Hey I'm drinking a coors light. IT'S ILLEGAL.
You've been doing a little bootlegging there, right?
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 04:28 PM   #7611
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Thanks for the tips I just have bad memories about the weather in Toronto last summer. We had 2°C in the beginning of June.
In May is temperature always good. Btw, now is 14/19 °C in Slovakia.

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Part of my family were Jews. So I am slightly also from Israel.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 07:33 PM   #7612
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You've been doing a little bootlegging there, right?
Bootlegging? Im afraid we speak a different language lol.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 07:35 PM   #7613
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I don't think so:

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Bootleg or bootlegging usually refers to making, transporting and/or selling illegal alcoholic liquor or copyrighted material; the term originates from concealing hip flasks of alcohol in the legging of boots.
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As the movie begins, rich Texan Big Enos Burdette and his son, Little Enos, are trying to find a truck driver willing to haul Coors beer to Georgia for their refreshment. Unfortunately, due to federal liquor laws and state liquor tax regulations of the time, selling and/or shipping Coors east of the Mississippi River was considered bootlegging
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Old March 24th, 2010, 05:39 AM   #7614
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lololol. No you're not even close. Coors light is a beer brand. It's from Denver actually
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Old March 26th, 2010, 02:48 AM   #7615
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Well, technically the brewery is in Golden.
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Old March 26th, 2010, 06:01 PM   #7616
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Is this a bit ambitious? 14 cities, 4,150miles, 2 nights in each city, I'd take a tent and one friend, and go in my Tigra. It takes in Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Arpasu de Jos in Romania (which is the base for the Transfăgărăşan Pass, as seen on Top Gear), then Bucharest, Nesebar in Bulgaria, Istanbul, Sofia, Novi Sad, Ljubjana, then do the Stelvio Pass to go to Turin, then end in Lyon (or if I'm not there living there then do a more direct route from Ljubjana back to the UK possibly via the Nurburgring). I want to do a huge roadtrip, this sounds perfect.
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Old March 26th, 2010, 06:04 PM   #7617
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I go on road trips with a tent too, you can't get it cheaper, although you're more prone to bad (cold/rainy) weather.
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Old March 26th, 2010, 06:53 PM   #7618
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I go on road trips with a tent too, you can't get it cheaper, although you're more prone to bad (cold/rainy) weather.
Do you sleep at campsites where you have to pay?
Camping outside campgrounds is illegal in some EU countries. I wonder how strictly that rule is enforced if you behave responsibly (leave the place as you found it) ?

I used to just find a quiet parking lot or service area and sleep in my car. Not the safest thing, but I was never robbed or anything like that. The scariest thing that happened was in Italy north of Caserta when I woke up to police sirens and found out the gas station had just been robbed at gun point.
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For € 10 I have a safe and comfortable place to stay on a camping, with showers and toilet nearby.
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Old March 27th, 2010, 05:14 AM   #7620
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Camping outside campgrounds is illegal in some EU countries. I wonder how strictly that rule is enforced if you behave responsibly (leave the place as you found it) ?
In Germany it depends on the state whether it is illegal. Some states allow pitching a tent for a single overnight stay as long as it's not in a nature protection habitat or on private property without permission.
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