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Old 02-04-10, 04:19 AM   #1
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Plan my route for me

OK, I'm not really that lazy, but I am coming into an indefinite period of "free time" starting in March, and there's a good chance I'll wind up back in the US in May/June.

So...I'm thinking about a 2-3 week "farewell tour," where I take the train somewhere and ride back to Denmark. My "default" is starting in France, going to Basel, up the Rhein, Low Countries, zip across northern Germany and home. It's probably too cold (for my taste) to get too far into Austria/Hungary, so a Rhein - Danube trip is probably out. I could probably be convinced to go to Tuscany.

I'm in the early thinking/planning stages. Obviously, I can figure this out for myself, but it's always fun to talk with like-minded people. So any suggestions or comments are welcome. If you have any "hidden gems," I promise not to share them with anyone else.

I like scenery, old castles and quaint little towns with half-timbered houses where no one speaks English.
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Old 02-18-10, 04:27 AM   #2
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Pedaleur - can't comment on northern Germany and the Danish penisula -- but having ridden in The Netherlands all I can say is ... at that time of year in particular ... I'm thinking cold, WINDY, and wet. Oh and flat.

Not my idea of a fare-the-well tour to end a European adventure!

Italy is my choice for "old castles, quaint towns and no one speaking English". Tuscany in particular but any places work. The East coast in particular is fun - I rode in the Pan Mass Challenge (a US charity ride) Italia version and we started in Fano and headed to the Med side. But the first few days in that region were wonderful (hilly). You can even try something like a loop ride from Venice down the coast and then back up through the hill towns (and get a pass through San Marino and 'check off' on small country that no one can say they visited before!).

Right now we are planning a decadent but inexpensive trip in Croatia. Islandhopping.com is the site. Flights to Dubrovnik can be had cheap on Croatian Air (google for their site).

This is a series of cycling and boat trips all along the Croatian coast. Have never been but others claim it is one of the truely undiscovered gems of Europe's coast ... major cities are summer tourist havens but off the beaten path is a world almost untouched by the 21st century ...

Sorry to hear you'll be leaving Europe. As an American I can say our four plus years here have been a most amazing learning experience. I wish all Americans had a chance to spend time in Europe -- not as tourists seeing sites but really living here.

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Old 02-18-10, 05:40 AM   #3
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Thanks, lux. (Boy, you're a font of knowledge today...) Although I haven't found a job yet, I have extended my residence permit semi-indefinitely. Of course, without a job, it's fairly pointless, but I think i can slide my farewell tour back a few months, at least until the kids are done with school

I also now can consider the club trip to Udine, Italia in April, if I can find the means (cf. those hungry kids above).

I like your thinking, though.
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Plan a route for you? Sure. What about this, for example...

From Alps (IT) to North Sea by bicycle
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At sixteen you definately need two more years general education. Stick with the classes, when you 18 think about drama school or perhaps a degree in English, or anything... as long as you are learning.

The easiest way to get an agent is by being in a showcase, agents find their their talent from drama school showcases... as well as people who they have seen in shows.

Look up the confrerence of drama schools... I recommend ArtsEd, but they are all good.

Right now concentrate on knowing the world so that if you do get an agent and start getting work you have the knowledge and resources to do some great work...
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