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European Travel-Recommendations on bikeable, more car free, and full of cafes/clubs?
My Fiancee and I are looking to arrange a house trade, or looking over a owners home in any of the following areas...Copenhagen, Denmark, Italy, Venice, Naples, Paris, France, maybe Croatia will be a visit as well since I hear it is a inexpensive flight from Italy. I would love to see London...so it is a possibility.
I am totally new to Europe. ALWAYS wanted to go. For our honeymoon I told her Hawaii just wont cut it, if we do not go...I will find a way to go within a year...if I need to find work somehow to be able to be there for a month, so be it.
So it looks like in July we plan to experience something new.
I am hearing about home trades often. My mother was gracious enough as a wedding gift to offer her home in Loreto, Baja Mexico as a trade for however many days we chose to exchange. She has wonderful rentals in the heart of this nifty laid back Mexican town (that is growing quickly...good/not so good in all of our opinions). She is not in the lame "supposedly" sustainable community with golf courts (Resort with Golf Courts in the desert???...Sustainable???) that is being referred to as Loreto-Bay. She is in the actual town with locals and the real-deal of Loreto.
We would love to visit locations that offer that best combination of culture, art, cafes (we love coffee), and costs within reason for eating. Cool night clubs or pubs would be great to explore as well.
Does anyone have recommendations on where we might want to visit? I figure if we are doing Europe...and the main costs are food, transit, and flight expenses...we are sticking around for a month. A week here, 3 days there at reasonable hotels or maybe we will find additional week long home trade opportunity... and back to a home base would be great.
We would like ot buy a couple dutch style bikes like Velorbis or Azor, Gazelle, modern or classic styles to use and then bring home on the plane.
If anyone has recommendations on how to arrange a home trade logistically and what areas we should try and arrange the trade with in the countries we would love to visit? Being in the center or close to the cool locations are always nice. Riding bikes and hopping on transit as well as the Euro-Rail to visit other countries...
Might it be better to say in Italy or in Copenhagen? Start in Italy, but a set of bikes there...and move our way up?
Thanks so much,
Last edited by djkenny; 11-06-08 at 01:37 PM.