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Advice for Traveling in London & Europe

Hey all,

I haven't really posted in a long time but I know many Europeans post on this board so I was really hoping to get some great traveling advice as I prepare to study abroad in London for the month of the June!

I've never been to Europe before and the group I am going with is planning weekend trips to Scotland, Paris, and Amsterdam. First off, I was wondering what is considered the best way to travel to these destinations from London for an affordable price. I'm not looking for anything fancy or first class, so the most economical way the better! I'm guessing it's train vs. flight?

Also, any recommendations for things I must see or do while there? While in Scotland I would love to visit the Highlands. Is this practical if we are staying in Edinburgh?

Lastly, we are staying in flats in Bloomsbury. Suggestions for restaurants, night life, or museums & historical sites?

Thanks! Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Re: Advice for Traveling in London & Europe

There's good restaurant in the Marais in Paris called Chez Janou. I go everytime I'm in Paris. There's a great chance you'll be waiting any night you want to go, but it's well worth it. It's not very expensive (maybe 15 EUR is the average for a main dish), and the goat cheese appetizer is EXCELLENT.

Edinburgh is beautiful, if pricey. I tried haggis bon bons at this restaurant called Bon Vivant. It's got a tasty fare and in the evenings, there's a fairly lively bar scene. Fisher's is a good minichain (somewhat pricey) of seafood restaurants, too.

I would really suggest hitting up Glasgow, too, depending on how much time you might have in Scotland. It's a 45 min train ride from Edinburgh, and a really fun, small-ish city. The energy is great. There's awesome history, and it's less expensive (and less regal) than Edingburgh.

I'm not the biggest fan of Amsterdam, but if you're into fashion/shopping, let me know, and I'll send you a link to a story I wrote about its shopping scene for an American style magazine.

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Re: Advice for Traveling in London & Europe

If you want a low price, flying is the best. If you’re prepared to pay a bit more though, the train from London-Edinburgh and London-Paris are comfortable and a great way to see the British countryside. Especially when you go along the coast to Edinburgh, the views are amazing.

As for things to do, I’ve only been to Edinburgh a few times so others will be able to better advise you, be careful though it can be really pricey! I guess a day trip to the highlands wouldn’t be impossible to organise. I loved just seeing the city (parliament, castle, etc.), it’s really pretty, but I realise not everyone is in to such things.

Bloomsbury… Camden, right? You’re fairly central really close to Soho so I’m sure just walking about you’ll find loads to do. You’re also really close to the British Museum, if you fancy it. Also there’s a guy in the centre of Covent Garden who does amazing Paella (2 stops on the Piccadilly line from Russell Square – which I think is your closest station) that I would recommend to anyone! If you take the line a bit further and get off at Green Park you can go to Mahiki, a club on Dover Street which I like. If you’d prefer to go out closer to your accommodation, Tiger Tiger is in Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line again).

Not knowing you I’m not sure what to advise really. If you had anymore questions I can try and help though.



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Re: Advice for Traveling in London & Europe

Oddly, enough I've never been to London so I don't know anything about what goes on there.
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Re: Advice for Traveling in London & Europe

I took the coach to Amsterdam which is probably a cheaper option that others but I wouldn't recommend it unless you have the time. I expect flying is probably the best choice or eurostar to Paris which can be affordable if you're organised.

I've never been to Scotland.
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Re: Advice for Traveling in London & Europe

I actually find taking the Eurostar to Paris is cheaper than flying but I suppose it all depends on how far in advance you book. But I can tell you one thing and that's I much prefer arriving into Gare du Nord train station than horrible CDG airport.

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