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Cliche Post-College Graduation Europe Tour

A June 2003 trip to Europe by nas

Quote: After college, some friends and I headed to Europe with a Eurail pass, some Lonely Planet guides, some conversational handbooks, and a thirst for adventure.

Cliche Post-College Graduation Europe Tour

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Overview

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Having never left the United States without my parents, I was itching to head somewhere--anywhere--after graduating from college. After gathering four close friends with similar ambitions, we started planning a trip that spanned 10 cities in eight countries over the course of 21 days.We started by flying from Philadelphia to Paris, where we spent only 1.5 days before heading south by Eurail to Nice en route to the picturesque rock bluffs of Cinque Terre in the Italian Riviera. After hiking between the five villages that make up Cinque Terra and taking in some sun and snorkeling, we headed into the heart of Italy to Florence. Here we sampled the center of the Renaissance art world, as well as...Read More

BMW Welt, Museum and Plant

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Attraction | "BMW Museum"

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I'm what you might call a casual car enthusiast. I don't subscribe to Motor Trends magazine, but I can appreciate a fine vehicle when I see one or ride in one. So while in Munich, my friends and I figured, "BMW is headquartered here, so we might as well check out the BMW museum".Bad idea. This museum is a total waste of time and money (not even worth the 3€ we paid to get in). I'll give the place credit for one thing, and that's the layout. It's a pretty creative design where you start at the bottom, and slowly walk in a spiral upwards past all the displays until you are at the top of the building and they end. The content of the displays, however, leave much to be desired. They try to use com...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 28, 2006

BMW Welt, Museum and Plant
Petuelring 130 Milbertshofen
Munich, Germany 80788
+49 89 382 233 07

Mike's Bike Tours

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Attraction | "Best of Amsterdam: Mike's Bike Tours"

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I'm not big on group tours, but I make an exception for Mike's Bikes. It is easily the best way to get introduced to a European city (available in Amsterdam and Munich, and has been re-named to Fat Tire Bike Tours in Barcelona, Berlin, and Paris).The idea is simple. Get on a bike and take a tour of the entire city, getting a feel for the major tourist sites as well as some local flavor. Take a break in a local cafe/bar for an hour, where you get to socialize with your tour group. All for 22 euros!The bike riding portion is not the least bit strenuous, so don't worry about your riding ability. It is a very leisurely pace, and takes 4 hours, including the break and several stops alon...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 11, 2006

Mike's Bike Tours
Meeting Place: 134 Kerkstraat
Amsterdam, Netherlands 1017GP
31-20-622-7970

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Rule #1: Be at the right place at the right time.That's exactly what we did in this case, completely by accident. My friends and I were just bumming around a random piazza in Florence when this man came around trying to hawk some tickets to us. By this point, we were quite wary of anyone who approached unsolicited, because most such approaches were just attempts to exploit "foolish tourists" who can easily be convinced to buy anything.Maybe it was the extreme temperatures (heat wave of Summer '03), or just tiredness from walking around, but we decided to hear him out. After some attempts at explanation, he recognized quickly that no one in our party was fluent in Italian, so he res...Read More