Question about 3 destinations

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  1. MSYgirl

    MSYgirl Gold Member

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    I just found out I'm going on a trip in a few months that's not on my schedule. The problem is I have no idea where I am going. It's a mystery trip to a new country I have not yet visited, and the person planning it will only give me a list of 3 destinations to narrow it down (that's my only clue).

    My question: Is there one thing that stands out in these places that is something I should definitely not miss? A landmark, attraction, etc.? At least when I get to where ever it is I am going I will have some ideas of what to do and see there.

    Possible destinations:
    Rome (I doubt this because I have been to Italy before - Pisa and Florence)
    Barcelona
    Istanbul

    Thanks.
     
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  2. guberif

    guberif Silver Member

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    Might wanna avoid Istanbul right now... Just sayin
     
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  3. MSYgirl

    MSYgirl Gold Member

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    Good point, and I know the person planning it would never put me/us in danger. Perhaps this helps narrow it down to Barcelona? ;)
     
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  4. guberif

    guberif Silver Member

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    Especially since you've been to Italy
     
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  5. MSYgirl

    MSYgirl Gold Member

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    A few discoveries...

    Since I was concerned about the travel advisory to Istanbul, I have confirmed that is not our destination. And to clarify the new country comment, I misspoke and it was a new "passport stamp" that I would be getting. Considering my last trip to Italy garnered a Pisa stamp, Rome is still a possibility as much as Barcelona.

    And then there were two. My Spanish is pretty good, but I need to work on my Italian just in case. :eek:
     
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  6. anileze

    anileze Gold Member

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    Barcelona: Gaudi, Picasso Museum, Tapas bars, Catch a Barca soccer game is you can get a ticket and they are playing (It is an experience not to be missed), Stroll the La Rambla.

    Rome: Don't miss the Vatican Museums and Gallerie Borghese. Open air street cafes.
     
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  7. StevenGerrard

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    try to avoid Istanbul or change that destination to another place.
     
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  8. MSYgirl

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    My last reply eliminated that destination, no worries.
     
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  9. StevenGerrard

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    oh then its ok. sorry i did not read that one. :)
     
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  10. TravelBear

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    In the event it is Rome you definitely need to go to the top of St. Peters. It gives a phenomenal view of the spraaaawling city!
     
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    Echo suggestions on top of St. Peter's and Vatican. I would also consider a half day to see the various fountains (Trevi, Piazza Navoa) and Coliseum and Pantheon.

    For Barcelona, Sagrada Familia is a must, along with a quick visit to Las Ramblas. We enjoyed coffee at Cafe Zurich. Waterfront is also worth some time, too.
     
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    Barcelona: Park Guell. A great place to hike/walk and enjoy some of Gaudi's designs.
     
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    I'll need to make a list of all of these suggestions to bring with me. Thanks!
     
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    Yes decide any place and go fot it.
     
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    Yes , any thing..
     
  16. MSYgirl

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    Through a slip of the tongue, I found out it's Rome! Thanks for the advice above and any more to be added. The trip is Tuesday - Saturday, so now I need to make a list of these recommendations. :)
     
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    Rome is easy... many landmarks and must-see attractions... obviously many city piazzas, churces and fountains... but make sure that you visit Vatican City, Vatican museums and St. Peters cathedral (make sure you are properly dresses, as shorts and t-shirts with no sides are not permitted)... and there is ancient Rome with Colosuem and Palatino... :rolleyes:
     
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    I love being back in Italy. I've already visited the Colosseum, Palatino, ruins, fountains, ate outside for lunch and dinner, and even went to a concert tonight. Tomorrow is Vatican City which will cover the museum, S. Chapel and St. Peter's (bought tickets online for 4 euros extra but you get the skip the lines). After that and Friday it's wherever I want to go since I have covered all of my must-see/must-do checklist items already. I've already hopped on a random bus or two just to see where it will take me, so I imagine Thursday and Friday will be more of those adventures.

    Thanks again for all the tips.
     
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  19. KathInJax

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    Try to go the Trompe L'oeil ceiling at St Ignatius church. We actually enjoyed it more than the Sistene Chapel. From the Pantheon, when looking at the Pantheon, take a left (away from Piazza Novona) and it should be 1-2 blocks away.

    Wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sant'Ignazio_Church,_Rome

    Have fun in Rome!
     
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    I didn't get to the church today, but I did go to the Vatican. I visited the museum and S. Chapel. Buying tickets in advance online was a waste as there was no line. The museum and chapel were disappointing, and they definitely do not enforce the dress code requirements they list in their rules. Think tube tops and daisy dukes...real classy. :eek: I ate lunch outside of the Pantheon and will spend my last day putting around until my evening flight out of Italy.
     
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    Get lost in a residential neighborhood, and then pick a outdoor cafe and have a very lazy lunch, read the newspaper. My best meal experiences have been in makeshift cafes in the farmers markets in the various squares in and around Italian towns..
     

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