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simonp

City break?

Looking to go away for a weekend in October. I've been looking at Florence, but the only flights I can find are 06:45 or 18:45, neither of which are very convenient. We'd either be getting there hours before we could check in or 10 at night.

Any other similar suggestions? It's for Mrs P's birthday and she's pretty well travelled, so more obvious places like Rome or Paris are likely to have already been visited.

No Spain either, I don't do Spain!
Bryan M

We loved Rome last week, but have you considered Lisbon?
Big Blue

Vienna.
Bratislava.
Budapest.
Berlin.

Look for some cultural thing in some city that you could take her to, opera or whatever, then plan around that.
Martin

I'd definately look at Vienna.  Florence is very nice, you don't have to go straight to the hotel.
Racing Teatray

Bologna? Palermo?
Michael

It's going to come down to which flights work. If you flew to Venice I can recommend some great places on the mainland for a weekend.
Clunes

Marrakech might be different - crazy place but worth experiencing.
woof woof

I really liked Bruges.
simonp

Vienna's not a bad shout. She likes gee gees and they have that Spanish Riding School place. I'm guessing the weather won't be as clement as in Italy, though?

Any hotel recommendations?
Martin

This one has really good reviews, is a good mix of old and new and is good value compared to other similar hotels, especially the suites.  It's centrally located, has a spa (if that's Mrs P's thing), good restaurant etc. †

http://www.sanssouci-wien.com/en/index.html

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hot...Hotel_Sans_Souci_Wien-Vienna.html
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Aberdeen
Prague
Vienna

Malta ?
Roadsterstu

Bath
JohnC

Dubai for some luxury and shopping but there is nothing wrong with Spain: Seville is beautiful and Marbella is great for relaxation, luxury and shopping.

Monte Carlo is also worth a visit and you can stay in Nice or another expensive French resort: Cannes.
boc70

Another vote for Lisbon and its environs (Estoril, Sintra) - decent climate, interesting city.  I'd recommend Copenhagen as well, although it could depend on how warm you want to be in October

Rome and Paris are at least large enough that we've been to both for long weekends and could easily go back and do different things.
Stuntman

I'd recommend Krakow.  It's pretty, very walkable, with plenty of cultural things to do and eating/drinking there is very cheap.

Of course, it's also close to Auschwitz, a sobering place which is certainly worth going to see but might not be someone's idea of a birthday treat.
PhilD

Re: City break?

simonp wrote:
Looking to go away for a weekend in October. I've been looking at Florence, but the only flights I can find are 06:45 or 18:45, neither of which are very convenient. We'd either be getting there hours before we could check in or 10 at night.



Personally I'd have no problem with 06.45. It's what, a 2 hour flight? so get to the hotel at 10ish, dump bags and find somewhere for a nice breakfast and a strong Italian coffee!
Eff One

Seville? Beautiful, walkable, wonderful food, not hideously expensive.
PhilD

Eff One wrote:
Seville? Beautiful, walkable, wonderful food, not hideously expensive.


but a little bit Spanish...
Eff One

Re: City break?

simonp wrote:
No Spain either, I don't do Spain!


Didn't notice that originally - why on earth not? Spain is brilliant.
Big Blue

St Petersburg.

Awesome.
simonp

Roadsterstu wrote:
Bath


Very funny.  
simonp

Re: City break?

PhilD wrote:
simonp wrote:
Looking to go away for a weekend in October. I've been looking at Florence, but the only flights I can find are 06:45 or 18:45, neither of which are very convenient. We'd either be getting there hours before we could check in or 10 at night.



Personally I'd have no problem with 06.45. It's what, a 2 hour flight? so get to the hotel at 10ish, dump bags and find somewhere for a nice breakfast and a strong Italian coffee!


That one is from London City Airport, a three hour drive from here. That means we'd have to leave home at around 2am to make sure we got there in time. The evening one is Gatwick which is probably further away. There are no direct flights from Bristol or Birmingham that I could see.
PhilD

Re: City break?

Eff One wrote:
simonp wrote:
No Spain either, I don't do Spain!


Didn't notice that originally - why on earth not? Spain is brilliant.


I agree!
PhilD

Re: City break?

simonp wrote:
PhilD wrote:
simonp wrote:
Looking to go away for a weekend in October. I've been looking at Florence, but the only flights I can find are 06:45 or 18:45, neither of which are very convenient. We'd either be getting there hours before we could check in or 10 at night.



Personally I'd have no problem with 06.45. It's what, a 2 hour flight? so get to the hotel at 10ish, dump bags and find somewhere for a nice breakfast and a strong Italian coffee!


That one is from London City Airport, a three hour drive from here. That means we'd have to leave home at around 2am to make sure we got there in time. The evening one is Gatwick which is probably further away. There are no direct flights from Bristol or Birmingham that I could see.


ah,well that changes things. So, 3 hour drive and 2 hour flight, you could drive to Florence in 5 hours...
simonp

Re: City break?

PhilD wrote:
Eff One wrote:
simonp wrote:
No Spain either, I don't do Spain!


Didn't notice that originally - why on earth not? Spain is brilliant.


I agree!


Spain is my main reason for voting out next week. Not only do they suck money from the EU like a starving leech, but they seem to be proud of their "achievements" after doing so, too. They put little plaques everywhere saying things like

'this river was repopulated with fish using EU funding after we ate the old ones'

'this building was restored to its former glory after we destroyed it in our civil war using money we ponced from the EU'

'this bridge had fallen into disrepair because we went off for a two hour kip in the middle of the day instead of making sure it was safe to use, but don't worry, the EU paid for some Polish builders to come and fix it for us'.

We paid for all that using our taxes and then they want us to spend some of the money we have left over to go on holiday there and give them some more? Fuck 'em!
JohnC

I dare say that Portugal and Greece are also off the list, closely followed by Italy
PhilD

JohnC wrote:
I dare say that Portugal and Greece are also off the list, closely followed by Italy


Indeed, I think we are looking at a staycation here chaps!
Andy C

Dublin?
BeN

I liked Berlin when I visited. It's very different from most German cities yet still offer plenty for the urban traveller. Great to walk about and good public transport too.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Re: City break?

simonp wrote:
There are no direct flights from Bristol or Birmingham that I could see.

Don't forget Southampton..... if Bergerac is still on the list of destinations and you don't mind hiring a car in France, worth a punt.....
PhilD

Andy C wrote:
Dublin?


Fails the Spanish test.
simonp

JohnC wrote:
I dare say that Portugal and Greece are also off the list, closely followed by Italy


Do they do the plaque thing, too? I know they're all scroungers, but that was the thing that made me swear off Spain forever.

 "Look at what we've done and it never cost us a penny"
PhilD

[quote="simonp:554321"]
JohnC wrote:
I know they're all scroungers, but that was the thing that made me swear off Spain forever.


Including your car  
simonp

Ex car (in both senses!)
DetmoldDick

Re: City break?

simonp wrote:

That one is from London City Airport, a three hour drive from here. That means we'd have to leave home at around 2am to make sure we got there in time. The evening one is Gatwick which is probably further away. There are no direct flights from Bristol or Birmingham that I could see.


I would suggest going to the websites of your preferred departure airport(s) and look at where they fly direct to and go for it that way round.
PhilD

simonp wrote:
Ex car (in both senses!)


That was my point, you brexited backwards through a hedge.
PG

Re: City break?

DetmoldDick wrote:
I would suggest going to the websites of your preferred departure airport(s) and look at where they fly direct to and go for it that way round.


Very sensible!  http://www.justtheflight.co.uk/cheap-flights-from-BHX/

You can now fly from Birmingham to New York. Add an extra day and that works.
PhilD

Re: City break?

PG wrote:
DetmoldDick wrote:
I would suggest going to the websites of your preferred departure airport(s) and look at where they fly direct to and go for it that way round.


Very sensible! †http://www.justtheflight.co.uk/cheap-flights-from-BHX/

You can now fly from Birmingham to New York. Add an extra day and that works.


Just make sure you pick the right Birmingham...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-36150328
Martin

I bet she was surprised at how cheap the flights were.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Having just got back from NYC, I've had an e-mail from BA advertising special offers on 3 night trips to NYC including flights and hotels for around £600 per head (based on 2 people sharing)
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Having just got back from NYC, I've had an e-mail from BA advertising special offers on 3 night trips to NYC including flights and hotels for around £600 per head (based on 2 people sharing)


you got a link?
Martin

I'm sure I've seen better deals than that, something close to £400 each inc hotels.
PhilD

Martin wrote:
I'm sure I've seen better deals than that, something close to £400 each inc hotels.


you got a link?  
Martin

I was on it †

http://www.britishairways.com/travel/holiday-finder/public/

I couldn't get the right link to work but just google British Airways New York Deals and you'll get there straightaway.

From £392 next April or £550 next month if you want to go sooner and that's for 5 nights.  Not sure about the hotels at that price, I'll leave you to research that.
PhilD

Martin wrote:
I was on it †

http://www.britishairways.com/travel/holiday-finder/public/

I couldn't get the right link to work but just google British Airways New York Deals and you'll get there straightaway.

From £392 next April or £550 next month if you want to go sooner and that's for 5 nights. †Not sure about the hotels at that price, I'll leave you to research that.


Cheers. I've wanted to go to NY for many years, but thought I'd missed the boat for cheap deals (pardon the pun)
Martin

We built it into a 2 week holiday which is more cost effective than a standalone trip, as internal flights are really cheap.
Andy C

PhilD wrote:
Martin wrote:
I was on it †

http://www.britishairways.com/travel/holiday-finder/public/

I couldn't get the right link to work but just google British Airways New York Deals and you'll get there straightaway.

From £392 next April or £550 next month if you want to go sooner and that's for 5 nights. †Not sure about the hotels at that price, I'll leave you to research that.


Cheers. I've wanted to go to NY for many years, but thought I'd missed the boat for cheap deals (pardon the pun)


Yeah same, cheers for that.   Even the £392 hotel looks alright.
simonp

Mrs P has been to NY about ten times!
Chris M Wanted a V-10

PhilD wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Having just got back from NYC, I've had an e-mail from BA advertising special offers on 3 night trips to NYC including flights and hotels for around £600 per head (based on 2 people sharing)


you got a link?

http://www.britishairways.com/tra...R01X&hpsource=T02AXCitybreaks
£549 each in a 3-star hotel near the centre.... so long as you leave this month !

Gets a bit more expensive in a few weeks' time.
canadian bacon

just got back from Reykjavik, was lovely, but bloody expensive (beer in one place we ate was 18c$ for a 330ml bottle), 4 days inc flights and accommodation,food and a couple of tours cost just shy of 3000c$, or about 1500 quid.
franki68

Martin wrote:
I'd definately look at Vienna. †Florence is very nice, you don't have to go straight to the hotel.


Florence is superb,great memories there.But Vienna..this means nothing to me.

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