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Mary Smith



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I've visited 35+ countries over the past 14 years or so, many more than once, and almost always as solo traveller. I usually organise my trips entirely by myself and generally use public transport to explore. :-)

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A  Tuesday

England: Summer Train Schedules

I've lived in the UK all my life, use trains quite a lot and have never come across or heard of any general 'summer timetable' release date.  Train timetables in the UK (England​, Scotland​, Wales​... See More

A  last Tuesday

Rome: Online tickets or tours?

The comments about tours and audioguides in my Rome post apply equally to Florence. I advise you to buy Uffizi​ tickets online in advance. I've visited both Florence 5 times (and Rome the same) and have never... See More

A  last Tuesday

Rome: Online tickets or tours?

First of all, Rome is in Lazio, not in Tuscany. I'll give info about Florence in a separate post.  Whether you choose to go on a tour is entirely up to you but, personally (and given that many places have both leaflets audioguides... See More

A  February 06

Budapest: Children activities

> the eye (Ferris wheel)-does anyone know if it is open in April?, There is no mention of specific opening or closing dates on the official site: This type of wheel is quite common across Europe. Unless weather conditions... See More

A  February 05

Budapest: Fruit/berry picking

Budapest​ is a large city. There are few farms or orchards within any city and Budapest is no exception. April is too early for picking any berry or fruit in the vast majority of European countries (unless grown in hothouses). Fruit and berries (which... See More

A  January 31

Zagreb: must see places

Can't help with specific places for budget eating. Although I always budget eat, it was so hot when I visited I didn't eat much at all. But there's loads and loads of budget choice in central Zagreb​: pubs, cafes, bars,  fast food... See More

A  January 20

Zagreb: transportation from Vienna to Zagreb

'Best' is a matter of personal preference. Train from Viena, Austria​ to Zagreb​ takes from 6h 40 min, with at least one change of train. Times, details and fares in English on the official Austrian... See More

A  January 17

Europe: Best itinerary for Melbourne to Europe - 15 to 20 days?

You have now given more detail in your comment below. :-) > I am basically thinking to Visit Italy, France , Switzerland and Vienna(optional). I am more interested in landscape, food, history and am all prepared travel by any mode of transport depends on situation and... See More

A  January 16

Europe: Best itinerary for Melbourne to Europe - 15 to 20 days?

'Europe' is actually a continent made up of 44 I'm guessing that by 'Europe' you mean the 28 countries which form the European Union (EU)? Or maybe you mean the 26 countries (some EU, some not) which form the Schengen Zone ? The reason... See More

A  January 14

Budapest: what time do banks open on tuesday in budapest

Budapest​ banks usually open at 9am Monday - Friday. See More

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