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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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AGreece: To cruise or not to

>would need to stay in a hotel that has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Greece has been catering for its visitors for many, many decades. You will have no more difficulty finding en suite rooms (rooms with their own bathrooms) than in any other EU country. They are the... See More

AGreece: To cruise or not to

>How does one get around to all the islands if you are not on a cruise ship? There are 6000 Greek islands, many of which are inhabited, and you are simply not going to see them all in 10 days, with or without a cruise.....nor are you going to see more than a fraction... See More

ANiagara Falls: Can we take food across the US/Canada border on our road trip to Niagara Falls?

Canadian rules about importing food for personal use from the US: US rules about importing food for personal... See More

AVenice: Gondola rides

There have been gondolas in Venice​ for hundreds of years and their waiting spots, fares and routes are regulated by the city's government and by the gondolieri's own association. Nowadays, apart from special events such as weddings and funerals,... See More

ALisbon to Cascais: Is it wise to plan a day trip to Cascais and then to Belem on the same day?

It makes sense to combine the two places on one daytrip but imo it isn't 'wise' to visit Cascais​ and then go to Belém​. I think you should visit the other way round. Most people visit Belem to... See More

ALisbon to Sintra: Day trip to Sintra from Lisbon

Getting from Lisbon​ to Sintra​ by train is very easy indeed. Although you won't be able to see everything in'd need more than one day to do that...... you'll certainly (and easily) be able to see a... See More

AIreland: I am interested in a tour of Ireland, looking for good local tour operator?

>Prefer to see castles. The term 'castle' is often misleading. I suspect you are thinking of Medieval stone castles (1100s > 14/1500s) but both Iron Age fortified settlements and large private houses built in the 1700s/1800s (often with towers, battlements... See More

ANashville: Grand ol opry

After using several smaller venues from the time it first started (1925) in 1943 the Grand Old Opry made its permanent home in Ryman Auditorium​ in Nashville. The auditorium is used from November to January but, since 1974 ... See More

AMontalcino: 2015 Brunello

The 2015 vintage will be released next year and by 'celebrate' I assume you mean the 'Benvenuto Brunello' festival which is usually held in Montalcino​ in mid-February? The 2020 dates may not yet be set but, as the festival is organised... See More

ATaos to Albuquerque: Direct transportation from taos to albuquerque

Sorry to hear about your 'friend'. Some ideas: See More

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