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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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AMilan to Como: How to do a train trip from Milan

See my other answer for trains Milano Centrale​ to Como. Milan to Varenna​ by train is pretty straightforward. Trenitalia operate the route. The station you need is Varenna-Esino, which is... See More

AMilan to Como: How to do a train trip from Milan

Most definitely journeys to be made by train. Even if there is a bus service trains encounter no traffic hold-ups to slow the trip!  First of all Milan to Como: Train journey time is around an hour though there are a few faster Trenitalia... See More

AAmalfi Coast: What is the best time of year to visit the Amalfi Coast?

I'm afraid the Amalfi Coast​ has long been extremely popular, initially with Italians themselves and now with (it often seems) the whole world....and pretty-much year-round. If you hope to avoid crowds (though not other visitors) the winter months... See More

AWichita to Orlando: how can I get there quicker than 3 days

1. Greyhound operate buses Wichita>Orlando. It's a long trip with several transfers but doesn't take 3 days! 2. On some days of the week American and Delta fly (with... See More

AEngland: 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

ARome: 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

ARome: 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

ABudapest: 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

ABudapest: 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

AZagreb: 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

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