Need opinions and help please!

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Aug 13, 2004
My first solo trip to Europe at age 19 created one of my fondest travel memories. I met a couple of locals while in Brussels that recommended their favorite local restaurant. Wandering into this small pub where the only people there were the bartender and one patron neither of which spoke English. My French is non existent so we played charades for items on the menu. What a fun experience and proved that spoken language doesn't have to be a barrier for travel. Of course these days there are apps that will translate anything you could need.
 

sayhello

Have Camera, Will Travel
Joined
Oct 28, 2006
Not only that you can use it without an Internet connection if you download the very small translation files before your trip! I used it to play a message for a food vendor more than once on our cruise.
I didn't know that! I'll have to look into that for my next trip. Thanks!

Sayhello
 

Woodview

DIS Veteran
Joined
Dec 29, 2013
Yep, go ahead and be rude. You'll never see them again. What strange advice!

Sayhello
Note I do not eat Fish or chicken or turkey so I always have to check the Menu & this works for me

Rude never ... will you see passing strangers again ?

Try it sometime & see what happens .
 
  • AinsleyLM

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    May 2, 2013
    Well we bit the bullet and booked with Adventures by Disney for Prague and Austria for next fall! The price hurts, lol, but I am very excited! Thank you all for your opinions about traveling to foreign countries. Now if anyone has any recommendations for on your own time during this trip, I would love to hear them! I’m thinking we are going to go a day early to be safe in case of flight issues and I want to go to the Jewish Quarter, but that’s all I know for sure right now.
     

    sayhello

    Have Camera, Will Travel
    Joined
    Oct 28, 2006
    Well we bit the bullet and booked with Adventures by Disney for Prague and Austria for next fall! The price hurts, lol, but I am very excited! Thank you all for your opinions about traveling to foreign countries. Now if anyone has any recommendations for on your own time during this trip, I would love to hear them! I’m thinking we are going to go a day early to be safe in case of flight issues and I want to go to the Jewish Quarter, but that’s all I know for sure right now.
    Congrats! Just one thing I'm going to mention, because it totally didn't occur to me, is that the Jewish Quarter in Prague is totally shut down on the Sabbath (Saturday). You can walk around & see the outside of the buildings, but that's it. So make sure you don't plan to do the Jewish Quarter on a Saturday. You will be very disappointed. :(

    I did a walking tour of Prague through The Naked Tour Guide (no, they're not actually naked!) and it was really wonderful.

    Sayhello
     

    AinsleyLM

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    Congrats! Just one thing I'm going to mention, because it totally didn't occur to me, is that the Jewish Quarter in Prague is totally shut down on the Sabbath (Saturday). You can walk around & see the outside of the buildings, but that's it. So make sure you don't plan to do the Jewish Quarter on a Saturday. You will be very disappointed. :(

    I did a walking tour of Prague through The Naked Tour Guide (no, they're not actually naked!) and it was really wonderful.

    Sayhello
    I read that somewhere on this board, but thank you for the heads up! I will have to look at the naked tour guide! I’m still nervous about traveling to Prague and Austria, but I am hoping that once I am there, I won’t be, if that makes any sense. Do you have any other suggestions or must sees for Prague and Austria? I just read your river cruise trip, looks like you had an amazing time!
     

    OhanaCuz

    I can finally say that I've been on an ABD.
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    Jan 22, 2014
    Great choice. I loved Austria so much on our cruise.
     
  • OhanaCuz

    I can finally say that I've been on an ABD.
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    Jan 22, 2014
    Schönbrunn Palace, the zoo at Schönbrunn Palace (oldest in the world), The Hofburg, Austrian Gallery Belvedere
     

    rhinodadz

    Universal Exports - Q Branch
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    Oct 15, 2012
    Well we bit the bullet and booked with Adventures by Disney for Prague and Austria for next fall! The price hurts, lol, but I am very excited! Thank you all for your opinions about traveling to foreign countries. Now if anyone has any recommendations for on your own time during this trip, I would love to hear them! I’m thinking we are going to go a day early to be safe in case of flight issues and I want to go to the Jewish Quarter, but that’s all I know for sure right now.
    We're departing on this trip later this week 😁. Will post a trip report when we get home.
     

    Confianza

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Jul 7, 2019
    Recommendations for OYO time in Vienna?
    There‘s a lot depending on the interests of your travel party. In addition to the above mentioned, there are great museums (e.g. Art historic Museum, nature historic Museum, Albertina for art, Madame Tussaud‘s, Time Travel Vienna,...). With kids you might consider „Haus des Meeres“ in case of bad weather, an aquarium, where you can stroke fish.

    You could have traditional „Sachertorte“, a chocolate cake with apricot marmelade and chocolate coat at the traditional Hotel Sacher or one of the Cafés for which Vienna is famous.

    You could visit the „Stephansdom“ and stop by the famous Shopping districts nearby.

    I am living near Vienna, so if you have any questions, don‘t hesitate to ask.
     
  • Bobo912

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Feb 16, 2008
    Demel for something sweet to eat. And this will probably sound weird, but the Hapsburg Imperial Crypt, which is somewhere between The Albertina and St Stephen's. It's located beneath a smaller church and very easy to miss. It doesn't take long to tour the crypt and it's oddly interesting.
     

    rhinodadz

    Universal Exports - Q Branch
    Joined
    Oct 15, 2012
    A Reminder .... Do not forget a Travel Adaptor for charging things

    AND your Swim Gear ..... And ATM Chip & Pin cards
    Thanks @Woodview! All of those items are in the on-deck circle for packing. Along with a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees and enough local currency to get started with.

    Had to laugh out loud at the swim gear comment - I may have forgotten to pack swim trunks for a DCL cruise once upon a time :rolleyes1 My family never lets me forget that!
     

    pjacobi

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Jan 20, 2001
    Rick Steves has a number of tips about communicating in Europe in various travel shows on TV. Here's some tips to get you started:


    You don't have to be fluent in French to travel around France, but you do need to make an effort to at least learn a few words of the language. That will make the locals at ease of helping you with their knowledge of English which is far, far better then my knowledge of French.

    Any large city in Europe will always have someone to help you in English. You just need to be polite.

    I've only had language problems in remote areas or bi-lingual boarder areas.

    There are many langauges spoken in Europe far from what we know as standard French, German and Italian. Lucky for us, English is the international standard.


    -Paul
     

    Rapunzellover

    DIS Veteran
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    Sep 3, 2014
    You don't have to be fluent in French to travel around France, but you do need to make an effort to at least learn a few words of the language.
    This goes for any foreign language. Always learn hello, goodbye, thank you, please, where's the bathroom, etc. Also, if you can learn to say, "I don't speak_______. Do you speak English?" that's super valuable.
     

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