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The shortest crossings are the quickest and cheapest. So Dover/Calais is very popular. And the EuroTunnel train from Folkstone/Calais is effectively the same, but quicker (35 minutes compared with 90 minutes) and more expensive. However you then have to factor in the drive to and from the crossing points, which costs both time and money. Hence a longer more ...


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I assume you speak English so I will discuss other languages. German will be understood by nearly everyone in Germany (!), Austria, and over half of the residents of Switzerland. It's spoken by people who grew up/were schooled in Luxembourg (but a significant part of the resident population and an even larger part of the workforce will not speak it) and by ...


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As mentioned in other answers, the rules against shorts should be understood as rules against normal clothing, so you can't just jump in with the clothes you were wearing when outside the pool. But swim trunks are very common for recreational swimmers. An example of the dresscode of a random public pool in Belgium explains what I mean (these are the allowed ...


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This may not be exactly what you are looking for, but it will be better than just dry toilet paper. Wet wipes are sold in most grocery/sundries stores in the baby section. They can even be purchased in small packages which are made to fit in a purse and some of them are specifically sold as being flushable (i.e. it's ok to just throw them in the toilet ...


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No, you will not. Japan has banned entry of all foreigners who have travelled to Zhejiang and Hubei provinces within 14 days of travelling to Japan, but Shanghai, a provincial-level city, does not belong to either. You are (so far) safe. It is, nevertheless, highly possible that Japan will soon extend this travel ban to the entirety of China. Keep updated. ...


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Let me admit that the other answer by Weather Vane sent me in the right direction. The American Theatre is the right direction and that it's a good idea to look at the other video's mentioned in that post. If you look at the Scarecrow video at about 1:27 you see an overpass, which according to me is the right spot. But such an overpass certainly doesn't ...


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To cross the Channel with a vehicle, you have two choices: ferry or train. The ferry costs less and takes longer, the train faster and more expensive. Folkestone is the departure point for the Eurotunnel train to Calais; the most popular ferry crossing is Dover-Calais. Here's an overview of some of the options: To France, the choices are Dover–Dunkerque, ...


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There are no footways along the edges of the road, so it isn't a regular bridge. Because the shadows are from the left, the location is east or south-east of the Atomium. My guess is the "bridge" is an ornamental feature in the Royal Estate, Laeken Park, but this park has been pixellated in the Google satellite views and there is no detail to be seen. ...


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A few observations (my nephew has a rather broad set of allergies so I have had to deal with this on several trips): In Germany, restaurant menus do mention allergens and additives. It seems to be mandatory EU-wide now but I have only seen it sporadically in France for example so I would not rely on it and ask for confirmation in any case (the rule seems to ...


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It's fairly normal in many parts of Europe that regular non-entertainment, non-tourist oriented shops keep regular business hours and don't open in the evening. This is especially true of smaller shops. The historical, economic and social reason is simple - shop-workers like to have a life. They don't want to work evenings any more than you do, and most ...


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While it may be possible to cross that many borders, I doubt you can actually see so many countries in that period of time. Figure about half-a-day of transport each time you change countries and you will see how the amount of time left for seeing is greatly diminished. Generally speaking, Europe offers some of the cheapest transportation options. For you ...


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I've just returned from France by car and I've done the trip many times. Each time I've looked at all the various options, EuroTunnel, Calais-Dover Ferry and then the longer routes. Each time the Dover-Calais ferry route has been the cheapest with Dunkerque-Dover slightly behind. From my experience all the longer routes are MUCH more expensive (2-3 time ...


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Different European countries, and often pools, set different rules. I live in the Netherlands and in the pools here there are no rules on what you can wear, as long as it is swimming gear and not underwear. When I swim the competition team is also training and all of them wear tight Speedo and Adidas swimgear, male as well as females. As that is something ...


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I don't know if cruise ships have safes in the rooms, but they're bound to have somewhere secure. Leave everything you do not absolutely need there when going visiting countries. Take as little money as you need and maybe one bank card. I think the biggest problem in those areas are pickpockets and bag snatchers, so get a money belt or something else where ...


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I would make this a comment if I had the reputation, but: As a late-twenties working Norwegian living in Helsinki I can confirm that English is more useful than Swedish in Finland. The only people I've spoken Swedish to are those who want to practice their Swedish. On the other hand, being able to understand all official communications and signs is useful. ...


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English alone will allow you to speak to (just about) a majority of adults in your all your different groups of countries. Adding German alone achieves a comfortable majority in all your groupings of countries Let's put some numbers on this. We can look at the numbers who speak various languages in each country as listed on wikipedia which considers only ...


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Leave all you valuables on the Cruise ship. Usually there will be a little hotel-style safe in your cabin. Leave your wallet here. Work out the maximum you need for the day for what you are planning + 10 %. When you leave the ship take off your Seapass / Cruise card that identifies you on-board ship. Put it in a secure pocket. You will now just look like a ...


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Is it safe? Safe is a broad word, and nobody can be absolutely certain about safety. You'd consider driving or taking a plane 'safe', presumably, but crashes happen sometimes too. It's relative. So now that we establish that, we can look at hitchhiking. Is it safe? Depends on who sees you, who picks you up, and how you react. We actually have a post on ...


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You need to be forward with the allergy, don't be shy and ASK. Have an "allergy translation card" (*) with you and/or with the person with the allergy. You need to have it with translation in the different languages that you will come into contact with in Europe. (*) google for that


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There are canals and rivers suitable for boats that connect the both seas. And while rare, it is not exceptional to travel the distance. It takes time and quite a bit of money, preparations and patience. You mention wanting to start in the Netherlands. That means that you will need to pass through Belgium and/or Germany and will have to consider three ...


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The only crossings from GB to the European continent that aren't mentioned in other answers are the direct ferries to Spain. Portsmouth-Santander Portsmouth-Bilbao Plymouth-Santander The ships are a sort of cross between a liner, a cruise ship and a ferry, in that they take cars, like a ferry, but have lots of cabins and facilities like a cruise ship, but ...


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Snow is rather unlikely in all of your named destinations. The most likely for snow is Zurich, which is still not guarantied. We have had snow in the Netherlands (so also Amsterdam) for Christmas and the new year. But it is a very small chance of snow. Same goes for Belgium, Paris and Frankfurt. Rain is much more likely and often comes with strong winds. ...


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German would get you quite far: This map on the Wikipedia page of the German language shows how many people understand german:


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Many of my Japanese colleagues (as well as Indian colleagues) usually prefer to stay in hotels that provide bidet toilet pots. If that is not available then most will keep an empty bottle in their bathrooms. I can say this for sure about my buddies from the Middle East, India and Asia in general. It is fairly common to instruct house keeping not to dispose ...


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As Willeke notes, the specific rules may vary between pools (and possibly regions), but in my experience, anything that clearly looks like swimwear, as opposed to underwear (or, worse yet, streetwear) will likely be acceptable. If in doubt, just go to your local pool and ask. I'm sure the staff can explain what they consider acceptable swim attire. Or, ...


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Trying to do this as conventional rental (Hertz, Avis, Europcar, etc.) will be extremely expensive, even if you find one. It's also inconvenient to drive a car from the "wrong" side, so I would at least break it up between the UK and the rest of Europe. Unless you are planning to drive every single day, you may be better off with a combination of flights, ...


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I would suggest at least basing a route on one or more of the EuroVelo routes. Particularly Route 5 and Route 15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EuroVelo http://www.worldbiking.info/wordpress/2018/02/eurovelo-easy-way-cycle-europe/ It should save quite a lot of planning time and the routes are more or less signposted. In terms of a tool for selecting a ...


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English will get you understood by the vast majority of people in the Scandinavian countries (including Finland and I believe Iceland) and I at least by the vast majority of the younger generations in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, German Switzerland and probably Flemish Belgium. French will top up that list by getting you understood in France, French ...


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I don't think you will get much improvement over English by studying more languages, it follows the law of diminishing returns. However, consider these maps which may be useful in deciding which ones would be most useful: Source: Map of the most spoken foreign languages in the EU by country


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I have hitchhiked all over Europe, including boats and empty leg flights, on multiple trips. My own experience is generally positive and I see staying in cheap hotels as a far greater danger than hitchhiking. It can be dangerous sleeping in an unlit or unattended rest area. And depending upon your definition of 'danger', standing upon the Autobahn or any ...


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