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Country by Country - Europe

The European Union (EU) consists of about 28 "member states" of which 19 use the Euro as their official currency. There are minimal borders between the states, so you may have to go through immigration in a country you never planned to visit, but where you were connecting on the way to your destination EU state.

The free emergency telephone number across Europe is 112, which all EU countries are required to recognize. Some countries have additional emergency numbers based on historical traditions.

Rick Steves

If you travel to Europe, you "must" know Rick Steves. He publishes a series of guide books for Europe, high quality but sometimes lost among the many competitors. On one trip our friends loaned us a variety of books, in addition to our own, and by comparing them, we have become Rick Steves fans. His recommendations were outstanding other than one restaurant in Rome, which strongly advertised his endorsement, and apparently was resting on their laurels.

Rick Steves' Audio Europe

This is a free iPhone app; once you have downloaded it from the iTunes store, select the sections (playlists) you would like to place on your iPhone. See his web site. The data files are large, so you may want to do the download at home. No communications are required while you are listening to the app, or looking at the associated maps. The playlists include general and cultural sightseeing information, historic walks, and tours of specific sights.

As we were wandering around in Venice, we bumped into a couple using the audio guide to St. Mark's. Each had their own copy, like renting two "recorded guides" from the museum.

We took his "Renaissance Walk" thru Florence - the first of many cities where we have used them. We found it a delightful walk, with interesting comments and pictures. We have a splitter to run two sets of earphones from one device, and a long "coil cord" extension for the second person. We enjoyed staying together and doing the tour simultaneously. Only once did someone try to cut between us, through our wire, and Jenny delighted in saying she finally was able to keep me on a leash.

In Your Pocket

This is a small guide to many less traveled cities in Northern and Eastern Europe. We stumbled on it in Riga, Latvia, and found it wonderfully helpful - it has become our favorite guide for the cities where it is available. Updated versions are published frequently - even every few weeks. Free copies are often available in airport arrival concourses or hotel lobbies (ask the concierge), or at newsstands for a fee. However, you can download PDF files from the In Your Pocket web site, with the complete contents before you leave - not as compact a size as the free booklet, but available for pre-trip study.

Rental Cars

I have been able to rent cars in most countries, and have never needed an international driver's license. Your current State driver's license from the USA works fine.

Beware of renting a Mercedes Benz in England (and perhaps elsewhere in Europe). In 2015 we decided to go upscale since we would be doing a lot of driving for the week. "C class" should be fine - that is what our dealer loans us when our car is in for service. The driver seat did not go back as far as other cars. The steering wheel did not tilt (as a tall guy I had a terrible time getting in and out). There were no heated seats (it was very cold when we were there.) When we returned the car, the agent suggested getting a VW Passat or similar next time.

European Cities and Countries

France

Germany

Italy

Netherlands (Holland)

Hungary

Poland

Spain

Portugal

United Kingdom

Country by Country - Asia

Singapore

Japan

Hong Kong

New Zealand

Vietnam

Country by Country - South America

Argentina

Peru

Chile

Panama

City by City - North America

New York City

Other than New York City

Los Angeles

Visitors TO the United States



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