There are some GREAT threads floating around here about trip to the UK. I have learned tons and added the advice to my travel plans.
But I still have a few questions that I was hoping the experts here could help me with!
**Is the “Tube” different than the "Train? The tube is the subway, I know, but does a train go through the city or is that for out of city travel? **
**What Travel passes should I buy? Is the TravelCard for the Tube? Should I buy them in advance for any benefits or savings? **
In fact, is there any thing else I should buy or arrange before leaving? Is there any way to beat the lines at the more popular events short of group travel?
**I am no quite clear on what an A-Z is but I know I must have one. Is it a travel guide? I bought a Frommer’s today. **
I was planning on doing an overnight trip to Ireland or Scotland. But in another thread Owlstretchingtime suggested a day trip to Paris. I think I may do that instead. If I decide to go instead to Scotland or Ireland, what should I do. I am really only going for the “I’ve Been There” experience. I wouldn’t have a ton of time. What really touristy destination should I see in either choice?
**If I go to Paris, should I make my Eurostar reservations before I leave home? Is that the CHUNNEL? **
Will I be ok if I stay outside of Central London? Like Hampstead or even Greenwich? I am looking at hotels in the Kensington area, but I see they get cheaper the further away from Parliament I get! Any advice on hotels? I want a private bathroom and a clean room. I don’t need the Four Seasons. I’m looking at known entities like Holiday Inns.
**Isn’t there some way I can back the amounts I pay for VAT? This is a vacation. no business. **
**Any advice on where to get the cheapest international phone calling cards? My wife and I are leaving out three year old with the grandpartents and I anticipate a daily check-in! **
**An odd question, but are there any street artists in London? When I went to Paris ten years ago, I bought my mother a beautiful painting on the bridge next to Notre Dame. It is one of her most cherished possessions (that guy was good!) She’s love it if I could get one from England to go with it! **
**Um…Ugly American time, but should I worry about Mad Cow’s Disease? **
**Mid-May Weather? Any advice? **
**I love the Beatles. Is there anything in the London vicinity I should look into? **
Sorry for the laundery list (especially that Mad Cow thing), but New York City intimidates me. London is going to be off the charts.