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Old 01-08-2004, 05:11 AM   #1
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I've backpacked around OZ earlier this year and am now thinking about Europe I'm off to Paris & Barcelona and I'm looking for advise on Hostels in these cities. I'm travelling alone and am not sure should I also bring a sleeping bag. In OZ you can hire sheets can you hire blankets & sheets in Europe.

Also any suggestions on where to visit while in these cities................thanks a million
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Welcome to the boards kilkeegirl!

ass places to stay in barcelona, I stayed in a hostel right on Ramblas(this is the one of the main streets in barcelona) and it was only $25 euros a night. There is plenty of things to see there. I took one of those tour buses that take you every where, and it was only $15 euros, and you are able to get off and on of the buss. I believe it starts running at 8am and ends at 9pm. so you have the whole day to get off and on. plenty of time to look at a lot of stuff in one day.

As for paris, I stayed like two blocks from Notre Dame. that was $50 euros for two people so, i would say for one person you could probable get it for $25 or $20 euros. As for paris I just walked every where!
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Welcome to the boards, kilkeegirl!

I don't think that a sleeping bag is necessary in Europe, unless you'll be doing lot's of camping. You can make a sleep sheet by simply taking a queen-size blanket at home, folding it in half, then sewing the bottom on up about halfway up the side. essentially, that's what it is. there is a thread on the packing forum that goes into it.

Too many places to list in those cities, in terms of where to visit. The tour bus that llemus talked about is a great idea. I did that in London and in Madrid. You can get a lot accomplished in a day by doing that.
I personally love to chill out at parks and cafe's. I often meet cool locals and other travelers in those places.
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To the boards!!!

my advise on this oneis short and sweet, sleep sheet a very big YES

Sleeping Bag, no UNLESS you think you my be without proper lodging for a night...
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Hi Kilkeegirl! I love Paris and Barcelona! In Paris, I stayed at the Aloha hostel. It's off of the Volontaires metro. It's pretty basic, the people are pretty nice. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either. It's very cheap! I think I paid less than 15 euros a night. Their breakfast is basic too, but enough to tie you in. In terms of things to do, Paris has so much to offer, if it will be your first time there, just try to do all of the major sites at first (see any guidebook), it may be touristy, but it is worth it! Then, if you have time left, just pick your favorite neighborhood and cafe in it, and just hang out!

In Barcelona, I stayed at the Kabul, which is one of the most popular hostels in the world. I chose to stay there, b/c my friend works there, but again, it is very basic. However, it is a party hostel, so if that's what you're looking for, you'll certainly meet a lot of people there! It's smacking in the middle of Plaza Real on Las Ramblas. Another hostel I would recommend is Gothic Point, near the Picasso Museum. It's newer so a bit more updated. The people there are very nice. You should call and make a reservation, especially on weekends. I think that Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world, it is pretty complete with city life, artsy life, history, beach, nightlife that never goes to sleep... You can ask anyone, and you're bound to find your favorite hangout place, for it is bursting with great restaurants/bars. Enjoy!
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I really liked the 'Young and Happy' hostel in Paris (i know, corny, corny name). 20 euros p/n for a dorm (about 6 people), it's in the latin quarter on rue mouffetard - details are in lonely planet. Its a great area, lots of market-type food stalls etc., and the hostel was probably THE friendliest and funnest one i've stayed in, its got a cute little bar area and the staff are fantastic.
They had sheets for hire too, blankets provided.
Wherever you end up staying, have a great trip!
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Thanks for your reviews! These will definitely help tons of travelers in the years to come!

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Thanks a million for the Advise, really looking forward to my trip to Paris & Barcelona I've really been impressed with the replys great web site!!!!!!!!
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