Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Travelling to Europe :)

This is a discussion on Travelling to Europe :) within the The Outback Terrace Bar forums, part of the Land Plants category; I will be leaving North America for the first time ever! I'm going on a ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    smartie2000's Avatar
    smartie2000 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Fren
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phrags, Paphs, Catts
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Edmonton, Canada
    Posts
    2,202
    Member's Country Flag

    Default Travelling to Europe :)


    I will be leaving North America for the first time ever! I'm going on a 10 day tour of europe. It will be a guided tour, though there will be some free time too.

    I'll be visiting Rome, Florence, Padova, Lucerne, Dijon, Paris and London.

    I'm very excited since it will be a new experience to me and I am not 100% sure what to expect. Anyone visit these places and have some advice? I didn't expect a vacation but my mom decided to do it For sure I will bring my camera! I don't plan to bring any plants back, I've heard that orchids are expensive over there...

    I have first blooming plants in bud/sheath too...hopefully they don't abort while I'm gone. Some pictures I just took of my plants tonight.
    Paph Pinocchio

    Paph Maudiae ‘Los Osos’ AM/AOS x Red Pepper

    Paph Magic Lantern

    Paph niveum

    Phrag Albopurpureum might just open before I go...It never bloomed last year when I got it since the centre of the plant rotted for an unknown reason.

    plus a bunch of reliable blooming phals have unopened buds

    maybe I will get more sheaths since I'm packing my luggage

    I won't really have a plant sitter, since my brother grows nothing in the house. He has no plant experience at all, and I'm thinking getting him to water will be akward. I think I am just going to make him refill the humidifier everyday, I hope that is enough. And to water the moisture loving phrags for sure.

    I think I'm going to try to fit all my plants inside my closet by setting up another shop light and shelf, then there will be no direct sunlight to dry them out, and it will be a small humid area.

    How about also sitting my collection in shallow water (just enough water to dry in 3 days, I have too many)? Maybe just get him to try to keep my soon to bloom plants from aborting, I'm thinking a watering halfway through the vacation on those 5 plants.

    I don't want to overwhelm him since I have three fish tanks and a outdoor garden plus houseplants and my mom's orchids, none of them he was ever held responsible for.

    Anyway what to do in Europe and any plant vaccation care suggestions?

  2. #2
    hcubed's Avatar
    hcubed is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Oncidium alliance
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Hamburg, Germany
    Posts
    625

    Default

    Been to Paris - be prepared for LOTS of tourists at this time of year, which means long lines and waiting at the most popular tourists points.

    I personally would highly recommend the Rodin Musuem. And check out Napoleon's grave - it's a BIG tomb-like thing in the middle of the city - just remember how big he was and then notice how big the tomb is!

    In all of them though don't forget to just wander around enjoying the city, not on any tourist schedule (if you can), write postcards in a cafe, etc. Those are the moments when you really get a feel for a city.

  3. #3
    hcubed's Avatar
    hcubed is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Oncidium alliance
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Hamburg, Germany
    Posts
    625

    Default

    Oh, and I doubt that finding plants to take home would be easy anyway, you won't just find them in the flower shops in the city. Flower shops around here sell exclusively noid phals (and NO dirt, oddly enough) and the hardware stores (never in the city center, way to big) sell a wider variety but still noids. You would have to do some research and mostly get out of the city to find any grower with something of interest. So I don't think you will be tempted much in that respect.

  4. #4
    murgdan's Avatar
    murgdan is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phal, Paph, Phrag
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    440

    Default

    I've been to Rome, Florence, and Paris---you will have a great experience. The good thing about those tours is the fact that everything is pretty much laid out for you. Your hotels, travel, food and a lot of activities will be taken care of while you are there. In Paris we fell in love with the Musee d'Orsay--a beautiful impressionist museum built in an old train station.
    In Florence don't miss your chance to catch the view from the top of the Duomo in the center---it's not to be passed up (even if the climb was a bit of a challenge)
    If your tour has guided activities it is easiest just to go along with them, because they will make sure you see the highlights of the cities...and with that little time in each one of them you would need that kind of organization.

    Also--as far as watering. In 10 days I wouldn't think they would need to be watered more than one time...right in the middle. And if you leave them in a darker place maybe not even at all. Think about it...the day you leave you water in the morning...and you water the day you get back...so in the end it is just 8 days. It may not be what they are used to in your excellent care, but it shouldn't be enough to do them serious damage. I was worried when I went away for 3 weeks...but my stepmom did almost too good of a job (I didn't take into account the change in humidity from my house to her basement) and a couple of plants stayed too wet and a few phals lost some roots!

    Have a great time!!!

  5. #5
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is online now Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    34,003
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Oh Fren, you will have a wonderful time! Florence will knock your socks off with her beauty. IF your are with a group on the tour, get what you can, but find time to just get away and meet people. Be careful though. I was with a group of 26 students that I took on a study abroad trip to Italy and I was targeted by two women pick-pockets. One had a baby and the other a newspaper. The just came right up to me and the baby started crying on cue. One lady put the paper in my face and was pointing at something in it, while the other got behind me and was pointing from around my back. LOL. I had everything I owned attached to my body, so they go away with nothing, but it was scary. As my tour guide ran at them shouting something in Italian, they took off pulling on my watch hard. But it did not leave with them. After that, I really kept my eyes open as to the dangerous spots. But, all that said, Florenza is wonderful and so inspiring for an artist. And without saying, while in Roma visit the Vatican City. In 2000, when I was there, the Sistine Chapel ceiling was just about completely restored. It was so beautiful!!

    Your plants should be fine while you are away. Do as Cindy suggests, water the day you leave, keep them in lower light, and when you return, give them water again. Also, having your brother there to fill the humidifier should be a big help.

    Cheers,
    BD

  6. #6
    hcubed's Avatar
    hcubed is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Oncidium alliance
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Hamburg, Germany
    Posts
    625

    Default

    I have mixed feelings about the Musee D'Orsay myself. I waited in a line around the block to get in and as a friend described it, it is set up like a supermarket and they like hurding the tourists past things. Lots and lots of attention for the impressionist paintings, Monet, etc. So much so that I could barely get a look at them.

    I did however LOVE other, less frequented parts of the museum, for example a room and bathroom in art nouveau with a sink growing out of a flower bud. I would love to see that again!

    I personally really liked wandering around the area of Les Halles - there is an old church there with a very interesting sculpture set into the pavement in front.

  7. #7
    sarraceniac's Avatar
    sarraceniac is offline Member
    Real Name
    John
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phaleanopsis, cattleya.
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Yorkshire Coast, England
    Posts
    46
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Hi Fren, I can't advise anyone on orchids, I am a rank beginner but I am an experienced European - lol.

    So. Rome. An Italian friend once said to me 'Roma, she suck'. Well that is not quite right but do beware of street vendors, particularly near the Vatican, trying to sell souvenirs, 'blessed by the Pope'. They are always a scam. Buy souvenirs of course but not in the street.

    Florence is beautiful. All the art galleries and museums are fantastic. I think your tour will take care of that. Try and eat on the Ponte Vecchio.

    Paris is my favorite city in the world. You could spend 10 days there and still not see all the sights. Try to go to the Sacre Coeur. Not as old as Notre Dame but fantastic. And a ride on a bateau-mouche up the Seine.

    Just one other thing (I could go on) in Dijon if you like food bring some genuine mustard home. It is not like the supermarket mustard. Superb!

    John

  8. #8
    JUDIUK is offline Senior Member
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phalaenopsis cymbidium dendrob
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Harpham in East Yorkshire UK
    Posts
    1,113

    Default

    Too right! I wouldn't buy orchids in the UK! I salivate at the prices you guy's quote! And unless you go to a specialist nursery, just about the only thing you find is Phal noids! Judi Great photos by the way!

  9. #9
    smartie2000's Avatar
    smartie2000 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Fren
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phrags, Paphs, Catts
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Edmonton, Canada
    Posts
    2,202
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Thanks for sharing your stories and experiences. I enjoyed reading them, and I will try to make a note of those places which I should go, and buy (I wasn't sure what to buy, I'll get dijon mustard!). I should bring a notebook too!

    BD's pickpocketing story was quite funny, lol.
    I remember my french teacher told us she was pickpocketted on le métro by a little girl. She said children of low income families from nearby countries are sent to tourist sites to pickpocket and when they are arrested they are told not to say anything to the police since they will be released the next day. I wish I remember more french, it has been two years since I used it.

    Also I am going to have to write a schedule for my brother. Just the humdifier, fish, phrags and those five budded plants, outdoor potted plants will need attention. I've gotta pack up, exchange for more euros (I think I need some more), drill some more holes in the wall closet for a temporary shop light (I probably have to remove all clothes in there to make room, the muffin fans will have to be turned off but the humidifier will be on 24/7 instead of only the day time)...

  10. #10
    murgdan's Avatar
    murgdan is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phal, Paph, Phrag
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    440

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by hcubed View Post
    I have mixed feelings about the Musee D'Orsay myself. I waited in a line around the block to get in and as a friend described it, it is set up like a supermarket and they like hurding the tourists past things. Lots and lots of attention for the impressionist paintings, Monet, etc. So much so that I could barely get a look at them.

    I did however LOVE other, less frequented parts of the museum, for example a room and bathroom in art nouveau with a sink growing out of a flower bud. I would love to see that again!

    I personally really liked wandering around the area of Les Halles - there is an old church there with a very interesting sculpture set into the pavement in front.

    Ooooh...that doesn't sound nice at all! When we went it was winter, there was no line, and we were able to wander around for as long as we desired...maybe that's why I liked it so much. (so it will surely be packed in July!)

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.