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I had planned bike across Europe when my husband retired 6 yrs ago. Those plans were dashed when Cozaar damaged my knees. After 4 yrs I can finally ride my exercise bike which is a thrill.

Taking b/p meds is difficult for me because of swallowing & stomach issues.

I assume with a Dr's note I could take my adrenal injection in case of a allergic reaction.

I need to take some dry food such as powdered milk, dry bread, raisens, apricots just enough to get by for a two wk trip.

Is it easy to get eggs, cheese, yogurt when eating out? I won't be able to eat most restaurant dishes because of heart burn & stomach issues but I must eat a certain amount to avoid heartburn.

Because of my knees I am limited in the number of steps I can take in a day. So taking a tour as my husband wants to do would present difficulties in keeping up with the group. My apha/beta blocker further adds to the walking problem.

Is it difficult to see Europe on one's own without being in a tour group?

Thanks for the encouragement. Fam
[QUOTE=famnd;3305513]I had planned bike across Europe when my husband retired 6 yrs ago. Those plans were dashed when Cozaar damaged my knees. After 4 yrs I can finally ride my exercise bike which is a thrill.

Taking b/p meds is difficult for me because of swallowing & stomach issues.

I assume with a Dr's note I could take my adrenal injection in case of a allergic reaction.

I need to take some dry food such as powdered milk, dry bread, raisens, apricots just enough to get by for a two wk trip.

Is it easy to get eggs, cheese, yogurt when eating out? I won't be able to eat most restaurant dishes because of heart burn & stomach issues but I must eat a certain amount to avoid heartburn.

Because of my knees I am limited in the number of steps I can take in a day. So taking a tour as my husband wants to do would present difficulties in keeping up with the group. My apha/beta blocker further adds to the walking problem.

Is it difficult to see Europe on one's own without being in a tour group?

Thanks for the encouragement. Fam

Yes, it is VERY easy to get yogurt, eggs, and cheese in Europe, and I can speak from experience...in much better quality and variety than here!!!

Europe is full of people with BP problems as well, so they are well attuned to these issues. There are pharmacies everywhere that can help in a flash...very different from say, a Walgreens here or similar. I developed a horrible ear infection in Switzerland that spread...a pharmacist who spoke not one word of english was able to understand what was wrong with me, and instantly prescribe something that worked in hours...and we couldn't even speak to one another!

I have had similar experiences in France and the Netherlands. Debates about health care systems can wait, but they way ahead of us in the pharmacy area IMO.

The tour group thing is a different issue. Honestly, and again this is just my opinion, you and your husband would do perfectly fine by yourselves with a first rate tour book (I recommend Rough Guide...I use these). You can pace yourselves at your own leisure, and not have your travel dictated by a tour.

Last piece of advice: look into renting a short term apartment rather than a hotel... cheaper, and you get to COOK what you want...taking advantage of all that wonderful food, and NOT worry about restaurants and sodium!!!

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