Bhante, thank you for the link to the centre. I'll be sure to pay it a visit.
Ben, thanks for the link to the lonelyplanet site -- it has all the information I need on hotels, flights and sightseeing!
Mawkish, thank you in advance for your wife's advice on hotels. I asked my mother (she's paying for the whole trip
) about the budget and she said "40-50 euros per night".
My philosophy is simple: saying 'yes' to the positive and 'no' to the negative; because the positive is so much better than the negative.