A Little help PLEASE!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Well my friends I am pretty sure most of you know in just over 3 months my beautiful girl will finish high school and we are heading off to Europe to celebrate. I know I am biased but she is a truly amazing girl and her and I have been planning this in our heads since she was about 7 and she turns 17 this week... We haven't been overseas before (well my hubby has been to the US and NZ with work and I have been to Singapore but many, many moons ago) so it is a huge adventure. So I am hoping that all my well traveled blogging friends may share some of their wisdom especially if they have a favourite place to stay etc as looking for accommodation on the other side of the world a little intimidating....but at this stage this is our sort of itinerary.

There will be 5 of us traveling...
3 nights London
5 - 7 nights Paris
7 days driving around the French countryside
1 night Nice
1 night Verona
2 nights Venice
3 days car hire through Maggiore
3 nights Rome........
If anyone has any suggestions I would so appreciate it :)

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.
-Christopher Reeve

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16 comments

  1. Hi Cathy,
    Your trip sounds wonderful! We have two daughters and have been traveling overseas with them since they were younger (they are now 17 & 19!), we even visited Australia! We have found all of our accommodations through the "Rick Steves" European travel books and have not once been let down. They truly are an excellent source for most of your travel needs to Europe. I would highly recommend them. Happy planning and best wishes to your daughter on her graduation!

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  2. Hi Cathy, one of my blogging friends just did a tour of US, London, Paris ending in Egypt I think. She is Rustic Tarts she did a separate blog for the trip. I know they did some amazing things in Paris, like cooking classes and cheese tasting as well as the usual tourist stuff so maybe head on over to her blog and see I am sure there is a link on her main blog. I think they went in March or April of this year.

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  3. Oh what a wonderful time it will be.
    Alison

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  4. Oh Cathy
    You must be so excited.. and your little girl.. almost finished high school.. I hope things go smoothly for her on the next few months [exams?]

    Well.. I have been to all these places and as you know Venice is one of my favourites.. so was Paris and Rome

    I always tell everyone travelling to Rome to go the the Piazza Navona, particularly at twilight or evening when the fountains are all lit up.. and also you must do the Vatican Museum and Sistine chapel... truly amazing...

    I think my favourite way to travel is just to let what will find me... I know you will have a fabulous time... xxx Julie

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  5. Hi there!
    I'm just reading your blog and..I have some suggestions: Amsterdam (The Netherlands) must be *smile* and one (of even more) cities in Scandinavia (Kopenhagen, Stokholm, Oslo..) are also very beautiful!
    Wish you a nice trip!
    Greetings from Amsterdam,

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  6. Hi Cathy, this trip is going to be fabulous.

    Here is a link that I have in my bookmarks for when we get back to Paris http://www.parisperfect.com/apartments-for-rent-in-paris/cabernet.php Also, when we were in Rome, we stayed in a lovely little hotel right near the "Spanish Steps" called Hotel White (doesn't sound very Italian, does it!?!?!?!)Hope this helps. Sx

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  7. Sounds like a great trip and reminds me of the first time that I came to Europe - 15 years ago.

    If you need somewhere to stop between Paris and Nice we have a two bedroom apartment which sleeps 5.

    Also have an Australian friend who has an apartment in Paris but would need to check with her on availability. Let me know if you want me to ask her :-)

    A bientot,

    Leeann x

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  8. You will all love Europe.
    Visit the north part of Sweden sometimes, here is much to see :-)

    hugs
    Katarina

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  9. Eat, shop and stay in Marais in Paris!!!!! We have been there over and over again :-) And walk almost every where you need to go in Paris.

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  10. This sounds wonderful. We stayed last year in London with my 3 boys at The Park City at Kensington. Great location, great service and not too expensive. Highly recommended and close to all the great museums, park(and shops)of Kensington. Another place, 3 beds in Chelsea is owned by an Australian woman. Let me know if you would like her contact details. Have fun!

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  11. Hi Cathy,
    Your trip with your daughter will be a memory you will share forever! Having lived in Europe for almost 6 years (Germany) and traveled, it is so hard to narrow it down! I don't have favorite "hotels" or places to eat, but I do have a favorite way to travel...

    If arriving by train, (or bus) I ALWAYS go to the postcard stand first and look at postcards for that area and see what sight is on the cards. I buy a few cards and take them with me and then I know what is a "must see" for that area and also get a little info about that place as well.

    If language is a problem, then I just show the card to the taxi driver and he knows exactly where I want to go. Then I have no heavy travel books to carry with me. This especially works well when landing in little villages on the spur of the moment to "just see" what is there and exploring.

    Then, I mail the postcard to myself, after writing about my adventurous day and when I get home, I get my own journal and memory waiting for me in the post! I rarely planned out my travels - I always "just went" and let it just happened. Tell us all about it when you return!

    Oh, if you can, stop by my Shop Talk blog to see a display contest I am holding for inspiration for Shop Owners. Submit a photo of a display you created this month - there is a little prize. We all need inspiration! :-)

    Love
    elizabeth

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  12. Hi Cathy, my husband and 2 children just returned from our 2nd trip (as a family) from France, Italy and Greece.
    We had a wonderful time and only wish we could have more time in France.
    My suggestions for Paris would defiantly be to look for an apartment to rent. Most are a 7 day/night min but are excellent value. There are many websites. It is the most cost effective way as many hotels in and around the city are extremely expensive. We took the fast train down to the South and based in Aix Em Provence, took daily drives out to many areas. We choose our hotels based on availability and Trip Advisor which we found to have very detailed and up to date, honest options. Verona is sensational - look for a night at the outdoor opera and in Venice be careful in the crowds around St Marks Square.
    But by all accounts plan your days in advance so you have a bit of a plan to follow in Paris- eg: day 1 settle in, walk in the Tuileries Gardens & the bridges Day 2 -Versailles & Eiffel Tower etc. Maximise your time, take the metro where you can and if possible, as a special treat, take in a show like the Lido or Moulin Rouge. I hope this is of some help. Enjoy Bon Voyage, its the most beautiful city in the world.

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  13. Hi Cathy, my husband and 2 children just returned from our 2nd trip (as a family) from France, Italy and Greece.
    We had a wonderful time and only wish we could have more time in France.
    My suggestions for Paris would defiantly be to look for an apartment to rent. Most are a 7 day/night min but are excellent value. There are many websites. It is the most cost effective way as many hotels in and around the city are extremely expensive. We took the fast train down to the South and based in Aix Em Provence, took daily drives out to many areas. We choose our hotels based on availability and Trip Advisor which we found to have very detailed and up to date, honest options. Verona is sensational - look for a night at the outdoor opera and in Venice be careful in the crowds around St Marks Square.
    But by all accounts plan your days in advance so you have a bit of a plan to follow in Paris- eg: day 1 settle in, walk in the Tuileries Gardens & the bridges Day 2 -Versailles & Eiffel Tower etc. Maximise your time, take the metro where you can and if possible, as a special treat, take in a show like the Lido or Moulin Rouge. I hope this is of some help. Enjoy Bon Voyage, its the most beautiful city in the world.

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  14. I am a retired travel agent and have been to Europe too many times to count.
    2 wee suggestions.
    Paris.Visit the Marmottan Musee.Monets son's house ..smaller,not crowded and lovely .
    In Venice you may want to stay just outside the city and take the train into Venice.Much cheaper .trainride is about 15 min.While there spend most of your time onthe vaparetas( the public transport) on the canals.

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  15. What a truly great experience for you and your Daughter to share. I have always wanted to go to Europe, I just haven't had the time. Hope you have a safe and wonderful trip!

    xx,
    Michelle

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  16. We did the same thing when my daughter graduated high school! It was so much fun. My recommendation would be to go the apartment option whenever you can. And there are some that will rent them out for one or two nights. They are cheaper than hotels, give you more room and best of all a KITCHEN - even if all you do is get up and fix a cup of coffee and some cereal - it's wonderful. They are usually in better locations than the hotels, too. Have fun!

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