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1st trip to Europe by sminobe on 19 February 2005 2:17am
My daughter's 8th grade drama teacher is taking about 40 teens to London, Paris, Venice & Rome on a tour (4 cities in a whirlwind 10 days!). I get to "tag along". Sorta. Being a teen, my daughter doesn't want me along to embarrass her, so I'm planning a Shadow Tour -- I'm hoping to at least be in Europe at the same time & then to join her in Rome after her tour is over so we can do some more sightseeing.

I was thinking of Eurailing it. Any suggestions? We'll be starting in Rome on July 4 & need to end up in London by July 14.

Actually, since I'm not on the tour with the kids, I'll need something to do from June 25 (London) - July 4 (Rome). I'd love to tour the UK -- and maybe meet some of you folks!

I just found this interesting item online:

Hotel Fawlty Towers
Via Magenta 39
00185 Rome, Italy
Phone: +39064450374 / +39064454802
Fax: +390645435942
[email protected]

Anybody ever stay here?!
Re: 1st trip to Europe by intrepid on 20 February 2005 3:47pm
I know some Germans who didn't particularly enjoy their stay. You might want to also try the Bates Hotel,Quirnal. Try it once and you'll never stay anywhere else.
'Whirlwind' is right. Speaking personally, if you didn't want to shadow your daughter too closely (although if you did, you could make her first trip to Europe really memorable), I'd recommend choosing just 2 of those cities and spending some more quality time in both of those. I hope both of you have a blast.
Re: 1st trip to Europe by zak on 20 February 2005 4:15pm
If you go to London, Iíd recommend a coach trip around the city with a guide who speaks your language (or are you American? - I don't know!) And if you do decide to visit more of the UK outside of London, then Iíd recommend going to the county of Hampshire in the south on the south cost where you can visit towns like Winchester (Englandís old capital city before London) and Salisbury, but the decision is yours!
Re: 1st trip to Europe by jim on 21 February 2005 7:07pm
I agree with Zak about going to Hampshire.It really is a lovely County.
In London you have the Big Bus Tours where you can hop on and off all day. They cover all of the tourist sites.You will be here just after the longest day so it will not get dark until almost 10pm,another bonus!
Re: 1st trip to Europe by thomasmbrooks30 on 22 February 2005 12:54am
Good God! Someone else has actually heard of Hampshire! I thought us native Hampshire lot were forgotten by the rest of the world! LOL! Yes it is a mighty beautiful county we have, there's the South Downs, Portsmouth's historic ships, old Southampton, the New Forest, Winchester (thoroughly, thoroughly recommended), Danebury iron-age hill fort, and of course Jane Austen's house in the village of Chawton just outside my home town of Alton. GO HAMPSHIRE! *Wishes he was there instead of Leeds (Snowy Yorkshire)*
Re: 1st trip to Europe by Sophie-Louise on 22 February 2005 2:59pm
oh thomas you know how boring hampshire really is. if you are going to go there, don't go to alton! it's the most nothingness of nothingness, even worse than lincolnshire!
Re: 1st trip to Europe by jim on 22 February 2005 3:50pm
But at least they have decent size hills in Hampshire,Sophie-Louise.LOL
Re: 1st trip to Europe by sminobe on 22 February 2005 7:46pm
Thanks for the tips -- I'll try to find a tour guide who speaks, like, Californian!

I may also get a chance to visit Germany with a friend (luckily she is *totally* fluent in California-speak as well as, like, German).
Re: 1st trip to Europe by sminobe on 25 February 2005 12:58am
Any tips on which guidebook is best for the Budget Traveler or those that have really good directions (e.g.: turn left out of the tube station...)? I just need UK & France:
Rough Guides
Lonely Planet
Rick Steves

I'm hoping to get to Doune Castle (I've got my coconuts all ready to pack): http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/doune/dounecastle/

Just look at those huuuuuuuuuuuuge ... tracts of land!

Re: 1st trip to Europe by harvey123 on 25 February 2005 1:34pm
i went to hong kong-hated it! got followed round the supermarket by this pervy looking man. he followed me everywhere. i got so annoyed i told him to f**K off it was abit naughty but the perve was following me it probably was because i was the only blonde he'd seen in along while! It not europe i know but still..........
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