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Old 03-12-2013, 01:25 PM   #16
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In for your PTR!
That's great! I was wondering if anyone ever read what I was writing- or went....nah...this is too boring...

I just got my Turkey write-up updated!!! I think I could have written for days.

And I am still waiting on my confirmation of payment - the travel agent was using the wrong expiry date so it wasn't going through - she is going to try again now - I can't wait until I can breathe a sigh of relief that everything is paid!!!
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Villefranche Beach

I was looking tonight to see if I could find a map of my walking tour in Villefranche. I didn`t find my map, but I found some information on the local beach with sand. Sandy beaches in the Riviera area rare - so this was a nice find.

It is not a that far a walk from the dock (I would say about 2 km) - go right (East) from the tender dock and follow the shoreline. And it would be on our way to our hike we were planning in Cap Ferrat.

http://www.plagesmed.fr/plages/alpes...res-plage.html

Now it will be a national holiday the day we are in town - so who knows how busy it will be
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Hi Heather: Of course I'm in, we are on the same cruise!!Loving reading about all of your plans so far!!

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Menu for Cooking in Tuscany

PIF PIF PIF

We had a little hiccup yesterday, when DCL was putting in our expiry date wrong for our payment - and they said our payment was declined. But a quick call and all was resolved and we are PIF.....flights, cruise, hotel. Now we get to save up for the fun things.

As I said before, I am crazy with my vacation spreadsheets. I want no surprises. I have all the expenses worked out to the nickel (they got rid of the penny here in Canada). My spreadsheet even changes totals as the exchange rates change. Besides the total cost, I have everyone's totals by person (depending on excursion selection), with tip, without tip....you name it I have it covered.

Anyway....

My next task at hand is to confirm our menu for our Tuscan Cooking class. I am so excited. I saw today that DCL was promoting their Tuscan Cooking excursion on Facebook - looked great - but I know mine is going to be even more fabulous

So here's my choices - I get to pick one from each category for us to make that day:

Starters - Verdure fritte, Bruschetta, Panzanella, Insalata di farro alle verdure, Verdure grigliate al peperoncino, Pappa al pomodoro or Crostini ai funghi caldi e freddi e crostini ai fegatini

1st Course - Minestra di ceci, Minestra di farro Farro, Risotto porri e salsiccia, Risotto allo scoglio,Tagliatelle o risotto ai funghi/zucchini/carciofi/asparagi, Ravioli burro e salvia, Ravioli or tagliatelle con sugo povero toscano, Tagliatelle con ragu toscano

2nd Course - Fettine di manzo alla pizzaiola, Bracioline rifatte , Pollo alla cacciatora, Filetto di maiale con funghi, Filetto di maiale in crosta, Pomodori e zucchini ripieni, Maiale O manzo/ vitello al Chianti, Spezzatino di Manzo/Vitello in umido con fagiolini, Spezzatino di Manzo/Vitello in umido con le patate, Fagioli rifatti con la salsiccia, Seppie o branzino e verdure al forno, Melanzane alla parmigiana Aubergine, Fagiolini in umido, Melanzane alla pizzaiola

Addition - Pizza for the kids

Dessert - Torta della nonna, Crostata di frutta, Necci alla ricotta, Tiramisu tradizionale, Tiramisu alle fragole
Salamino, Cantuccini

Crazy, huh? Good thing each item had a description next to it

With a little help from Arianna, I think I am leaning towards:

1. Panzanella (Bread ‘salad’ with cucumber and tomatoes - because the kids get to squeeze out the bread with their hands)
2. Tagliatelle con sugo povero toscano (Tagliatelle with a fresh vegetable sauce (tomate, zucchini, carrots) and cheese)
3. Pizza (because all kids want to learn how to make Pizza in Italy)
4. Maiale al Chianti (Pork in Chianti sauce)
5. Tiramisu alle fragole (Strawberry Tiramisu)

What do you think???? Am I missing something obvious - or do you think I covered all my basis?

We are starting our cooking at 10:00 - my Dad says too bad it's too early to start drinking wine.... Personally I think anytime is a good time to start drinking wine on a Tuscan farm.

I definitely think this is going to be my favourite day.

PS This is a surprise for the kids.....they know nothing about it.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:06 PM   #20
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Travel with Kids - Travel show

I found a cute little travel show today while looking for videos on gladiators for my DS-3. The show is called Travel with Kids (and aired on PBS). My three year old watched the entire Rome episode with the Gladiators without even a budge:

Show on Rome (including Gladiator school)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXo1ApC2R9E

Here's another shows on Rome (including the Vatican)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh9Y6qahziY

Florence & Tuscany (only available in US)
http://www.hulu.com/watch/298166#i0,p35,d0

Another quick snippit on Pisa, Florence & Tuscany
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uum5tjLr2Vs

Another one for those going to Venice (not us this time )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgolF6dLCp4

And finally one on Greece (only available in US)
http://www.hulu.com/watch/285035#i0,p30,d0
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Tickets to climb the Tower of Pisa

I went on to double check that the bookmark I had for booking tickets to climb the Leaning Tower of Pisa hadn’t changed. It’s a good thing I did – they changed their policy – in 2011 you could start booking your tickets 45 days prior to your visit. Now you can ONLY BOOK BETWEEN 20-12 DAYS PRIOR. You can purchase a maximum of 10 tickets (for every 15 minute interval). Children 8 and up only allowed and tickets are €18 (regardless of adult or child). [My DS -4 is out of luck again - he already knows though and says that he gets to go back again when his legs grow longer]

Here’s all the details if anyone out there is interested in doing this on their own.

PS: Last time we bought in advance and bypassed a lineup that was wrapped around the building and we would of skipped altogether if we didn't pre-book

http://boxoffice.opapisa.it/Turisti/...ion=T&sp=SHome

The visit is absolutely not recommended for people with cardiovascular and muscular disorders. The ascent is on foot and there are 297 steps. For safety reasons, children under the age of 8 are not permitted to enter. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Data:
In order to make an online purchase, you will need: an identity document, a credit card, the name of a visitor or group leader, and an e-mail address. The data submitted must be that of a person taking part in the visit. At the end of the operation, the following will be sent to the e-mail address indicated: confirmation of purchase, a ticket for each selection made, the order code (this needs to be memorised) and full information about the visit.

Time:
Online tickets are limited to 10 in number. If the time chosen is not available, you can try at the ticket offices on site.

Check the time of your visit. Any delay not attributable to this institution will not give any right to reimbursement. The ticket for the visit to the Leaning Tower will not be valid for any later visit. Before the visit, any bags/baggage must be left at the cloakroom. The visit takes about 40 minutes. Cameras and video cameras may be used.

CHILDREN
Visits to the Tower For safety reasons, children under the age of 8 are not permitted in the Tower. Children aged 8 or more may visit the Tower with a full-price ticket. Under-18s may enter only in the company of an adult responsible for them. An identity document may be requested to certify the age of the child.

Visits to other buildings and museums Children aged 10 years or less have free entry, provided that they are accompanied by an adult. For children aged more than 10 years, an ordinary ticket is required.

PRICES
Leaning Tower €18 (this ticket cannot be combined with others)
Cathedral admission free (ticket included in combinations)
one building/museum €5.00
two buildings/museums €7.00
three buildings/museums €8.00
complete visit €9.00
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:26 PM   #22
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Delos Side-excursion?

I just found out from one of the Platinums on my trip that the DCL excursion to Delos is from 10:15 - 4:00pm. (There is also an 8ish one as well - but I don't have confirmation on when that one comes back).

That means if I go to Delos on the 10:15 excursion, I won't have time to wander Mykonos.

Hmmmm....I was originally thinking that my Dad & I would go over to Delos in the morning and meet everyone to wander Mykonos in the afternoon. I'm not sure if that is going to be possible with a DCL tour if they are running 6 hours.

Also, it was noted in many places that the water between Mykonos and Delos can be rough - and if you suffer from sea sickness make sure you take gravol prior to getting on the ferry. [Which might rule out my father all together]

So.....do it on my own? hmmm.... I took some time tonight looking up that possibility....here is what I found:

Boats leave at 9AM, 10AM and 11AM from the pier at the west side of the harbour, right behind the little church of Agios Nikolaos. The boat trip takes about 30 minutes. Boats return at 12:15PM, 1:30PM and 3PM. Boat trips to Delos are also organized from Platys Gialos and Paranga Beach.

The excavations are open from 8:30AM to 3PM, so have an early start if you really want to see it all. The cost is 17 Euros for the boat trip plus 5 Euros for entrance (though free for students and 3 Euros for those over 65). A guided tour, departing at 10AM from the pier in Mykonos, will cost 40 Euros (including boat trip and entrance fee).

You will get a good map with different coloured tours. You can walk around by yourself or explore the exhibits with a guide.

You can buy guidebooks at the ticket booth at the entrance of the excavation. Some shops in Mykonos sell the same books for double the price.

Official Delos Brochure:
http://www.visitgreece.gr/deployedFi...IL_Dilos_W.pdf

Map of the Delos Ruins
http://www.planetware.com/map/delos-...p-gr-gr105.htm

Description on Delos
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/greece/delos

A very informative blog on Delos a must read if you going on your own. And if you cant decide if Delos is for you&.a great preview
http://mygreecetravelblog.com/2012/0...-to-get-there/
http://mygreecetravelblog.com/2012/0...of-greek-gods/
http://mygreecetravelblog.com/2012/0...e-indoors-out/

Some great photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/heimdal...7627791957268/
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:10 PM   #23
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Top 10 Things to Do in Athens

I found this article on the Top 10 Things to Do in Athens and thought I should share it.

I especially like tip number #9 The Poet

We only have one day so our current plan (which is everchanging) is to see all the highlights of Athens including the parliament and the changing of the guards (wearing the traditional costume), the tomb of the unknown soldier, the national garden, the ancient marble panathenaic stadium, the academy of fine arts, the university of Athens, the national library, the arch of Handrian, the temple of Zeus, and then visit the monuments of the acropolis, the Acropolis museum and the plaka, of course a proper Greek Lunch at a Taverna, and whatever else I can squeeze into the day.

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http://www.athensguide.com/top-10/index.htm

Top 10 Things to Do in Athens

1) The Parthenon:
Even if you don't care about archaeology or the fact that if it were not for the ancient Greeks you might be living in a far less civilized way, you can't come to Athens and not visit the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. Yes I know that there are actually Athenians who have never climbed the steps to see one of the wonders of the ancient world, the reason millions of people come to their city, the spectacular building that symbolizes some of the highest achievments of mankind. But that's no excuse. If you do nothing else on your visit to Athens, this is the one thing you should do. Since you can buy a ticket that allows you to see the other major archaeological sites that day I can free up some of my top ten space since the Theater of Herod Atticus, Theater of Dionysious and the Ancient Agora and even Keramiekos are all included among others, in the price of admission. Oh yeah and don't forget the new Acropolis Museum.

2) The National Archaeological Museum:
Yes it is a 45 minute walk from Syntagma but this is one of the great museums of the world, right up there with ummmmm, well those other great ones. You won't find a better collection of ancient Greek sculpture, jewelery, pottery, and the Antikythera Device, a 2000 year old computer found in the shipwreck off the island of Antikithera will have you wondering just how advanced those ancient Greeks actually were. Athens has a lot of museums and depending on your interest you may find another that is more interesting, like if you love coins, the Nuimismatic Museum or if you like religious Icons the Byzantine Museum or if you like weapons the War Museum or if you want to see a continuous history from ancient to modern Greece go to the Benaki Museum which I actually like better. But in terms of importance you can't beat the National Archaeological Museum. But don't go on Sunday because only 8 of the 64 galleries are open and you don't even get a discounted price.

3) The Agora-Athens Central Market:
No matter how you feel about fish, meat and vegetables you won't find a more lively place than the Central market on Athinas Street. Whether you come early in the morning to watch the trucks unload because you are jet-laggedand suffer from insomnia or you visit between 7am and 1 pm with the majority of the Athenian shoppers, a walk through the market will probably change how you feel about shopping and may make you wish you had an apartment with a kitchen so you could join in. The restaurants in the meat market can't be beat for good food at a cheap price at any time of the day or night. And if that is not enough the Market is also the beginning of Athens Chinatown and Eolou Street, the pedestrian shopping district. But watch your wallet or handbag when wandering through the crowds.

4) Mount Lycabettus:
Maybe you took one look at this green mountain rising out of the center of Athens and said to yourself "I hope there is nothing important up there because I really don't feel like climbing a mountain". There is somethingimportant up there. An amazing view. Also a great cafe, not to mention an ampitheatre where you can see such renown acts as Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel, James Brown and many other acts who visit Greece in the summer. In fact I would say that between Lycabettus and the Theatre of Herod Atticus below the Acropolis, there is no more impressive place to see your favorite band or musician. And you don't have to climb. There is a strange looking train that will take you almost to the top. Walking down is a lot offun and you never know which neighborhood you are going to end up in. If it seems too daunting a task climbing Philopapou Hill is a good substitute and right across the road from the Acropolis.

5) The Plaka:
A walk through the oldest neighborhood in Athens is a must and one of the most plesaureable activities especially in the early evening. There are hundreds of shops from kitchy tourist to the workshops of some really great artisans. Thereare several good restaurants where you can sit outside almost year round. There are also some nice little ouzeries that are cozy when it is too cold to sit outside. The famous Brettos distillary on Kydatheneon could be in this top 10 list on its own. The out-door Cine Paris where you can watch a move on the roof of a building below the lit walls of the Acropolis could too. There are ancient Greek and Roman ruins scattered around as well as some beautiful 19th century and older buildings and several Byzantinechurches. Lets not forget Anafiotika, the neighborhood closest to the stone slope of the Acropolis where you can wander around and feel like you are on an island in the middle of the Aegean instead of an island in the middle of a modern city. Best time to be here? Apokreas.

6) Psiri:
With the up and coming areas like Gazi getting more popular we should not overlook Psiri with its endless small streets of cafes, ouzeries, restaurants, bars, clubs, theatresand galleries, all within a minute's walk from Athinas and Ermou streets or Monastiraki square. Join the crowds on a weekend night, especially during Apokreas, Greece's Carnival. Psiri came of age as the center of Athens nightlife during the 2004 Olympics and regardess of what people say about its commercialism, you won't find a cooler place to be in any city in Europe or America. You can feel the buzz as you walk past cafes where a hundred people are talking, drinking and smoking simultaneously or you can find a tiny little cafe on a back street with two or three tables and a guy grilling soupia (cuttlefish) or octopus. Or find a nice ouzerie in Platia Iroon where some rembetis are playing un-plugged.

7) The Temple Of Poseidon at Sounion:
On a hill overlooking the sea at the very tip of the Attiki Peninsula on a spot that could not be more perfect for an ancient site of worship is the Temple of Poseidon, God of the Sea, which boasts not only the carved grafitti of Lord Byron but the best sunsets after Santorini. There is a small beach below and a sea that looks and feels like the islands, as well as two small fish tavernas and many more on the way there and back. Go in the late afternoon, have a swim and an ouzo and some mezedes and see the temple and watch the sunset before going back to Athens for a quick shower and a nap before going out to dinner and maybe out on the town later. OK is not really in Athens but you still need to come here. Its only an hour away.

8) Monastiraki Flea Market:
It is not really a flea market in the way most of us think of them, except for Sunday when people seem to come from the hills to lay out their blankets and sell all sorts of stuffthat may be junk to you but of real value to someone else. Its a mob scene but worth the experience even if you just sit in the cafes overlooking the ancient agora and the metro tracks on Adrianou Street watching the parade of shoppers, street musicians and African bootleg DVD sellers running from the cops. During the week it an assortment of tourist shops, clothing stores, fur and jewerly stores dotted with some pretty interesting shops, especially if you like vintage vinyl and rare CDs or really stupid T-shirts. Monastiraki Square is still one of the most lively squares in Athens and at night it is filled with young people, street venders and pickpockets.

9)The Poet:
Where else in the world can you find a guy who is a published poet, a really famous one at that, whose works have been translated into English, French, German and Italian and his best known work The Rubaiyat is on the curriculum of a number of American universities and is one of the most beautiful tributes to wine and life that I know of, and who makes sandals for a living? Melissinos has touched the feet of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Sophia Loren, Jackie Kennedy, Rudolph Nureyev, Margo Fontaine, Anthony Quinn, George Pappard, Ursula Andress, and Gary Cooper among others as he fitted them for his sandals which are based on ancient Greek designs and are as famous as his poetry. You may say "Wait a second! How can you justify putting a tiny shop with a little old man making sandals in your top ten along with the Acropolis, the National Museum, the Temple of Poseidon and entire neighborhoods?" The answer is: Easily. Visit him on tiny Ag Theklas street across from Monastiraki Square or visit his statue someday and say "Damn. I could have met him in person and bought some sandals too".

10) Pireaus:
This was the hardest because there were so many places I had to leave off after choosing number ten or I would have to go back and remove one of the other nine. In the running were the National Gardens, the African rain forest in the middle of Athens which should not be missed whether it is in the top ten or not. Or how about the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the largest of all the Greek temples that took almost a thousand years to complete. Or Kerameikos, the ancient cemetery of Athens, or the First Cemetery of Athens where all the most famous modern Greeks are buried and is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. Certainly Phillipapou and the hill of the Pnyx where such famous Athenians as Aristides, Demosthenes, Pericles and Themistocles used to speak to the Democratic Assembly in the 5th Century BC deserves to be in my top ten. Or the Benaki Museum! But in the end my final entry was the Port of Pireaus. Why? Well, because for me there is no better feeling than going to the harbor and getting on a ferry boat and sailing off to a Greek island. As much as I love Athens, there is a feeling of having escaped as you sail out of the port and onto the Aegean sea and you gaze over the waves at the white sea of apartment buildings and look for those famous landmarks of the Acropolis, Lykabettus and Phillipapou or the mountains of Hymettos, Pendeli and Parnitha. Yeah I guess choosing Pireaus is sort of a cop-out but I think that once you visit all these places I have mentioned and find yourself on a ferry steaming towards the Greek Islands you might agree with me.
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European Magnets

We had a lot of fun decorating our door last time for our Med Cruise. So I thought I should start looking for some MM images specific to our ports.
Of course we’ll have the standard DIS magnets and I picked up some Disney Princess Paper Doll Magnets (which should be fun).
Here are some of the designs I found online.

GREECE

http://parksandresorts.wdpromedia.co.../opa982349.jpg


http://www.simonphipps.com/artwork/3...eek-Mickey.jpg

FRANCE

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4119/4...24e69dcd_z.jpg


http://www.littleflowerschool.co.uk/...%20Painter.gif

Mickey & Minnie in Paris
http://images2.fanpop.com/images/pho...?1363511649519

ITALY

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4141/4...482b90ee_z.jpg


http://land.allears.net/blogs/jacksp...ilion%2083.jpg


http://www.fumetto-online.it/ew/ew_a..._volumi001.jpg

Turkey

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FdwPzlVoOT..._hero_mmch.jpg

Malta
http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs9/i/200..._by_Dimkas.jpg


http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs9/i/200..._by_Dimkas.jpg
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http://www.saintjohn.gr/

Can I ask what does the 30 euro get you? Can't find the info
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http://www.saintjohn.gr/

Can I ask what does the 30 euro get you? Can't find the info
The 30 Euros get you transportation to and from the Port and the use of the private resort for the day.

I first found out about it going through the cruise critic site and then looking them up at tripadvisor. I checked out their website as well but didn't see anything about day passes either. I looks like it is through word of mouth (they don't advertise on their website) and you contact them via email. Here were two of the good links I found:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...t+johns+resort
http://cruiseforums.cruisecritic.com....php?t=1641336

Hope this helps. I know that WDW Princess 71 ended up booking it after I mentioned it on our meet thread. She is really excited about it - and I can't wait to hear all about it:-)

Let me know if you end up going...and how beautiful it was. I'm jealous
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The 30 Euros get you transportation to and from the Port and the use of the private resort for the day.

I first found out about it going through the cruise critic site and then looking them up at tripadvisor. I checked out their website as well but didn't see anything about day passes either. I looks like it is through word of mouth (they don't advertise on their website) and you contact them via email. Here were two of the good links I found:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...t+johns+resort
http://cruiseforums.cruisecritic.com....php?t=1641336

Hope this helps. I know that WDW Princess 71 ended up booking it after I mentioned it on our meet thread. She is really excited about it - and I can't wait to hear all about it:-)

Let me know if you end up going...and how beautiful it was. I'm jealous

thank you for that, I will look at it properly late when quiet.

Loving all the details of your pre trip and love the magnet photos
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thank you for that, I will look at it properly late when quiet.

Loving all the details of your pre trip and love the magnet photos
Yay I am always glad to hear someone is reading my pre-trip report. Thanks - it encourages me to keep sharing

I love the magnet pictures too....I forgot to look for Spanish Mickey....that will be a good task for me to do this upcoming week.
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Self-guided Walking Tours

Remember I said I was looking for self-guided walking tour or Delos.....

Well I haven't found the perfect walking tour yet for Delos - but I did discover a company that specializes in walking tours for Cruiseship passengers. http://www.discovery-walk.com/

Here is their description:

“Discovery Walks produces self-guided audio walking tours designed for active travelers who are interested in seeing all of the historic sights of a city on their own while listening to all of the historical facts and colorful insights available on our audio recordings. The audio recording is accompanied by a detailed map outlining a recommended walking path and pinpointing all of the important sites along the way.”

You can get the self-guided tours in two ways – by visiting their agent in each of the locations where they will lend you an iPod to use while in the town or by downloading onto your own iPod or MP3 player from their website.

It looks like most of the tours are $15 each (up to $20 each). And there are lot of Disney Magic towns that they cover. The towns listed in the Med are:
• Lisbon, Portugal
• Barcelona, Spain
• Florence, Italy
• Pisa, Italy
• Rhodes, Greece
• Mykonos, Greece
• Cannes, France
• Dubrovnik, Croatia
• Sorrento, Italy
• Corfu, Greece
• Portofino, Italy
• Amalfi, Italy
• Athens, Greece
• Capri, Italy
• Monte Carlo, Monaco
• Rome, Italy

I read some reviews, and they seem pretty decent...Just another option for those independent wanderers.

I am thinking I will try and download the Mykonos guide to my iphone...

And maybe this is an inexpensive and self-pacing solution to my Barcelona tour needs for my friends' daughter (who is most likely going to be jet-lagged on her Barcelona touring day - same day she arrives from her first transatlantic flight)???
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:26 PM   #30
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Thank you so much for posting all this information! This is our first trip to Europe and I am feeling so overwhelmed by everything! I am trying to find the right combination of seeing what we want without exhausting ourselves and then have everyone be cranky and tired. I really appreciate all your research and information. Any tips for first timers to Europe? I have a private guide and car for Rome and Athens, and I contacted the cooking lesson person you are using, but beyond that we are still trying to decide.
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