Discussion in 'Australia' started by Ms. Shuttergirl, Nov 20, 2012.
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I only just saw this! Trip looks wonderful but you know that already!
Spend up! That's why you're not building so you can have these amazing experiences No seriously, it will be very special for the children to travel with and to see all these all these sights with their grandparent.
Aussie Wendy, you probaly already know this but just in case...DLP is having a stay 2 and get 2 nights/days free offer. I have a feeling your dates are within the offer period?!?
Yes thanks. I have booked after a last minute contretemps where I thought prices had gone up overnight but a kindly soul on the Paris boards advised that sometimes they change the advertised deal to a dearer type of room -note in this case the room description had stayed the same!! and you can go in and reset back to a standard room and get the cheaper price-not sure if WDW or DLR do this-haven't come across it before but worth knowing.
Great! Congratulations for booking! What did you go for in the end?
Your plans for London look great. We stayed in Kensington last year and it was a great base for exploring. We ate at the pub you are going to. We also enjoyed the Archangel on Kensington High Street (Sunday kids eat free on the roast of the day which was huge and chicken, beef, lamb and pork offered). Also a great little coffee shop called the Muffin Man in Wrights Lane near the High St Kensington tube stop. Great milkshakes and sandwiches, home cooked food. Only take cash. The High Street Kensington shopping strip is great.
We loved Westminster Abbey, spent ages walking inside. The same with the Tower of London. Spend many more hours than we had planned there. We actually started that day by going on the London Eye and visiting the London Aquarium. We then cruised up the Thames to the London Bridge and hopped off to go through the Tower which was great.
We ate at the Hard Rock on our last day which was good. We spent the morning at the British Museum and then used the Tube to get to the Hard Rock for lunch.
The Rainforest Cafe is in London and at Paris Disney. We were really disappointed. Decided it is only an America thing.
In Paris we did a half day trip out to Giverny to visit Monets Garden using local trains. It was just amazing. You could also do a day trip up to the Somme Battlefields at Villers Bretonneux. The Palace of Versailles also. DH and DD1 loved the Catacombs in Paris. Me and DD2 not so much. The Luxembourg Gardens where lots of fun on a Wed afternoon, with pedal cars to hire. We booked a dinner on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower which was about 80EUR each for DH and myself and 26EUR for the girls. They had a set menu and we had the choice of about 4-5 options for our meal. A bottle of water for the table, a drink for each of the girls and a bottle of wine for us. It was worth the experience.
By week 3 which it was for us in Paris, we were a lot more go with the flow, lots of options for days to fill in, but leaving the decision making to each day to see how we were feeling. Museums, art galleries get tiring, it might be raining so need indoor stuff to do, or a lovely day makes you want to be outside. A list of possibilities rather than a set plan.
The trip looks great, cant wait to read along.
AWIDY - thanks for the advise on places to eat near our apartment in Kensington, that is wonderful.
Glad to hear you loved Westminster Abbey and Tower of London, I think they will be fabulous.
Yes Paris, it's my hardest one to work on. I want to lock in a few things on the best days to visit them but I agree, it might be nice to be fluid and take it as it comes.
Things have been so hectic since we got back from the US and Canada I haven't had any time to update this PTR and with out trip only 2 1/2 weeks away it's getting to the "pointy end" of the trip planning.
Everything that can be booked and paid for and planned in advance has been. I like to do as much of that before we go so I can relax a little while away. Still lots more to do but for now I'm feeling calm-ish.
Here is roughly what the itinerary looks like now:-
MONDAY 25 March, 2013 - LONDON, ENGLAND
Arrive LONDON, private car to Apartment, afternoon settling in and wandering the neighbourhood
Dinner at a very well known local pub called The Churchill Arms
TUESDAY 26 March, 2013
Morning - Private Tour in Black Taxi Cab seeing:- Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, No. 10 Downing St. Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, Marble Arch, etc.
Trafalgar Square for lunch and a wander
Afternoon - Hyde Park for the afternoon seeing Princess Diana's Memorial, Kensington Palace etc.
Dinner at my MIL's cousins restaurant called Entree:- http://www.entreebattersea.co.uk/
Kind of a mini family reunion with this branch on her family
WEDNESDAY 27 March, 2013
Morning - Westminster Abbey Private Tour
Afternoon - London Eye, Thames Cruise and shopping along Oxford St
THURSDAY 28 March, 2013
All Day bus tour to Oxford, The Cotswolds and Statford on Avon (home of Shakespeare)
FRIDAY 29 March, 2013
Morning - Tower of London
Lunch - Borough Market -famous food market
Afternoon - The Globe, Shakespeares Theatre and walk across Millenium Bridge
SATURDAY 30 March, 2013
Morning - Portobello Market
Afternoon - Girls to go to The Orangery for High Tea at Kensington Palace and boys to go to Lords Cricket Ground and Abbey Road
Evening - West End Show "We Will Rock You"
SUNDAY 31 March, 2013
Morning - British Museum
Lunch - nearby Museum
Afternoon - Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum
(may need to switch British Museum with Wax Museum as have been reading that the Wax museum is mayhem in the afternoons)
Late afternoon/evening - a local pub for music/food/etc.
MONDAY 1 April, 2013
All Day Tour to Bath and Stonehenge
TUESDAY 2 April, 2013
Morning - St. Paul's Cathedral
Afternoon - Harrod's and more shopping
WEDNESDAY 3 April, 2013 - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Morning - catch train to Edinburgh
Afternoon - arrive, check in, go to Holyrood Castle nearby
THURSDAY 4 April, 2013
All Day Bus Tour to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands
FRIDAY 5 April, 2013
Morning - hop on hop off bus tour around Edinburgh
Lunch and walk along the Royal Mile
Afternoon - Edinburgh Castle
SATURDAY 6 April, 2013
All Day Bus Tour to Rosslyn Chapel and the Roman Border of Scotland
SUNDAY 7 April, 2013 - DUBLIN, IRELAND
Morning - fly to Dublin, check in
Afternoon - wander around Dublin
Evening - dinner and show at The Merry Ploughboys Irish Pub
MONDAY 8 April, 2013
All day - Hop on Hop off Bus tour around Dublin, seeing many of the major sites including Trinity College
Afternoon - relaxing in a local pub I would say
TUESDAY 9 April, 2013
All Day Bus Tour to Cork and the Blarney Stone and Castle
WEDNESDAY 10 April, 2013
All day - Hop on Hop off Bus tour around Dublin seeing whatever we didn't see Monday
THURSDAY 11 April, 2013
All day bus tour to Belfast to see the Titanic Experience Museum and tour Belfast. Also taking a Private Political/IRA Taxi Cab tour through the affected areas.
FRIDAY 12 April, 2013
Guiness Factory and shopping and relaxing in a pub I would say
SATURDAY 13 April, 2013 - PARIS, FRANCE
Morning - fly to Paris, check into apartment, get supplies,
Afternoon - wander around Palais Royal area
Evening - out for birthday dinner for Fraser, walk home past the Louvre
SUNDAY 14 April, 2013
Morning - Private Walking tour along the Seine past most major sites
Lunch near Grand Palais
Afternoon - Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, walk along the Trocadero
MONDAY 15 April, 2013
Morning - Opera Garnier and then shopping at Galleries Lafayette
Lunch then walk to Rue Montorgureil Market Street for beautiful food
Afternoon - wander through Jardin Tuilleries, hot chocolate at Angelina's, then up Rue Royale to visit famous shops like Maille and Ladauree and go to Madeliene
Evening - Liv and Lisa to go to Moulin Rouge
TUESDAY 16 April, 2013
Morning - go into Notre Dame, St. Chappelle and Concergerie, icecream at the famous Berthillion, then on to Shakespeare & Co bookstore
Lunch in Latin Quarter than wander around this beautiful area
Afternoon - Luxembourg Gardens and St. Germain
Evening - walk across Pont Neuf and then take a Seine Cruise
WEDNESDAY 17 April, 2013
Most of day - Palace of Versailles
Afternoon - Musee D'Orsay
THURSDAY 18 April, 2013
Private Tour guide for the day
- morning Louvre
- afternoon Montmatre and Sacre Coeur
FRIDAY 19 April, 2013
Morning - Arc De Triomphe and Champs Elysees, then Place De La Concorde
Afternoon - Invalides, Musee Rodin and Jardin Des Tuileries if haven't visited before or shopping
SATURDAY 20 April, 2013 - DISNEYLAND PARIS
Morning - private transfer over to Disneyland Paris, check into hotel
Afternoon - wander around park
Evening - Buffalo Bill's show
SUNDAY 21 April, 2013
Day - rides, shows, parades, etc
Evening - Fireworks
MONDAY 21 April, 2013
Day - rides, shows
Afternoon - private transfer to airport, fly home
Wow sounds awesome, I can't possibly imagine with that list what you have left to organise it looks like you have covered everything.
As always very impressive-looking forward to reading along and I get to read it all before we go so can pick up all your tips
Oh forgot to add if you didn't see We will Rock You when it toured Aus-it was one of the best musicals we have ever seen - DH loved it as much as DD and I. If you love Queen you'll love the music and the storyline ties together really well. I would like to see it again. Rellies who saw the London version raved too.
Wow that is a full itinerary! Sounds like an awesome trip and you're going to see so much
I have just finished reading your TR on the US so I will be eagerly awaiting this one!
Have a wonderful time.
Nice. And now I have my Easter holiday reading sorted.
Great trip! Not long now.
What a fantastic 4 week trip you have in store. Not long to go now!
What a fantastic trip you will be having! We were in England and Wales last August to visit family ( hubby is English), so not alot of touristy things happened this trip. You should really enjoy Bath - it is a pretty place. As well as Stradford-Upon-Avon. Oxford is really good too ( lived there for 3 months back in my 20's). You will absolutely LOVE Scotland - I would move there in a heart beat. The scenery is just amazing. And your always looking for that Loch Ness to pop up We were lucky enough to stumble onto a Highland Game whilst we were there during one visit - amazing too. So looking forward to reading all about it and hearing what you loved.
You know me - over the top plan every inch
Shall try very hard to write a TR the whole way through
Zanzibar - I work on the "go hard or go home" style of trip planning. The good news is that I'm happy to let things go if they aren't prebooked and paid for if everyone is tired.
No we haven't seen it before Wendy. We were looking for a relatively family friend show that we hadn't seen but that would appeal to everyone and this got rave reviews. I think it will be fun. Glad you enjoyed it.
Excellent - get ready, wine in hand of course.
Nope it's speeding towards us
Thanks for this Mumoftriplets. Good to know you enjoyed Bath, it is one of the places I am most most most wanting to see. And Scotland, sigh I just know we will adore it even before we get there. Can't wait.
Looks like an amazing holiday, looks like you planned just a few things
One question, have you per booked your Eiffel tower tickets? If you haven't do it ASAP
Yes Gogo I have already booked them but thanks for the heads up. I decided I would prefer to choose a set date to go up the Eiffel tower and chance rain than to line up for hours on a nice day .
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