PTR - Dipping our toes into Europe

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  1. Ms. Shuttergirl

    Ms. Shuttergirl DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2009
    Always happy to help Toy Story :rotfl:
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  3. shushh

    shushh DIS Veteran

    Aug 18, 2009
    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 :rotfl2: No seriously, it will be very special for the children to travel with and to see all these all these sights with their grandparent.
  4. shushh

    shushh DIS Veteran

    Aug 18, 2009
    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?!?
  5. Aussie Wendy

    Aussie Wendy DIS Veteran

    Jul 4, 2008
    Yes thanks. I have booked :banana: 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.
  6. shushh

    shushh DIS Veteran

    Aug 18, 2009
    Great! Congratulations for booking! What did you go for in the end?
  7. areweindisneyyet

    areweindisneyyet DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2010
    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.
  8. Ms. Shuttergirl

    Ms. Shuttergirl DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2009
    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.
  9. Ms. Shuttergirl

    Ms. Shuttergirl DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2009
    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:-

    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

    Easter Sunday

    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


    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


    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
  10. WAMUMOF4

    WAMUMOF4 DIS Veteran

    Feb 10, 2011
    :banana: Wow sounds awesome, I can't possibly imagine with that list what you have left to organise it looks like you have covered everything.
  11. Aussie Wendy

    Aussie Wendy DIS Veteran

    Jul 4, 2008
    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 :thumbsup2
  12. Aussie Wendy

    Aussie Wendy DIS Veteran

    Jul 4, 2008
    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.
  13. zanzibar138

    zanzibar138 DIS Veteran

    Jun 30, 2007
    Wow that is a full itinerary! Sounds like an awesome trip and you're going to see so much :thumbsup2
  14. viaggiamo

    viaggiamo Mouseketeer

    Jan 26, 2012
    How exciting!
    I have just finished reading your TR on the US so I will be eagerly awaiting this one!

    Have a wonderful time.
  15. areweindisneyyet

    areweindisneyyet DIS Veteran

    Jun 11, 2010
    Nice. And now I have my Easter holiday reading sorted.
  16. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

    Feb 8, 2010
    Great trip! Not long now.
  17. Minniemum

    Minniemum DIS Veteran

    Jan 20, 2012
    What a fantastic 4 week trip you have in store. Not long to go now!
  18. mumoftriplets

    mumoftriplets Earning My Ears

    Sep 15, 2012
    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.
  19. Ms. Shuttergirl

    Ms. Shuttergirl DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2009
    You know me - over the top plan every inch :lmao:

    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.

    Thank you

    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 Minnimum

    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.
  20. gogo65

    gogo65 Cheering for Disney

    Jun 10, 2007
    Looks like an amazing holiday, looks like you planned just a few things:rotfl:
    One question, have you per booked your Eiffel tower tickets? If you haven't do it ASAP:thumbsup2
  21. Ms. Shuttergirl

    Ms. Shuttergirl DIS Veteran

    Apr 20, 2009
    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 :rotfl2:.

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