Hi CMers ,
I'm traveling to Europe in July (looks like mid to end of the month) and it's my first time abroad! I'm very excited but I have so many questions! I have opted not to do a tour as this late in the game, and considering that folks spend up to a year planning their adventure, tours are really expensive! (I also didn't want so spend my future progeny's dental and college fund because that seems like an uncomfortable future conversation!) I will be visiting London, Paris and Rome over 8 gloriously jam-packed days. However I want to plan my own itinerary.
Does anyone have any suggestions?? The package includes hotel and air so that's covered. Now I need ideas for making the most of 2 days in London (cause really? I feel like between Jane Austen and Bridget Jones' Diary...I've been there...I'm kidding Londoners...I've never read Bridget Jones' Diary) and 2 days in Paris with 4 spent in Rome (where I plan to stalk the Pope**). Any suggestions for places to eat, play, pray and love being around people would be so welcome!!
I would also welcome hotel suggestions because I think I can still check againts the travel companies suggestions and match them to any CMers make. Thank you, kind souls, for any help!
**any suggestions for evading the Swiss Guard also welcome....cause ya don't want to mess with men unafraid to wear those outfits.
You won't be able to evade the Swiss Guard because some of them also wear plain clothes around St. Peters.
As far as Europe and travelling, I would suggest fitting in as many tours as possible. Tours are an efficient way of
travelling and learning and seeing. They can be a bit expensive, but they are definitely efficient.
A suggestion when you are in London is being extremely careful when approaching an intersection. Tourists get
tired and revert to looking left as they cross. Of course, that is the wrong way to look when you are in England.
Then as far as Paris and Rome go, if you need help or to ask a question, the youth all seem to know English.
And they also want to practice their English. So you should ask them for help.
I try to use my US currency where ever possible. A lot of merchants will give you the day trade rate. Even if
you go to vendors on the street, they love to get US dollars. I take a lot of singles with me to use for tipping
and buying things. If you have a large bill, the vendor will take it and give you back the change in the country's
currency. This will save you a lot of exchange fees that are loaded on top of money conversions.
Also, mail a post card from the Vatican. It is a very small country with its own Post Office.