(Quote) Leyden-904885 said:
Hi CMers , I'm traveling to Europe in July (looks like mid to end of the month) and it&...
(Quote) Leyden-904885 said:
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.
I lived in London for a while. If you need any details on London, feel free to message me! Anyway, if you're landing in Heathrow, take the Tube to your hotel. Do not take a taxi. The traffic is horrible, it will take longer, and it's more expensive. In fact, the great thing about Europe is that you don't need to use a car at all. You can get to everywhere you need to go by walking, subways, and trains. Anyway, back to London. As for places to pray, I recommend going to Westminster Cathedral (not the Abbey, that's the Anglican one) for mass if you're there on a weekend. If you go to the 7pm mass on Sunday, you can chat with the young adults group at a nearby pub after mass. Most of them are in their 30s (at least from my experiences with them) so don't be bashful. Besides, its a great way to meet the locals who are also Catholic. Plus that way you get your British pub experience too! As for the attractions, Westminster Abbey has the longest line if you get there late. So if you really want to see it, get there early. The line for the Tower of London isn't too bad whenever you get there, and there's not much waiting you have to do except to see the Crown Jewels. If historical artifacts interest you, then the British Museum is the best bargain because it's free to enter. There's so much I can say about London, I'll just leave it at that for now and you can ask me a question on anything.