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4 countries in 15 days w/ 2 teenagers - crazy?

4 countries in 15 days w/ 2 teenagers - crazy?

Mar 5th, 2008, 12:30 PM
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Absolutely Rome.
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Mar 5th, 2008, 12:35 PM
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Where do your daughters want to go? I would get them involved in the planning sooner, rather than later. So you have some "buy in" about the plans.
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Mar 5th, 2008, 12:43 PM
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What time of year? Is it in your original post? If so, I apologize if I missed it. But that makes a difference.

I think following a nice long stay in Paris, the CT would be ok. I am one of the CT's major detractors on this board, but if you are going at the right season, and if it something you've never done...

That flight from Paris to Pisa sounds good, especially if the times are good. Are they?

Since you already had Venice on your list, why not make that your third stop? Three completely different destinations.

Again, when is the trip?
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Mar 5th, 2008, 12:46 PM
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Tuscan - her trip is in June.
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Mar 5th, 2008, 02:27 PM
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trip is mid-June. We arrive in Pisa @ 8pm - only flight each day from Paris to Pisa. Not the best since we'll be getting to CT late at night - haven't figured out those logistics yet!
Why don't you like CT?
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Mar 5th, 2008, 08:08 PM
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I love the Paris & Italy idea.

I'd spend 1 week in Paris and 1 week in Rome because that's what we did last Christmas with our kids and loved it. We had an apartment in each city and they came away feeling like they really knew & loved those 2 places.

If you spend 6 nights in Paris and 6 nights in Rome then you can add 3 more nights somewhere.

CT is a good idea if it's the place you want to go! My husband loved it (but he's a geologist and there are rare rocks...)

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Mar 5th, 2008, 09:37 PM
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I like the Paris and Rome thing too. Getting kids involved in trip is important, I make my kids pick at least two or three sites they want to see in a city. I make them research it, both my boys got trips to Europe seperately with each parent when they were 14, and this July I am taking our daughter who will only have turned twelve.
ALL kids know about the Eiffel Tower and the Coliseum , so those are great sites, they already want to see them.. plus , by sons loved the Catacombs in Paris( a bit weird , but interesnting) and my daughter has already found out about the Poupee( Doll) Musuem in Paris and put that on the list.
A great side trip for most kids ( although I understand it is a long day and can be hot) is Pompeii( I haven't been yet) , all kids know the " story " and find it fasinating.. seeing the peoples figures etc.

Anyways , once you work out the train schedules and flight times I am sure you will want to pare down the trip. You will be tired the first day or two, so relax and enjoy an ice cream in Paris , and not feel you have to rush about since you "only " gave yourself three days there.

PS My daughter is very excited to see Versailles, have your girls read or seen the movie Marie Antiontte?
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Mar 27th, 2008, 12:18 AM
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Glad you have changed your plans in light of the advice given. Don't underestimate the wast of time that flights take from your valuable vacation - even short haul.

CT is wonderful (but not "beach" per se) and the fact that you have a flight to Pissa makes it a fairly easy drive. You could also consider staying in one of the bigger towns further west(with a bit of beach) like Santa Margherita Ligure, from there you can take the frequent boats to all of the CT villages as well as Portofino and Genoa. This may offer more for the kids.
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Mar 27th, 2008, 12:59 AM
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Do you want to see one country well or four countries poorly?

Travel should be edifying and pleasurable not a contest.

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Mar 27th, 2008, 04:16 AM
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What say the children? Do you allow them any choices? My Granddaughter (15) travels with a school group. Last year it was 10 days in Italy. Are they into sports or museums? Naples offers Italian classes by the week.
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Mar 27th, 2008, 11:30 AM
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Piedmont Phil...would we not be beaching it in 5terre but would be in Santa Margh?
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Mar 27th, 2008, 01:04 PM
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IMHO I would look at London/Paris/Rome With 15 days (on the ground) plus travel time you have plenty of time to get a good sample of the big three then you can start planning your next trip to come back and take a closer look at the things that caught your fancy the first time.

Just do the biggies this time and save the Cingue Terre's or even your second tier of cities for another time.
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Mar 27th, 2008, 05:33 PM
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We made our first trip to Europe last summer with our 13 year old son.

We all loved our "down" time in Cinque Terre in between the bigger cities to relax and recoup from the sight seeing in the major cities.

Beach, Ligurian Food, relaxation and for us, a chance to get the laundry done in the middle of a two week vacation. Pesto, Focaccia and wine..mmmm.

We're planning a three week vacation for 2009 and planning on 4-days in Cinque Terre for a mid-vacation vacation.

Best advice I got on this board - plan knowing you'll go back some day.
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Mar 27th, 2008, 05:49 PM
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Grantham Mommy...That was what i was thinking...don't want to overload the kids with churches and museums the whole trip and thought CT's small towns, the water and sand and the hiking around would be a good break. Can you recommend a place to stay?? And where did you do your laundry - i was just thinking about that - after 5 days in Paris, we'll need to do a little.
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Mar 27th, 2008, 06:28 PM
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I'm with AisleSeat- London, Paris, and Rome is a classic itinerary, and word on the boards is teenagers LOVE those cities. If it were me, that's what I'd do if I wanted to expose my kids to a few different cultures on a first time trip to Europe. I'd think seriously about renting apartments- not only can they be a money saver, but they provide more space and make for a genuine "home" base. Many are equiped with washing machines and sometimes clothes dryers.

Staying a city doesn't necessarily mean overloding on museums and churches, either. There are sidewalk cafes, nice parks and gardens- plenty of opportunity to relax outdoors and enjoy watching the world go by.
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Mar 27th, 2008, 10:06 PM
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I too think that London, Paris and Rome is a nice itinerary for a first trip to Europe. You could also throw in Venice if time allows it. You do not have to go to the CT to do laundry as you can find laundromats in every city. I would save the CT for another Italy trip although I would not place it high on my lists of things to do in Italy.
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Mar 28th, 2008, 02:51 AM
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Going all the way to Europe then spending 3 days of your 14 on a beach relaxing? Can't you do that for a lot less money at home? Just a thought. It's your time and money and you know how best to maximize your experience.
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Mar 29th, 2008, 11:23 AM
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We stayed at The Hotel Villa Steno in Monterosso. We stayed in Room # 6 (triple) with a beautiful terrace.

The price was 170 Euros per nite. Discounted to 160 with cash and my Rick Steve's Book.

Breakfast was included and wonderful. The family is very nice.

They would do your laundry or you could do your own for the same price 13 euros. I'm not sure what constituted a "load" but I gave them all my dirty clothes after a week in Rome and then one more load before we left and it came to maybe 39 Euros.

We arrived, gave them the laundry after check in, went out for a stroll and dinner.

When I came back it was all done and folded on the bed. I was a very happy Mom. I had expected to be sitting in a laundramat for 1/2 a day.

Picking someplace just because you can get the laundry down is silly, but to me the whole 3 days there were relaxing after a week of the Coliseum, Vatican, walking and long lines. It gave me the energy hit week two with a smile.

My son loved the down time swimming in the sea. I love the water as well. We rented lounges at the private beach for a day and just

Moms need some down time on the vacations too because if your like me, everyone looks to you when it's time to pack, the clothes are dirty.....

Do what feels right! Picture it in your mind.........

And last night I shared a bottle of sciacchetra - the dessert wine of Cinque Terre with my Mommy friends.

Email me if you have any questions.

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Mar 30th, 2008, 06:42 AM
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thetravellingmom --

I responded to your email this morning! Enjoy.
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