Crazy trip in Europe

Jun 19th, 2007, 06:41 AM
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My only suggestion would be to eliminate Venice (it hurts to suggest that) and add that time to Rome with a side trip to Assisi.
Have a great time!!!!
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Jun 19th, 2007, 07:33 AM
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My suggestions, based on taking many similar whirlwind trips with my footloose parents when I was growing up:

Definitely book hotels in advance. My sis and I remember standing around train stations in every new city while my dad called every place in the Frommer's book, looking for a room.

We wanted to get going and explore, instead spent a lot of time whining (I am sure), sitting dejectedly on our bags, waiting...then trailing along the streets dragging our bags, looking for these obscure little hotels that we had lousy directions for. So...

Pack light. Make sure your kids can carry their own bags. Pack so that you don't have to unpack to save time and prevent lost items. (And fights over the kids dawdling when you have a plane or train to catch.)

Plan outfits and put each one, including socks, undies, etc, into ziplocks, so you can just pull out a ziplock each day instead of rooting through the whole bag.

Take enough outfits for a few days, then plan a laundry day, repack the ziplocks, and go on with your trip.

Keep nighties in a specific pocket of your bag so they can easily be pulled out. Same for toiletries, which should go into one of those organizer things that hang from the doorknob- use what you need, put the bottles directly back in, stick it back in its designated pocket in your bag, zip and go!

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Jun 20th, 2007, 05:13 AM
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I know it's too late to do this, (and many independent travel Fodorites might not agree) but next time you want to see all the sites without the exhaustion of driving, maybe you should look into one of the escorted tours. They can give you a cursory look at the places, but you don't have to do the worrying about train schedules, luggage, etc.

There are some tours which allow you a cursory "tour" of the city in the morning and then you have the afternoons free to go/do whatever you want.
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Jun 20th, 2007, 05:58 AM
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Make sure you check out amsterdam: www.travelsavvy-amsterdam.com

It really is a great place to go with kids, despite what people sometimes say!

Jane
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Jun 20th, 2007, 01:38 PM
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hi, lain,

following what the OP says, A'dam is great for kids. Ours particularly enjoyed the zoo, the science museum by the harbour, the floating chinese restaurant, the canal boats, and Haarlem. It will make a great first stop.

regards, ann
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Jun 20th, 2007, 07:14 PM
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Lainfiesta, I've noticed you haven't come back since. You've received good advice all around, and in the end, we all just want you to have a happily memorable trip. Whatever you choose to do, I wish you and your family Godspeed during your quest next week.
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