First family trip to Europe

Oct 14th, 2013, 11:02 AM
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and the Alpine experience in say a Chamonix - in France but could be on the way to Italy and a classic Alpine resort with awesome Alpine experience as any in Switzerland - will be usually a whole lot cheaper!

But from Paris to Italy I would go thru the heart of Switzerland and stay in the fantastic Berner Oberland area in and around Interlaken - staying in a nice Alpine village like Grindelwald or Wengen is so so surrealistic - a wall of mountains majestically arising a few miles from your hotel balcony! And it is about half way between say Paris and Venice or Florence.
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I sort of wonder about beaches in this also. I like the Paris, Switzerland, Rome itinerary, and leave the beaches out--increase days in Paris and Rome.
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Oct 14th, 2013, 08:38 PM
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I plugged the family into this blog and based on your advice we are down to Paris and Switzerland. Within Switzerland I am not sure but we are looking for outdoor adventures during the day. In my mind the Alps are replacing the beach and we will let the individual families explore Italy sans grandparents at some later date. ,I am investigating all of your suggestions in the Alps including Frace and Italy.
Thanks again for the continued suggestions.
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Oct 15th, 2013, 06:20 AM
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Well for outdoor adventures check out the images of the Jungfrau Region around Interlaken - conveniently on main rail routes from Paris to Italy. Spend a few days there and you too will rave about it like me and others - the absolute highlight of Switzerland IMO.
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Oct 15th, 2013, 10:34 AM
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great thinking, lightbulb.

national/local tourist board websites should be able to help out with activities available in an area.
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Oct 15th, 2013, 11:09 AM
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I agree it is too rushed.

But if you are like most Americans, you want to do a checklist and show everybody you know what you saw.
I dont' believ e in this way of travelling or being.
one should take time and get to know the culture.
what are you teaching these children? Are you going to show them areas of these countries that are not so perfect?
Are you going to stay in four star hotels and ignore the locals?
Or will you get them to learn language so they can really feel massaged into the various cultures?
spend a day in each place just getting on any bus and get lost. Let the stones speak to you in t hese ancient walkways.
Hire a bike and ride down the Appian Way in the footsteps of great emperors and saints.
Live --don't just travel
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Oct 15th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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Shirley - if you had read the whole thread you would have seen that the OP has taken on board what has been said and seriously peared [or is that paired?] down the trip.

so apposite as your trenchant advice might have been when he started planning, things have moved on.

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Oct 15th, 2013, 12:23 PM
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Shirley is great on giving the slow down advice with the living thrown in!! And just for the record, not everyone DOES do a checklist at all. And a lot get talked out them here.
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Oct 15th, 2013, 12:23 PM
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annhig - "pared" - when are you leaving on your next trip?
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Oct 15th, 2013, 12:26 PM
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thursdaysd - "pared" - of course. I was having a senior moment.

we leave in about a month's time for a 5 weeks trip to HK, Australian and NZ; we'll be back just in time for Christmas.
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Oct 15th, 2013, 02:07 PM
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annhig - have fun! I loved the scenery in NZ.
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annhig, enjoy your trip down under! Wave a hello to Sydney for me! Enjoy the yummy wines and fresh seafood, also the lovely fruit.
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Oct 16th, 2013, 09:08 AM
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thursdaysd, raincitygirl - thanks.

I'm sure we will.
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Oct 21st, 2013, 08:35 AM
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Hi, I always hate to not recommend Rome, but our last trip with our kids there was in July (because of school schedules) and the heat and crowds were almost unbearable, I can't imagine August!

I think Paris would be fantastic! There is so much to do and also a great place to split up if everybody isn't interested in the same outings. I would usually recommend more locations, but with the size of your group, I think keeping it simple and really enjoying what you do is best.

My daughter went canyoning in Interlakken and loved it! We as a family went to Lucerne and liked the size of it and the transportation ease. We did a fun combination boat trip, cogwheel train to Mt. Pilatus and aerial tram back down to town. There is also a nice small beach on Lake Lucerne.

I would suggest Paris, Interlakken and Lucerne.
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The Adventure Center offers activities like Paragliding, Canyoning, etc - very reputable.
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