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Itinerary for 55 & 80 year-old women traveling alone - What do you think?

Itinerary for 55 & 80 year-old women traveling alone - What do you think?

Old Mar 19th, 1999, 07:33 PM
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Susie
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Itinerary for 55 & 80 year-old women traveling alone - What do you think?

Taking Mom on her first trip to Europe for her 80th birthday. Comments would be appreciated regarding my planned itinerary.
I realize we are hitting a lot of places in two weeks, but plan to do all of our travel in the train, with local bus tours in each city (guess I would just arrange those according to directions in Fodor's.)
4/8-9-10 Paris; take night train from Paris to Rome on 4/10 - arrive on 4/11. Rome to Venice on 4/13-14. Venice to Zurich on 4/15-16. Zurich to Cologne on 4/17-18; Cologne to Brussels (Brugge) on 4/19. Brussels to Paris on 4/20. Return to U.S. on 4/21. I personally have been to Paris & Rome, but other sites will be new to me also. Thank you for any advice on hotels also.
 
Old Mar 19th, 1999, 11:16 PM
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I think I'm answering my own question. Have decided in the last two hours to take out the Venice leg of our trip and spend one more day each in Paris & Rome. Hope it all comes together by the time we leave on April 7th.
 
Old Mar 20th, 1999, 12:04 AM
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my biggest advice would be simply to travel as lightly as possible if you are going by train-it really pays off-especially if it the first trip for your mom. Lots of time the walk from the train car to where you go to take a taxi or metro, etc. can be very long and you have to "schlep" your bag up and down steps, etc. and in Paris at least and I think in my train stations, porters are hard to come by.

I think you are smart to cut Venice (or somewhere) as great as it is...your pace will be a bit more reasonable now I think

Have a great time! I think it is terrific you guys are going on your own-have a blast!
 
Old Mar 20th, 1999, 01:51 PM
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Thank you! We will pack light (that's hard to do).
Do you have any hotel recommendations in Rome, Zurich or Cologne? It is so late that I feel I need a list of at least three to select from in order to get a room.
 
Old Mar 20th, 1999, 05:34 PM
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Hey Luv:
Our Best wishes to you for a good vacation. I read your itinerary and will meet you in Paris. Is your mom a good dancer?
I am 92 and hope to visit your country next year. Do you think you could tell me some good places to visit? I enjoy a good laugh and I enjoy gardening. Does your mother play bridge?
Be sure to go to the Vatican. When you get to the front desk, ask for Angela. She is my sister, the Sister
(Nun). Tell my buddy Paul hello.
See if you can bring some extra cash for all of the spaghetti and fish you should eat.

Enjoy your trip.
Herman
 
Old Mar 20th, 1999, 06:09 PM
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Dear Susie: I wish I could sound as enthusiastic as the previous writers but as a 77-year old myself (and an experienced European traveler), I can tell you that your mother will wear out WELL BEFORE the end of the FIRST week. Have you considered the effect of jet lag alone on a woman her age? Believe me, she'll be lucky to feel like moving by the THIRD day after arrival. Your intentions are good--and I hate to rain on your parade; but your itinerary sounds like an invitation to disaster to me. Please RE-THINK YOUR PLANS. Joan
 
Old Mar 20th, 1999, 06:30 PM
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I agree with the lady above. Too many places in too short a time. What about cutting out Belgium?. The best canals ls are in Venice. Brugge is a very poor second. I also think jet lag should be factored into the equation. After only a few days in Paris, I think the train to Rome might be an ordeal. What about flying between Paris and Rome? There must be some deals around. Or can you and your mom sleep on trains? You're planning to cover hundreds of miles in a relatively short period of time. Food and water change (not to mention languages) from country to country. Do you both have good stomachs? I've been to everywhere on your itinerary except Cologne. I once went by train and plane over a two week period to Paris, Rome, Florence and Venice. I thought it was too many places in too short a time. (If this is Tuesday, it must be Belgium.) How about Paris, Zurich, Venice,
Rome and then home?

 
Old Mar 20th, 1999, 07:28 PM
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Susie.
I am an active 68yr old and your schedule would wear me out. I have to heartily agree with Judy on the Paris Zurich, Venice, Rome route. And travel light. Even with wheeled luggage they can be exausting on cobblestones.
An escorted tour with a good company,same itinerary, would have been sooooo much easier.
 
Old Mar 20th, 1999, 07:28 PM
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Susie.
I am an active 68yr old and your schedule would wear me out. I have to heartily agree with Judy on the Paris Zurich, Venice, Rome route. And travel light. Even with wheeled luggage they can be exausting on cobblestones.
An escorted tour with a good company,same itinerary, would have been sooooo much easier.
 
Old Mar 20th, 1999, 07:29 PM
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Susie.
I am an active 68yr old and your schedule would wear me out. I have to heartily agree with Judy on the Paris Zurich, Venice, Rome route. And travel light. Even with wheeled luggage they can be exausting on cobblestones.
An escorted tour with a good company,same itinerary, would have been sooooo much easier. I think Globus has this trip.
 
Old Mar 20th, 1999, 07:32 PM
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Susie.
I am an active 68yr old and your schedule would wear me out. I have to heartily agree with Judy on the Paris Zurich, Venice, Rome route. And travel light. Even with wheeled luggage they can be exausting on cobblestones.
An escorted tour with a good company,same itinerary, would have been sooooo much easier. I am taking a tour in May from London,Paris, Lucerne,
venice and Rome.
 
Old Mar 20th, 1999, 08:04 PM
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Sorry about the repeats. How in the world do you delete one of these things???
 
Old Mar 20th, 1999, 08:11 PM
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Hi everyone ~ How can I pass up Brugge? It will be so quaint and I have not read one negative thing. I just think it will be a fun end to our trip, and Mom lovvvvvvves chocolate. Wanted to see the Rhine area in Germany to ride between Kolbenz and Mainz and see beautiful castles, etc. Zurich was a landing spot between Rome and Cologne, plus a chance to briefly see the Swiss countryside. In Rome, I am planning on taking a guided bus tour that leaves out of the American Express office (next to the Spanish Steps). This tour hits all main areas, and can be taken either during the day or at night. I personally have taken the night tour (after walking 10 hours the day before). I am also thinking of some kind of tour at the Vatican. If not a tour, at least a bus to St. Peter's Square, because the walk from the subway is quite a ways. I like the idea of flying between Paris and Rome. I just had Eurail on the brain, so wasn't thinking about flying. I'm sure we could sleep on the train. Of course, I will book a private sleeper. I'm assuming this is advisable.
Herman, Mom does need a bridge partner for Thursday night and she can't plant her garden yet because it's too cold.
Thanks for all responses. It has me thinking!!

 
Old Apr 12th, 1999, 04:22 PM
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Dear Susie,

At this time you will soon be returning. I am considering a similar trip this summer, except the ages are 53/27. Mother & daughter. Please let me know how your trip worked out and what you enjoyed the most. Sincerely, Stevie
 

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