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London, countryside, Paris or Lon, Par,Rhine Germany 11 nights 3 kids?

London, countryside, Paris or Lon, Par,Rhine Germany 11 nights 3 kids?

Aug 9th, 2010, 07:36 AM
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London, countryside, Paris or Lon, Par,Rhine Germany 11 nights 3 kids?

Our flight is booked to arrive in London, but we are trying to decide between a few options for travel before Easter and where to fly home from. Only options are Paris and Frankfurt with FF Miles. Of the sugested locations, we have only visited Paris and everyone LOVED it and wants to visit again! We have only been to a small town in Germany (Monchau sp?), so it is essentualy a new territory too. We arrive in London late at night. Option 1 is London 5 nights, Paris 3 nights, Mosel/ St Goar area of Germany 3 nights and come home through Frankfurt. We would travel by train everywhere but possibly rent a car in Franfurt for exploration along the Rhine. Option 2 is London 4-5 nights, England or France countryside or coast (love beaches any time of year) for 3 or 4 nights and Paris for 3 nights, heading home from Paris. Any thoughts on better option with kids considering we want to experience some new places and keep the kids happy. Countryside or coast locations? I'll also take sugesstions on best area to stay in London with kids. We will be renting a flat. Thanks for all the help.
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Aug 9th, 2010, 08:38 AM
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Hi BB

I would split it evenly between London and Paris.

Enjoy your visit.

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Aug 9th, 2010, 08:47 AM
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The first option sounds good to me. I don't understand why you would consider a beach vacation at that time of year, you can't go in the water and it could be gray and gloomy and rainy. Now it might be sunny, but pinning your vacation on weather like that (which I think you have to do more at the beach) might not work out.

FYI this Easter weather at the beach in UK
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/ar...WORSE-Med.html
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Aug 9th, 2010, 02:50 PM
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Christina, I know exactly what you mean by gloomy which is why it was a second thought. I agree that just a splut between London and Paris would be great, but we would love a few days repreve from the cities. The question is where is the reprieve? Countryside or Germany? Thanks!
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Aug 9th, 2010, 03:11 PM
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London & Paris would be my sugestion.
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Aug 9th, 2010, 04:01 PM
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We loved the Rhine area of Germany and I think kids of all ages would love the castles and riding on the ferry. Burg Eltz was pretty awesome.

You probably wouldn't require a car in that area but you could get one if you wanted.
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Aug 9th, 2010, 04:19 PM
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What's a splut? Sounds painful.

What do the foals like to do? Seeing a European football (*cough*soccer*cough*) match would be good in either country, but perhaps better in France where it should be marginally more difficult for the kids to understand the bad words that emanate from the fans.

Best be flexible no matter what in the UK generally, and in the first quarter of the year in France. Weather predictions there are a lot more difficult than, say, Houston in summer.
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Aug 10th, 2010, 05:15 PM
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Very funny BigRuss! Our kids have seen American football live so I don't think they needed shielded from the language of European football....is it any worse...lol! Last trip to Belgium, Paris and Amsterdam was March, so I know what you mean with the weather.....we were very lucky on that trip. Hoping that late April will give us decent weather.
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Aug 11th, 2010, 02:11 AM
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the language of European football....is it any worse...lol! >>>>

Yes. Much, much worse.
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Aug 11th, 2010, 05:15 AM
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I think Option 1 gives you the things you are looking for. We spent last Easter in Traben Trarbach and whilst this was fairly quiet we enjoyed a boat trip with castle viewing, a couple of bus rides to nearby towns with great castles and buildings for us (and for your children) and all using public transport.

Probably best for this to be after Easter if you want everything to be open.
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Aug 11th, 2010, 05:32 AM
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OMG the language is so much worse AND I have a mouth like a truck driver. Imagine the worst insults you can think of, multiply it by 1,000, and then have the entire stadium chanting it in unison.
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Aug 11th, 2010, 07:22 AM
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I think American sailors would be embarrassed by the spewings of the faithful at European soccer matches. And Lizzie's right -- the soccer fans are far more coordinated in their chants than any NFL fans. It's like an R-rated version of a Duke basketball game.

But it's a h*ll of a cultural experience.
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Aug 11th, 2010, 06:23 PM
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lol! love it! Now I want to experience that.
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Aug 11th, 2010, 08:33 PM
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Monschau is gorgeous but pretty much a senior citizen sort of place. Kids will like the Rhine and Mosel region. Take them to Cochem (beautiful old cobblestoned, half-timbered town) to see the castle there and the free-flight falconry show (opens Good Friday):

http://www.cochem.de/
http://www.burg-cochem.de/english/business_hours.htm
http://www.falknerei-reichsburg-cochem.de/fotobuch.htm

There's an indoor waterpark there too:
http://www.moselbad.de/erlebnisbad.html

And a cool chairlift ride to a nearby peak that opens mid-March; watch the video:
http://www.cochemer-sesselbahn.de/

St. Goar is a good town to stay in on the Rhein. We enjoyed this roomy and well-equipped apartment (Rheinblick, one of 4) with a view of the Rhine and Katz Castle across the river. The base price is just 45 euros/night for two, 10% more for short stays of 2-3 days, kids 5 or 8 euros each depending on age. (friendly and helpful English-speaking Mr. Huppertz fetches you from the train station ans walks you to your place - about 2 blocks.)

http://www.loreley-apartments.de/

From St. Goar you can make daytrips to the scenic villages of Boppard, Bacharach, and Linz (north of Koblenz.) You can also head to Remagen to tour the WW II peace museum there - there's a lot in English:

http://www.bruecke-remagen.de/index_en.htm


"We would travel by train everywhere but possibly rent a car in Franfurt for exploration along the Rhine."

No real need for that. Your whole family can travel throughout the Rhine and Mosel region on the regional trains with a daypass for just 28 Euros - the Rheinland-Pfalz ticket; it's good from the German border near Saarbruecken or Trier along the Mosel to the Rhine and between Bonn and Karlsruhe, far south of Frankfurt, on the Rhine. All the places I've mentioned and early every other riverside village has a train station. (You'll need different tickets to get between Mainz and FRA, which is just outside the region of travel.)

http://www.vrminfo.de/vrm/english/si...rp-ticket.html
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Aug 15th, 2010, 11:59 AM
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Russ, Wow! Thanks for all the info. You have saved me so much research. We would be arriving the day before easter so many of thing things will be great to do and see. How many places shut down for Easter Sunday and Monday? Trying to figure out what we can do those days to make the most of our 4 days there. Thanks!
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