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Old Oct 30th, 2008, 05:08 PM
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My son - at 16 - loved touring Scotland and England but it does mean - if you want to see a lot of sights - that driving is involved and it would be up to you.

Driving in France is easier and the Normandy area cannot be beat. Visiting the d-day beaches and understanding the trickery that went on there to pull it off fascinated my son at age 12.

Quite off the main focus - consider Costa Rica or Belize.

I think Quebec City, which I love, will not quite make the mark with a teen boy but - I thought it was your birthday!
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Old Oct 30th, 2008, 06:26 PM
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Hi fischerl,

What a great experience for you and your son! I love the idea of London - and another destination as well - you mentioned he loved wide open spaces so maybe a few days in London to get over jet lag (I also live in Southern California and it can be a killer as you know!)and see some of the war musuems and then onto Scotland perhaps?

Cool on homeschooling your children - I just took my 11 year old on a trip back east - NYC, Philly, Williamsburg and DC coupled with our homeschooling.
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If money is an object then Berlin will strecth your dollars much much further than England or Scotland. My teenage son and daughter prefer Berlin over Paris or Rome.
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Old Oct 31st, 2008, 11:01 AM
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Thanks very much to you all! So much to consider...but I love planning trips!
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Hi fischer,

I have 2 teens (girls) and both like history. One likes cities and the other open spaces.

I think that Normandy is a must see for your son. How about tying it in to London or Paris? London is very interesting but quite large and not as user friendly I think as Paris or Berlin.

Berlin is indeed a fascinating and educational city and not too "cityish" if you know what I mean. Tons of history, the Berlin Wall, museums, memorials, interesting and cool architecture.

Check my trip report - "WWII and the Holocaust" for lots of info on London, Normandy and Berlin with my teens.

Have fun!


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