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Our Hurry Up and Go Vacation: how inexperienced travelers booked a 3-week trip to London, Paris, Rome, and Venice for 2 adults and 2 teenagers starting only 2 ½ weeks before departure…

Our Hurry Up and Go Vacation: how inexperienced travelers booked a 3-week trip to London, Paris, Rome, and Venice for 2 adults and 2 teenagers starting only 2 ½ weeks before departure…

Aug 5th, 2006, 03:34 AM
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I know I'm not being very original but... Fabulous trip report !
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Aug 5th, 2006, 09:14 PM
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Norcal -

YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION...you really should be a writer, truly enjoyable post but also very informative and inspiring!!!

Here I am totally freaked and paralyzed by the fact that we are leaving in a week and a half to go to London, Paris and "somewhere else in France" and all I have so far are the airline tickets, hotel reservations for London and Paris which I did just to make sure we will have a place but know I am going to change according to how we finally decide to break up this trip. We couldn't decide exactly where we wanted to go because as a lot of posters here complain about, I was already having analysis paralysis. However, a couple of nights ago, my DH and I finally had a chance to discuss and have a rough idea of where we want to go and a vague idea of how to go about it. Now, it's only a matter of deciding how many days to spend in each stop and where to base ourselves, and then get the hotel, then get train tickets and car reservations : ), of course, all through the very helpful posts on this site....so, here I am at 1:30 AM trying to do my research and what am I doing...spending the past hour reading, laughing and crying through your post - but now I am INVIGORATED AND ENRGIZED and think, I CAN DO THIS TOO!!!

Thank you!
 
Aug 9th, 2006, 11:37 AM
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Thanks for a lovely report. I did laugh out loud (very unusual for me) and I did get teary at the end. My youngest is also going away to university in a few weeks as well. They don't come home for the summers, so it is hard to see them go.

I am already thinking ahead to Spring Break trips, but unfortunately their breaks do not coincide. We had a great two week trip at Christmas to Germany, Prague, and Vienna, and I treasure each moment that we had.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 01:31 PM
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Thanks for the additional information, NorCalif!

Lee Ann
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Aug 9th, 2006, 04:23 PM
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This has to be the best trip report I've ever read. DH is grumbling that dinner is so late, but I couldn't stop reading this. I laughed, I cried, I sympathized, I admired. What a wonderful trip. Your family sounds terrific as well. Gotta go cook dinner now. Caio!
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Aug 9th, 2006, 07:41 PM
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NorCalif,

I laughed and had so much fun reading this, and really relate to Rule #2!

We took DD to Italy when she was 13, last year she spent 6 mo. in Siena from the U. and was just back in Rome again last week. Can't wait 'til she can "take" us to Rome!

Thanks so much for your delightful report!
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Aug 9th, 2006, 08:59 PM
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Enjoyed your trip "blog" NorCalifEver consider applying for the TV show AMAZING RACE?
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Aug 10th, 2006, 04:18 PM
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fantastic report and trip, norcalif!
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Aug 14th, 2006, 10:11 AM
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Lovely report, even if the ending was sappy.

Thanks for all of the posts. They were entertaining and informative.
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