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TR: Solo in London, Museums, and a Private Tour of Parliament

Aug 9th, 2011, 08:14 AM
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Hi latedaytraveler,

Travel plans? Yes! Length of "pipeline"? Um, that could be quite lengthy, unfortunately.

I had been hoping for another trip 2012, but not sure it'll work out. DS is planning his wedding for July and already indicated my disappearing is not allowed until after the shindig, which leaves August and hot travel days in much of Europe.

And, yes, the economy does not help at all. I need to get strict with myself again. Every $1, 5, 10, 15, etc. impulse buy has to be Withheld and saved to spend all at once on my next trip I know some people think I'm made of hidden money, but it truly has been reorganizing my spending. Instead of frittering here, I spend it at once over there, and get quite a memory from the spending!
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Aug 9th, 2011, 08:55 AM
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Hi, latedaytraveler. I really enjoyed your report. Before we started DIY-ing with trips, hub and I took several guided tours and I am one of the few Fodorites who thinks they are just fine. Now that I am on my own, I'm think I'll look into them once again. I was more and more resenting the extra time it took to lineup tickets and wait in lines if we hadn't booked ahead.

The location of your hotel sounded great. Wallace Museum and Ernest Meissonier were new to me also and Googling EM very interesting.

May we all have much of the time, health and money you mention above.
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Aug 9th, 2011, 12:18 PM
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Scotlib, hope the wedding goes well - first things first, then travel.

TDudette, Glad you are considering a solo tour. I believe that more and more folks are doing it. I would rather be alone than dig up someone else to go just to have a traveling companion. By the way, when I did travel in Europe with my girl friends, we each had our own room. Single rooms in Europe are not a costly as in the States - well worth it.
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Aug 14th, 2011, 08:10 AM
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Looking back and regretting that I did not make it to the Apsley House “Number One London” – home of the Duke of Wellington at Hyde Park Corner. Have you been there and what was your impression? Thanks so much. Oh, to be in London again…
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Sep 5th, 2011, 07:58 PM
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Ah Lateday, you're a person after my own heart -- history and art! Thank you for this great trip report.

(PS if you go to Paris, don't miss the Musee Carnavelet: http://www.amisdecarnavalet.com/index.htm You should love it.)
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Sep 7th, 2011, 12:45 PM
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Thank you for your kind words and your suggestion about the Carnavelet – it’s definitely on my list. I expect that my Paris sojourn will be similar to my solo London trip with 4-5 days “doing” the smaller museums and historical sites. I will then take one of those dreaded bus tours which I enjoy of Normandy to see the beaches, Mount St. Michel, and the chateaux.

I have been to Paris before and gone to the Louvre and the D’Orsay – might go to the latter again if I have time. In addition to the Carnavelet, I want to do the Musee Nissim de Camando and the Musee Jacquemart-Andre, both magnificent residences of wealthy 19th century families with significant art collections interesting histories. (Something like the Wallace Collection, I believe.)

The Rodin is a must this time for me. Also attempting to get to the Marmottan and Orangerie, both of which feature Monets among others. I want to wander around the Marais and may visit the Victor Hugo House. Might even fit in a tour of the Opera Garnier. One has to orchestrate these museum visits in Paris since most of them close a day or two a week. Let’s hear it for the Brits – most of theirs are only closed at Christmas.

No matter how closely we plan, we can only do so much on any trip and we all want to smell the roses on the way…
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