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Mar 19th, 2006, 03:13 AM
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Thank you all again. Such great suggestions!!
I don't consider a pool a necessity, I was just trying to describe my son.
Lake Garda sounds great. If we did go to Prague and then to Venice, is there an airport in Venice.
I suppose we could just go to Prague and then take sidetrips, but I'm not sure what areas we should go to.
Or, we could skip Prague and go to venice and Lake Garda, for example.
Now, out in left field, to Rex...I have never been out west ,like Jackson..that may be a consideration if not for this trip, than for another. Yes, I am blonde, but I'm really not as ditzy as I sound! Ha!
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Mar 19th, 2006, 05:03 PM
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Having just made the trip between Venice and Prague you will find that it is a very easy flight. We took a water taxi to the Venice airport and departed around 6:30pm. We flew Italia Airlines and made a stop in Milan and then arrived in Prague around 9:30pm. The airport was a ways from Old Prague so the drive was about 25 minutes-but we arranged with our hotel to have a driver waiting for us (with a sign) and they took us right to the doorstep of our hotel for $25.00. Prague is a wonderful place to visit. Prices are much lower than Italy, France or Spain in the same stores, you can easily walk the various areas and there is a metro system that is great. I would recommend getting Jay (can't remember his last name but could get it for you if you wanted to email me) to give you a walking tour. He's a young guy who can make the city come alive for you and once you take the tour you know exactly what you want to do after that. I had a hard time selecting a hotel in Prague but found a fabulous one with a rooftop restaurant in the middle of everything. If you did go to Lake Garda, I'd recommend then train into Venice (the only way to enter Venice to get the WOW that happens when you go up the steps and first see the city) stay there if you can because Venice is incredible and then end your trip in Prague. If you can get a flight on Ryan Air at any of your points don't hesitate to book them. Very inexpensive and the most efficient airlines we've ever been on. If you chose to drive to Prague it is not that far and could be a nice road trip for your family--I'd consider it since it is not a bad drive.
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Mar 19th, 2006, 05:18 PM
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Thank you ao much for your response Samber. It was so helpful. I will probably ask you some more questions soon. Is Ryan Air a European airlines? Are they small charter flights or a major airlines? I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with them. Is that what you took from Venice to Prague?
Thanks again!
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Mar 19th, 2006, 05:38 PM
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I just booked some flights on RYAN aire and I am very impressed with their connections from Ireland to France and their low prices...note that the taxes are more than the flights, so beware, but the costs were only about $80 round trip for each of us.

We are going to be in DUBLIN and PROVENCE for a week each with the kids and with friends--if anyone has a great idea what to do in either place with kids, please give us a link. Money is no object, since this is a first trip and we want to enjoy ourselves.
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Mar 19th, 2006, 05:52 PM
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Architectlink, I'd advise that you start a new thread (or even two separate ones) with Dublin and Provence in the titles, and you'll get specific info on those. Also, there is a ton of previous info on these areas. The search function is a bit odd, but there should be some that you can find.
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Mar 19th, 2006, 06:10 PM
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You've gotten good suggestions - all over the map, of course... par for Fodors

Late June or early August? Big difference - August in Italy will be hot and quite crowded; June probably preferable. Also not sure of your budget, but you probably know that Europe is very pricey; this year airfare is maybe 20% higher than last. Ryanair and other low cost carriers are fine, but often operate out of secondary airports (especially Ryanair) so schlepping between airports can add to the cost and time.

If it were me, I'd save Italy for another time, and do a two-city itinerary, Prague and... Edinburgh.

Both are marvelous cities, plenty of diversity and things to do for all ages; places to go for daytrips... plus Czech Airlines has relatively inexpensive nonstop flights between the two capitals. You can get a car in Scotland and take off into the Highlands, or down the coast into Northumberland (very interesting, historic area); the kids can take off on their own in Edin. with no major language or safety issues, wide range of accommodations...

I think you'd find it less crowded and hectic than Italy, nice as it is. Venice in August is pretty awful IMO.

Plan B would echo Rex to a degree. Vancouver and Seattle. How about a week in Vancouver then the Alaska ferry up to Juneau/Glacier Bay, then fly back to Seattle? Pretty grand trip.
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Mar 20th, 2006, 05:59 AM
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There are surely a large number of destinations which would meet your criteria in the American (and Canadian) west (specifically northwest, or higher elevations in any of the western regions since you want to go in some of the hottest months of th summer).

My proposals were based on a plan that could accommodate a family that does not want "to move around alot", and yet, will provide plenty to keep everyone entertained for 7-14 days.
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Mar 20th, 2006, 06:28 AM
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Interesting responses...and I'm remembering travel years ago with our teens. I can think of Prague, Dublin,
Venice, etc, as possible choices even though you may not be city people. There would be plenty to do for everyone, including day trips venturing out into nearby areas, e.g., Zakopane out of Krakow, Baden out of Vienna, Bath out of London, Glendalough out of Dublin, Delphi out of Athens. Yes, maybe a country villa also but that might be boring.

I would note that ages 18 & 19 really puts your "children" into the category of traveling with adults. That means a schedule with time for them to explore things on their own, maybe with the 14 year old tagging along. In other words, don't expect to please everyone nor do a lot of things together. Maybe and maybe not. Which means I suppose not pushing your agenda but letting them make decisions about where to travel. So can all of your family members can actually take time out for several weeks at the same time? I'm surprised they can be torn away from work and activities and friends that long!


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Mar 20th, 2006, 07:17 AM
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Thank you "ozarksbill". You are right, it is very hard to get everyone away at the same time. As it is, they are missing many things. But hopefully well worth it! I'm always glad to hear from everyone, especially those of you who have experienced traveling with children this age (you are right , I hesitate to call them children: young adults). I also loved your suggestions. When we finally decide our destination, I may ask where you took your family in more detail (if you remember). Thanks!
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Mar 21st, 2006, 07:11 AM
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We phoned our grandson on his 20th birthday last night. Though home for spring break, I kidded him by asking him (on his cell phone) if he was home. And it seems he was indeed about to sit down with parents for dinner! And with his girl friend!

Point being how little he is with family these days. We did a good deal of travel with our own younger kids and a few trips with just grandkids. I can see you might have a neat family adventure abroad with "the three guys" so long as everyone is relaxed about schedule. Your "kids" will likely want to explore on their own. But those days trips I mentioned venturing forth to some destination might be fun for all. And maybe some exploring together around where you stay, such as a castle tour.

Glad to share ideas, though not sure how valuable, about travel as a family in the U. S. Much of this over the years was in camping/sightseeing trips. We have not gone overseas with offspring. And for you as a Mom there will be those knotty questions about packing, travel, lodging, dining, laundry, currency, etc. Already my head is aching just a little!

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Mar 21st, 2006, 09:14 AM
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Thanks "ozarksbill". I feel like you understand what I'm saying about family time. I know the Mom jobs of getting ready ar a real hassle, but it is worth it! Just to get the kids away from the computer and cell phones for a while is priceless!!
You have given very valuable suggestions. I feel like we're getting close to a final destination. Just looking for decent airfare.
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Mar 21st, 2006, 09:37 AM
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trishready, I cherish those family trips we have had with our children when they were preteen and teens - even the organizing work! Part of the fun is seeing the trip through the eyes of each child.

This month we went to London with our 17 yr old (our 20 yr old is in college and her spring break didn't match up. She went to London with friends the following week). I missed having her there, although we had a blast in London. And when my older daughter got back, she told me that she had a great time, but she would also have liked seeing it in our family's way. I guess they see it through our eyes also!

Enjoy your trip, and please let us all know what destination you have picked.
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Mar 21st, 2006, 09:48 AM
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"noe847" Thanks. I will tell you all for sure!
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 10:33 AM
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trishready...interesting thought. What is it that we need to get away from? Not only cell phones and computers but also fixing breakfast and driving to work and answering the phone and all the rest. Plus when you take such a trip as you plan you are actually doing something TOGETHER as a family which doesn't happen so easily.

I do like the idea of each person deciding on something for the family so each gets his turn. Yes, all members must have ownership (not just the dominant parent who love to plan)!
And i would repeat the idea of locating in a place like Prague or London and then taking day trips.

One advantage of traveling in Europe or elsewhere is just experiencing something different. I think it give you an appreciation for other people and values and also for your own country/home. And the shared experience if great...isn't it wonderful to have people who really do want to discuss where you've been, including the funny incidents? We've had that with our own three camping all over the U. S.

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