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Aug302014

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Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner

Seattle, Washington

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Unfortunately they had "lost" our reservation when we showed up for a fully-booked show. The staff was very friendly and apologetic, and were able to "squeeze" us in to a view-obstructed seating area. Considering that we had spoken directly with the staff at the time of booking, we were expecting a table that was nearer the center and not view-obstructed. Most of the show was visible, however; though I had to turn sideways in the booth seat (uncomfortably) and could not see hardly any of the stage magic act. I would recommend contacting the venue directly to make reservations, and make sure to get the "upgraded" seating (choice of seating was NOT available thru Viator) and to call back a day or two in advance to verify the reservation. The venue and show itself was highly entertaining and I would highly recommend seeing it in any case! I'm still giving a 5 rating, because I think that the error with the booking was not the fault of Viator, the staff admitted it was their oversight.

Oct022012

Tour/Activity

Girona, Figueres and Dali Museum Day Trip from Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Girona is a wonderful little city to wander through, reminded us in many ways of Genoa. Nice and quiet after the hustle and bustle of Barcelona! Figueres/Dali was a must-see (just try to avoid the crush of the other tour groups!) Nice to just wander thru the musuem on our own, but make sure you see everything by following the numbers, we almost missed the "Marilyn" room! Tour guide Arnette, was very friendly and helpful, spoke English fairly well (didn't know it was her first tour until the end!)

Oct012012

Tour/Activity

Hot Air Balloon Flight over Catalonia

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Nickolas and Benjamin, our driver and pilot, were as friendly and helpful as could be, spoke great English and were very patient and explanatory. Incredible views, perfect sunrise weather!! Make sure you watch how they toast your sandwich over the balloon burner after the flight!

Sep292012

Tour/Activity

Barcelona Hop-on Hop Off Tour: East to West Route

Barcelona, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We only had the east-west tour (one of two routes) and could not use the other, but discovered after we got there that another company had three routes and their tickets allowed use of all three. Would have been much more convenient to see Montjuic (quite a hike!) - so I'd recommend the other company's tour instead.

Sep232012

Tour/Activity

Madrid Segway Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

What a great way to get around! Segway is a must-do wherever you are! Saw a couple of places up close that we couldn't see from any tour bus!

My Photos

  • Segway tour, near Royal Palace Madrid

Sep232012

Tour/Activity

Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Bullfight at Las Ventas Bullring

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The tour description was a little misleading, we thought it was a tour of the palace interior followed by the bullfight, but it was just another bus ride through the city (which we'd already done). Opted off of the bus and just went directly to the bullfight. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, it is a gory, bloody event, the bull is "tortured" before he is finally killed (yes, the bulls die at the end) but the ceremony and tradition surrounding it are rich and the arena and crowd excitement was not unlike being at a big football game; so I would say it is something not to be missed. However, what is it with the cigar smokers? there must have been at least 3 within 20 seats of us that stunk to high heaven, and one of our travellers has asthma, so the smell was not pleasant at all, and combined with the gore, tended to make us feel slightly nauseated towards the end.

My Photos

  • Madrid Bullfight
  • Madrid Bullfght

Sep222012

Tour/Activity

Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Most beautiful country, and awesome history in both the walled city and the aqueduct! Had plenty of time in Segovia to have lunch in the square and wander and explore the streets. Guide was Excellent!

My Photos

  • Segovia aquaduct

Sep212012

Tour/Activity

Madrid Super Saver: Madrid Illuminations Evening Tour and Flamenco Show at Torres Bermejas

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Previous reviews about this tour being confusing held true. They combined several different "groups" with different timings together, so the directions/instructions and tickets they were passing out were indeed confusing, and the guide was not so good with English. We ended up getting to the Torres Bermejas about 10 minutes after the show had started, and were taken up to a high room off to the side, which was too warm and stuffy and arranged such that we had difficulty seeing what was left of the show; then, we waited at least 20 to 25 minutes before being served our drink. The show is definitely worth seeing, especially the male dancer at the end, but I'd recommend just booking the show itself separately and skipping this "tour". I can't answer for how the food is at the restaurant, since we didn't have the meal.

Sep202012

Tour/Activity

Madrid City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Madrid, Spain

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Great overview of the city, and nice to be able to stop where and when you want.

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