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Stephen C S

Stephen C S

Canada

Oct052011

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Skip the Line: Louvre Museum Walking Tour including Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

When visiting the Louvre, it's absolutely worth the extra euros to a) have a guide, and b) skip the line. Even early on an October morning, the line to enter the Louvre was long, but our group of about 15 walked right in. The guide was extremely knowledgeable about both the art, and the Louvre itself. Individual headsets made listening easy. My only negative is that our guide tended to go into too much depth about a few paintings, spending as much as ten minutes talking about one piece. I would prefer to hear less, about more pieces.

Oct022011

Tour/Activity

Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

Brussels, Belgium

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My son and I spent about four hours on a Sunday afternoon touring Brussels pubs with Marc, and sampling Belgian beers. Marc met us in Grand Place at the appointed time and, after waiting 15 minutes for three others who had booked the tour- and who didn't arrive- the three of us set off for what turned out to be a private tour. Marc is very knowledgeable about beer, and tailored his selections to our own tastes. The "samples" were all either full glasses of draft, or a bottle split between two of us- not just a tiny taste. The tour covered six different bars, spread around the core of the city, and we tried nine different beers (including a bonus, compliments of one bar owner- thanks Patrice!). We had come to Brussels to experience the beer, and we got full value for the experience with this tour. Highly recommended, if learning about beer- and drinking it- is what you're looking for.

Jun302010

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The actual tour of the Louvre, and the knowledge and communication of the tour guide were excellent. The group seemed enormous at first, as we gathered outside the tour company's crowded quarters awaiting the guides. We waited without any information on what was going on, for more that 30 minutes past the scheduled start time of the tour. However, after the 5 minute walk to the Louvre, the large group was divided into three smaller groups of about 20 each. From that point, the tour was excellent. We were all given headsets, so the guide spoke directly into our ear despite the crowd noise. A guided tour is the only way to get value from a trip to the Louvre.

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