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Oct302012

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Paris Chocolate and Pastry Food Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The chocolate and pastry tour was fabulous. Our guide, Myriam of Meeting the French, was knowledgable, charming and entertaining. She filled our afternoon with delightful stories, engaged us in discussion as we wound our way around St. Germain des Pres, and selected the tastiest tidbits in the area's finest chocolate and pastry shops. Yum, yum. This tour should be included on every chocolate lover's itinerary.

Oct292012

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French Wine and Champagne Tasting in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our host/sommelier Pierre was charming, engaging and informative and the wine cellar full of atmosphere, a perfect place to learn more about French wines and champagne. The tasting lasted almost 45 minutes past the allotted time, an indication of the level of curiosity and enjoyment in the room. If Pierre had other places to be, he certainly didn't show it. He was the ultimate host and teacher (and not hard on the eyes, either).

Oct282012

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Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Do not waste your time or your money on this tour. It was an hour of my life that I'll never get back. What should have been an enjoyable evening on the Seine turned out to be a waste of time. The kitschy background music overwhelmed the disembodied, pre-recorded recitation of facts that masqueraded as information on headphones that crackled constantly. As if that wasn't bad enough, our tour included a group of about 50 prepubescent teens from Preston, England who were among the rudest, most unruly and disrespectful young people I've ever had the displeasure of meeting. This tour was a waste of time and money. Save both of your's; try a different tour.

Oct262012

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Masada and the Dead Sea Day Trip from Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Israel

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

A terrific tour led by a guide who had an obvious passion for the desert and the Dead Sea. Floating in the Dead Sea after a curative mud bath, followed by a relaxing 30 minutes in the warmth of the sulphur spring, is a great way to forget all your troubles.

Oct252012

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Day Tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Jerusalem, Israel

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

It's hard to find fault with a tour that took me to the birthplace of Christianity, but neither of the guides (we were handed over from an Israeli guide to one in the Palestinian-controlled territories) seemed to have any real knowledge to share, other than the most basic facts. Even in Bethlehem, commercialism reared its unpleasant head with a tour-included stop at a souvenir shop. Still, it's hard to argue with all that history (ancient and somewhat current). As long as you can withstand the pleas of merchants to buy their trinkets, though, this is definitely a tour worth taking.

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