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Apr232013

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Moulin Rouge Paris Dinner and Show

Paris, France

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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We had one of the best seating in the house right in the middle. Good view of the show. As soon as we purchased it online, the voucher/ ticket didn't have to be exchanged. We traveled in a group of 3 and one of us was allergic to nuts and shellfish. We provided the information in the notes for the menu and the Moulin Rouge staff were able adjust their menu for them. You don't meet with a tour guide for this unlike other Viator tours. We purchased through Viator since there was no foreign exchange fee, and seemed to be cheaper than Moulin Rouge's site itself. The Moulin Rouge waiters and waitressess were on the ball providing drinks, food, water, full course meal very well done, very delicious. The show was just top notch, more than just can can, but acrobatics, comedy, etc. A real must see, wasn't "touristy," as some people said. The tables are crowded and we could see that for some areas, but we were perfect where we were. Enjoy!

Apr172013

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Afternoon Tivoli Trip from Rome: Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa

Rome, Italy

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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The trip to Hardian's Villa and Villa d'Este was perfect. We met with out tour guide at Re di Roma and she spoke perfect english. On the semi-airconditioned bus to Hadrian's Villa she gave us a huge histroy background on Hardrian, the great 5 emperors, and the surrounding area. The Hadrian's Villa tour was very well done, but the last place we saw was the huge pool with statues aligning it. We only stayed a brief moment there to take pictures. She gave the history lesson of the are for a good 3-5 minutes. It is only recommended that she were to give the lesson at the pool so that we could take pictures since it was the highligted part of Hadrian's Villa. We were short on time due to some mishaps and traffic on the way to Hadrian's Villa and we didn't want Villa d'Este to close on us, however, it would've been nice to take more pictures of the pool and maybe 3-5 minutes to try to buy a souvenir before leaving. Villa d'Este was unexpectedly amazing. The tourguide provided lots of knowledge of the area, background history and allowed us to freely roam when we were there. She even recommended things for those who just wanted to eat/ relax vs see all the waterfalls and gardens. Overall for a 4-5 hour afternoon trip this was perfect. Didn't take all day and we still got what we needed from the sites vs doing it on our own.

Apr162013

Tour/Activity

Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples

Naples, Italy

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples was perfect. They found us waiting at the train station near the Star Hotel Napoli side. They took us to pompeii and vesuvius and lunch was amazing. The only issue we had that our initial tour guide that took us from Naples to Pompeii's accent was very difficult to follow. I could follow most of it to get an idea of what she was saying, this was the same for the two other travelers with me. However once we got to Pompeii there was a different tour guide who spoke perfect english and spoke through headsets so we could all hear him clearly. We didn't expect Pompeii to be sooo huge. You have to be quick in some areas with your camera included the body that is pyroclasted, and the brothel. You're rushed through it quick because its a small area where every goes through and you're rushed quick on those parts. The tourguide was very humourous and friendly. He even took our cameras and took pictures for everyone in the center of Pompeii who wanted it (free of course). During the trip another group spoke spanish only and he was able to switch off between giving us a tour in english and then speaking spanish to them. Mount Vesuvius was great as well. It was about a 25 minute walk to the top, and you're given about 1.5 hours. We had enough time to go to the top, take pictures, enjoy the view, but quickly buy souvenirs. The lunch was also very deliciuos with a choice of pizza or pasta. When they ask what you want to drink, ask for soda if you'd like or if they offer wine. We made the mistake of water thinking we'd have to pay for drinks, but it was included as well. Very great tour, couldn't have done it ourself with the bus ride up to the mountain. Very breathtaking.

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