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Alain

Alain

Singapore

Dec272014

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London Pass

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

The London Pass was generally overpriced, especially one has to pay additional fee for the use of public transport. Why can't it be like Paris Pass ? All inclusive. The staff at the London Pass collection center was unfriendly and unhelpful when we tried to get some general information on the use of public transport in London as I assumed they would have expected since they are dealing with tourists, yet the staff simply brushed us aside and asked us to ask the staff at the underground station. A number of the attractions included in the Pass are actually free for admission except for the special exhibitions, e.g. the National Gallery, the National Portraits Gallery, Tate Modern, hence the high price is the more unjustifiable. We knew in advance that public transport (underground and buses) was not available on Christmas Day, and we half expected the service would be stopped earlier on Christmas Eve. As it turned out, a number of underground stations and segments of several underground lines were closed / service not available from 26 Dec to 30 Dec due to "engineering work". We were forced to continuously changed our travel itinerary as some of the attractions we planned to visit were served by only 1 underground line. We chose a hotel near St James' Park station because it was supposedly to be central and convenient for us to travel to most other parts of London, yet other than 1 (first and last) underground ride on 24 December, we were not able to use the station throughout our stay because it was closed !! Simply ridiculous !

My Photos

  • Big Ben

Dec262014

Tour/Activity

Independent Shopping Trip to Bicester Village Luxury Outlet from London

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

Our visit to Bicester Village was another disastrous experience in London. We chose to visit there on 26 December because most parts of London were still closed on that day. It was so crowded that the coach driver from Evans Evan that brought us there was directed to alight the passengers at the coach car park instead of the normal drop off point near the Village Information Center. Whereas the tour agencies in other European cities would normally distribute the discount coupons either at their town offices or on the coaches, the discount coupons for Bicester Village were distributed in freezing open air of the car park without proper instructions when we arrived. There was queue in front of almost every store inside the village, some took us 45 minutes before we could even get in, and we queued for another 30 minutes or so to make payment. The prices in the stores are comparatively more expensive than other outlets in other major European cities. The price tags showed the same numbers, but they are in GBP whereas the others are in Euro.

Dec202014

Tour/Activity

Paris Pass

Paris, France

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

On paper, Paris Pass is a good tool for tourists as it combines the ease of priortiy access to most museums and monuments, and the convenience of public transport like metro, RER, buses, hop on hop off. However, given all that Paris has to offer, one could hardly get back his money worth with a 2-days Paris Pass since one could only visit limited number of museums and monuments in 2 days.

My Photos

  • Mystique Pyramid and Louvre
  • Gorgeous Louvre and Pyramid

Dec192014

Tour/Activity

La Vallée Village Shopping Outlet Round-Trip Transport from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

La Vallee Village offers most of the European brands that tourists seek except Prada, although the varieties of products among top brands like Armani, Ferragamo, Tods, Gucci, Boss are just average. Price wise it is definitely attractive comparing with city prices. The tour allows one to choose a return time of 2:30 pm or 5:30 pm, so this is definitely a plus point.

May102013

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Foxtown Outlet Shopping Tour

Milan, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Very convenient and hassle free way to go to Foxtown, fee is v reasonable, the only reason I rated 4 instead of 5 stars is that I wished the tour can be extended by 1 hour. The shopping is good but we just didn't have enough time for all the shops we want to visit.

May092013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

Rome, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

Excellent tour. The tour guide (an Italian lady) is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, she even possessed a certain degree of humour which made the walking lighter ! The tour is a bit pricey thought !

May032013

Tour/Activity

Serravalle Outlet Shopping Tour

Milan, Italy

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

Somewhat disappointing. Although it has a number of brand names that Singaporeans are crazy over, the shops are small and the varieties are limited.

Dec292012

Tour/Activity

Lake Como Day Trip from Milan

Milan, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Fantastic tour, Lake Como is really beautiful ! The tour was planned out well, with just about sufficient free and easy time for ourselves. The male tour leader was friendly, v knowledgeable and professional. My wife and I really enjoyed it.

Dec212012

Tour/Activity

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

The tour is a bit too long especially at Siena. Leaning Pisa tower is the best part of the tour, sunset scenery at Pisa is really beautiful and romantic. The lunch is the most disappointing part of the tour.

Dec182012

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Small-Group Milan Walking Tour with da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' Tickets

Milan, Italy

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

For first time visitors to Milan, this is a good introduction to the city. The Last Supper is probably over rated. I felt the tour should end at the Duomo, the starting point instead of the Church of Santa Maria deller Grazie cos it could confuse 1st time visitors to Milan.

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