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mother of Kristen who is going to be a famous baker one day!

Apr032013

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Behind the Scenes of a Boulangerie : French Bakery Tour in Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It was great to see the people in the boulangierie in action! We got to see what goes into making breads, croissants and the cream for eclairs. We got to tast a few sample of breads and leave with a croisssant and baguette. It was a treat!

Apr032013

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

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our tour guide was great! I do recommend this way to see the Louvre as it is such a big museum, you would never know what to see first. Our guide took us to the highlights and it still took 3 hours! A wonderful experience!

Apr022013

Tour/Activity

Giverny and Monet

Paris, France

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

My Review

While I am sure at the peak of the season, it is beautiful here, going in April was not as rewarding. We were told that there would be more flowers than what were really blooming at this time of year. The guide was okay and not present once we arrived at the home. To tour the home, it was self guided and quite frankly, if you could find your own way out there, was not worth the nearly $100/pp that was charged for the trip. April is not the time to go if you want to get the full scope of what the trip should be.

Apr012013

Tour/Activity

Paris Chocolate and Pastry Food Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

I scheduled this tour for my daughter and I as a treat because she was a graduate from a baking and pastry program. For this, I/we had high expectations as we were to tour/taste at 3 chocolate, 3 pastry and 1 bread stores. The tour was scheduled on a holiday in Paris/Europe (the day after Easter). Consquently, the availablity of places with which to try were limited. I think our guide did her best but we did not get to visit the amount of places that were promised on the tour. At the pastry shop, although many pastries were displayed, we only got to try macarons. While they were wonderful, there are other offerings that should have been made. As to the chocolate, we did go to a great shop but our other chocolate offering was hot chocolate...was expecting more in the way of chocolate. It also had pastries there; none were offered. The bread offering was good. It was to have been the best of the tours and was highly recommended but one should be aware of local holidays (and should be revealed by the company offering these trips) as the tour may not end up being what is expected. This tour was over $100/pp...we were offered and given a 10% refund but I believe that the trip should have been rescheduled (or not offered) given that it was a holiday. It was an expensive lesson.

Mar282013

Tour/Activity

Skip the Line: Florence Uffizi Gallery Tickets

Florence, Italy

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

Not necessary to purchase tickets this way. If you are in Florence for a few days, you can go into the museum and purchase tickets ahead of time and schedule the time you want to enter for less...but I might recommend using a tour guide, as the was not included, so as to be able to see the highlights of the museaum. It has a pretty extensive collection.

Mar272013

Tour/Activity

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The absolute best! Our tour guide, Becky, was wonderful...she had so much information to offer. Of course, lunch was the highlight but the rest of the trip was very nice and relaxing, too. A long day. I would not bring small children on this trip, as I think it would be too much for them to handle. It was the best trip of all the ones I booked!

Mar262013

Tour/Activity

Small-Group Florence Food Walking Tour

Florence, Italy

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This trip exposed up to some of the culture that was available in Florence. We took this early on our trip to also familiarize us with the city a bit. We had a taste of so many things; wine, coffee, soup, olive oil, balsamic vinegar...and so much more. The experience was great!

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