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May032013

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Giverny and Monet's Garden Small Group Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

GIVERNY......My dream come true!!! I had visited the Monet Exhibit at the NY Botanical Garden last summer. I went twice and couldn't get enough of the flowers the bridge and paintings!!! Never did I think I would actually be even near Giverny and Monet's Home and gardens!!!!!!! So, when I saw this tour on Viator I had to get it. What an awesome trip. They could have made it a little longer for the money. We didn't have but about 10 minutes at their amazing shop!!!!! 1.5 hrs to do the house and the gardens was not enough!!!! But it was worth the trip. When you see the bridge, the beautifully maintained gardens, the pond, the boats, the house from afar, the entrance with it's archway (I had bought the calendar at the NYBG and it was exactly in person as in the calendar!!!!) flowers, and more flowers, and yet more flowers!!!! What a glorious visit!!!! The home felt lived in - as if we were intruding into someone's private home - it was alive and beautiful, calm and "modern" all at once. I love pink, so to see the house painted pink with Monet's own "green" was beyond words. The flowers were beyond words. The pictures don't do it justice. I took over 1000 pictures and videos of all the flowers, pond, bridge (sad note: people congregate on the bridge not giving anyone else a chance to take a picture by yourself on the bridge!!!!!! We tried to have some people take turns taking pictures - I'll take yours and you take ours - no one was interested!!! Oh well) The paths along the pond and the stream were covered in flowers and more flowers. He loved pink and so do I so I was literally in flower heaven!!!!! I managed to buy seeds to some of his flowers.... I hope they grow in my NC home!!! This was the best part of our 15-day European Trip. I would love to go back and rent a car and go on our own, since it's only an hour from Paris. A must do for flower lovers or for Monet lovers - I'm both so this was 7th Heaven for me!!! Loved it.....

May012013

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Paris City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Paris. One word says it all. Surprisingly the city was way cleaner than we had heard. The best deal when visiting a city and you don't have but a couple of days. The Hop on Hop off is the best deal. We did it twice - first time we just rode and checked all the sites - then the second time we got off at the places we wanted to take our time and explore. We enjoyed the drive, the weather was beautiful and the pre-recorded tour guide was pretty decent. The city and it's heritage is too large to take in a couple of days of course, but we felt we got our money's worth and got to see what was important to us. Well worth the money!!! We enjoyed our Hop on Hop off tour.

May012013

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Private Transfer: Gare du Nord Train Station (Eurostar Terminal)

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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Another great choice because we arrived in Paris late and didn't want to haul our luggage through their Metro System. The driver was very helpful, polite, and professional. He drove us right in front of the Eiffel Tower and it was lit up - what a welcome to Paris!!!!! It was excellent. He also gave us his own live tour guide as he drove us to the hotel. He stopped so we could go to an ATM machine. Very well worth the money and time when you are not familiar with the city's transportation system/language. Well worth the money!!! We also felt very safe...

Apr252013

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London Pass

London, United Kingdom

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

If you actually have 6 full days to do as much as you can, this is the Pass to buy!!! If you don't have the energy or want to explore the many free places in London, buy a 3-day pass and then go on your own. London is a small town so you can see a lot in one day. It's worth it if you have the time. We purchased the London 6-day Pass with the travel card. That was worth it because we could take the bus, the over ground and underground wherever we went. It saved us time and money. No long lines, discounts in certain restaurants and shops, overall the best deal in town!!! I had a slight problem with the travel card. It didn't work after the first day, so I had to find an attendant and explain the situation every single time we got in/out any bus, underground or overground. That was a bit annoying but I made it. Overall, it was the best bet for our time and money.

Apr242013

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City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Dublin, Ireland

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The best way to see all the best sites when you only have a couple of days!!! We fell in love with Dublin and it's people. We can't wait to go back and explore the countryside. The first tour bus had a live guide, the second bus had the pre-recorded guide, it sucked. Luckily, they give you a map and site information so I was able to refer to these as a guide. We did the tour twice this way we wouldn't miss anything!!! The tour was excellent, among all the good sites we stopped at St. Patrick's Cathedral and of course, Guinness, were our favorites!!! We stayed so long we had to take a city bus back to our hotel. It was worth the money....

Apr222013

Tour/Activity

Thames Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Excellent Cruise!!! The crew was entertaining as well as knowledgeable of the historical sites we could explore. We did go on our own a bit then returned to the boat and finished the cruise. It was easy to find and the price was pretty reasonable. Having our tickets before we arrived in London helped keep us away from long lines!!! Even though it was late April, London, was still a busy city.

Apr212013

Tour/Activity

London Airport Private Arrival Transfer

London, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Our driver was at the airport to meet us with a sign with our name on it. He was professional, very knowledgeable, very friendly, and very helpful with our luggage and taking us to our destination. He gave us a brief tour as we were traveling towards Islington. It was a very pleasant ride, his name was John and he was from Portugal. His accent was very interesting as he had lived in many different cities. We used this same service when we arrived in Paris. Excellent service! Eddie and Diana McLemore, USA

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