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Edean K

Edean K

USA

May022012

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Skip the Line: Paris Louvre Museum Guided Tour

Paris, France

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

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We've just returned from Paris and feel that the tours we booked with you were reliable and guided by qualified, informative people. Because we just had one afternoon more to spend in Paris, this oveview tour of the Louvre was essential to see the main attractions in a short time of 2 hours and a half where normally it would take you weeks to see everything. Walter, our guide, was knowledgeable, informative, and spoke English well, yet accommodated a German speaking couple. We bypassed long lines and saved valuable time. We found the office of Paris Vision by inquiring beforehand with a previous tour where the driver pointed out the location where we should meet since in reading previous reviews, some people had difficulty finding the office. When your time is limited, I found it best to take a tour by experienced guides. We enjoyed the tour and perhaps the next time, we could do it on our own and spend more time to see all that the treasures of the Louvre.

May012012

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Lido de Paris Dinner and Show

Paris, France

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4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

We enjoyed the Lido show with a half bottle of wine per person. The show was entertaining and it didn't matter to us that we didn't understand all that they sang. It was basically what I expected like a Vegas show, and to have it go on continuously for 2 hrs., they had a Chinese yo-yo expert with real creative moves which went beyond what we've normally seen with Chinese circuses, and other solo performers to break the monotony. We were guided into the show at 9 pm. when we arrived without having to wait in line and after presenting my voucher, we were immediately seated in the balcony section, right up front with a good view. Advantages of going early I guess, even tho it was a holiday, May 1st. The bummer was that there were 4 of us and we switched from Champagne to wine but the waiter opened just opened one bottle and left, and we never saw him again to open the 2nd bottle. Therefore, we took it home unopened. However, we noticed that many people consequently left their 2nd bottle of champagne undrunk in the ice bucket. I thought it was the restaurant's tactic to cut costs.

Apr302012

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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

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The gardens in early Spring are truly beautiful and the 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed this excursion out to Giverny even tho it took us an hour by mini-van to go. Being seniors, it was an advantage to go with a small group tour since the mini-vans can take you up close to the gates and also convenient for pick-up. Also, the small group allows better communication with the guide and other fellow travelers. David, our driver and guide did an excellent job of introducing the region as we rode to Giverny and informed us about Monet in English and then for the sake of a Spanish speaking couple, would explain in Spanish. I found that he was so knowledgeable, educated, and doing all that explaining while still doing a good job at driving. Earlier, in the morning, David did our City Tour by mini-van and just by coincidence, after we had had our lunch he had come with the van again to do our excursion out to Monet's Garden. Believe me, the excursion out to the Garden is a Must-see event for those who enjoy flowers. When we were there, the tulips and early Spring flowers were in full bloom. I can imagine that whenever you see the garden, it'll be different in another special way. Actually, we were on our way home from a River cruise to the Floriade in Venlo, Nehterlands and whereas their tulip and flower displays are more planned and uniform, Monet's garden has a charming natural randomness to it, yet you know that there must be a special plan to it all.

Apr202012

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Brussels Beer Tasting Tour

Brussels, Belgium

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

To tell you the truth, the 4 of us aren't beer drinkers but we wanted to know about the famous Belgian beers and what better way than to taste different kinds that this tour offered. It was the highlight of our trip to Brussels which was the start of our river cruise to Netherlands. With this small group, Mark did an excellent job of showing us various local pubs in out-of-the-way places behind Grand Place and having us taste beer, light, dark, blueberry, chocolate, what-have-you. I particularly liked the beer, "Bad Luck Blonde" but many that we tasted cannot be purchased outside of Belgium and some are the specialty of the pub. The meeting place was easy to find, although I was at first worried since I've never been to Brussels. He led us through the back streets and as it turns out, it is like a city tour as well. We even had a German TV crew following us for this particular tour since Monday was Beer Day in Germany. Anyway, it was a memorable tour and I learned about Belgian beer through TASTE rather than the making process.

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