Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2 Weeks in Europe in November:The Plan

Tomas & I, spent two weeks over the Thanksgiving holidays traveling around western Europe,

We booked our flight there a whole 9 months before the trip but cemented our plans just a few months before. During the next few weeks, you'll see a series of post of what our 3 Day getaways in each of the cities was.

Our itinerary was easy; I really wanted to go to Paris, Tomas really wanted to go to Barcelona and we both really wanted to go to London; I stuck in Bruges and Amsterdam on a whim at the last minute. At the end it looked like this...

Paris, France - 3.5 Days
Bruges, Belgium  - 1 Day
Amsterdam, Netherlands - 1 Day
London, England - 3 Days
Barcelona, Spain - 3 Days

But I wish I could say that was all. The type A person in me could not leave this trip to chance. I created a much more elaborate schedule for our time in Paris and London.

The carefully planned 3 Day itinerary for Paris:

Day 1 
PM - Arc du Triomphe & Champs-Elysee

Day 2
AM - Versailles 
PM - Lourve

Day 3
AM - Rick Steve's Historic Paris Walk ( Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame, the Latin Quarter, and Sainte-Chapelle)
PM - Les Invalides & the Eiffel Tower

Day 4
AM - Rick Steve's Montmatre Walk
PM - Musee d'Orsay


TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
11/25/201411/26/201411/27/201411/28/2014
ParisParisParisParis
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Morning: Follow Rick Steve's book's Montmarte walk
9
Catch the RER suburban train by 8:00 to arrive early at Versailles (before it opens at 9:00) and tour the palace’s interior.
Morning: Follow my guidebook's "Historic Paris" walk, featuring Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame, the Latin Quarter, and Sainte-Chapelle.
10
11
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1pmLUNCHLUNCH
2pm
Grounds at Versailles
Army Museum
Midday: Tour the Orsay Museum.
3pm
4pm
Visit Champs-Elysées then follow Rick Steve's Champs-Elysées walk from the Arc de Triomphe down the grand Avenue des Champs-Elysées to Tuileries Garden 
and then back
Supposed to see Eiffel Tower, it was too cloudy so we walked around Rue Cler instead before heading to the LourveEnjoy the Trocadéro scene and a twilight ride up the Eiffel Tower.

5pm
6pm
Lourve
6:30pm Train To Brugges
7pm*Stops at Laduree and Angelina
8pm
9pm
Dinner at Chateuabruiand
Arrive in Brugges
10pmWalked to City Center
11pmHotel :Best Western Hotel FaubourgHotel :Best Western Hotel FaubourgHotel :Best Western Hotel Faubourg


and for London. the rest of the trip we figured we'd just wing it!

Day 1 
AM -  Buckingham Palace/Changing of the Guards & Westminster Abbey
PM - Chruchhill War Rooms, London Eye & Parliament

Day 2
AM - Tower of London
PM - Rick Steve's Bankside Walk and City Walk to St. Paul's Cathedral & Covent Garden w/ West End show

Day 3
AM - British Library 
PM - British Musuem

MondayTuesdayWednesday
12/1/201412/2/201412/3/2014
LondonLondonLondon
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9Arrive @ Liverpool
Tower of London
10
11Changing of the guard-Buckingham Palace
British Library & British Museum
12Westminster Abbey
1pmLUNCH
2pm
Churchill War Rooms
3pm
Rick Steves's Bankside Walk and City Walk to St. Pauls
4pm
5pmTrain to Gatwick
6pmLondon EyeDinner @ Covent Garden
7pmParliament
West End Show
8pm8:45 Flight to BCN
9pmDinner
10pm
11pmMercure London GreenwichMercure London GreenwichMercure London Greenwich

We had some pretty big ambition on what we were going to be able to do in such a short period of time and I'm glad to report that we did it all and then some!

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