I have a ridiculous desire to travel through Europe. I blame it on Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen. When I was a young and very impressionable teenager I loved watching the Mary-Kate and Ashley movies. Do you remember those? Titles like Passport to Paris, Winning London and When in Rome? Do you notice a theme to these popular titles? All three of them have the name of an extremely popular city in Europe. After watching those movies as a young teen I have been dreaming about the day when I would get to go. Two and a half years ago I wrote this very similar post day dreaming about a European vacation. Well I am excited to report that I am actually going!!!
I have spent the school year babysitting after school 3 nights a week to earn enough money to fund the better part of our vacation. We will be buying our plane tickets this weekend and then I will be in official crazy excited vacation planning mode.
We plan to leave on June 20th (my last day of school.) We will fly to Rome, spend 3 days there, fly to Venice spend 2 days there, then fly to London and spend 5 days there. Then Mike will come back to the united states and I will fly to Paris. There I will stay with my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin who live just outside of Paris for about a week. I am really excited about my bonus week with my Aunt. I haven't seen her in ages and I don't even think I have met my little 4 or 5 year old cousin. That will be a lot of fun to spend time with them and just relax with no intense travel agenda. To walk to the local markets and park and get a feel for what it would be like to actually live in France... oh I can't wait!!
Here is where I NEED YOUR HELP! Please tell me everything I need to know about traveling to these places. Hotels, restaurants, shuttle services from airports to hotels, things to do, do you buy the city pass or just pay per sight you go? Do you do an organized guided tour or do you try to go to all those places on your own? What is the best website to buy tickets to shows like Les Miserable in London? I can think of several of you who have visited Europe and these cities especially. I have read all your posts and looks over all the pictures and I want to know how you decided what things to do, what things to skip. All of it! I want as much impute as possible. I would be so grateful for any help that you have to offer.
I don't think June 20th will come fast enough. I think my 25th birthday will undoubtably be one I will never forget!