European Highlights


Hi all,[br][br]I had the most AWESOME time in Europe, courtesy of Top Deck, and I wanted to share my experiences with those of you who are considering getting out there yourselves.[br][br]We started off in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! We saw why it truly is called the City of Lights and even got to go to a genuine French cabaret show, with dancers, comedians and an amazing trapeze artist/contortionist. But the best bit was the picnic under the Eiffel Tower, with champagne and loads and loads of yummy french food!! [br][br]We travelled down to Avignon and roamed around the old city for a couple of hours, and then to the French Riviera the next day, where we swam in the Mediterranean sea and got all glammed up to go to Monaco where I lost money in the casino, but had lots of fun doing it![br][br]Then we left France and moved on to Venice … another one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Couldn’t believe how people live in that city … getting around on foot or by boat on the cities watery ‘streets’. Had a gondola ride, which I have always always wanted to do … my gondolier was even called Fabio! We also gorged ourselves on pizza and pasta and took the lift to the top of the bell tower … one of the most amazing views of any viewpoint over any city in Europe![br][br]Then it was on to Rome where we walked the city’s streets all afternoon, finishing up at the Colosseum … all I can say is, wow! Sooo much history and culture … it blew my mind![br][br]We went to the Vatican the next day and saw the Sistine Chapel … my jaw dropped when I saw it.[br][br]We had an afternoon in Florence, saying hi to Michaelangelo’s David and our tour guide showed us where to find the best gelati in Italy! Vivoli’s rocks![br][br]Then, a sad farewell to Italy but on to Switzerland … so, so beautiful! We had a very early start but it was worth it to travel about 2kms up a mountain on a train to the top of the Jungfrau … I had a ride on a husky dog-led sled, threw a few snowballs (apparently there is always snow up there), took a toboggan ride and looked around the Ice Palace … all these amazing ice sculptures, deep inside a glacier. You can even go skiing, although it is designed for beginners.[br][br]The trip was nearly over, but we then went to Germany and met Herman the Mad German, who made the best schnitzel for dinner then entertained us in his bar till the wee hours of the morning, then finally on to Amsterdamage … which, I think, has two completely different sides to it. There is the arty side with the Van Gogh museum and then there is the Red Light District … what can I say, but … only in Amsterdam![br][br]The only downside to the whole experience was that it had to finish![br][br]Thanks Top Deck … I had a brilliant time and will definitely travel with you again![br][br]Euro Chick[br]xxx[br]


Hey,[br][br]I went on the Highlights tour last year, in July 2004. What a blast! Short, but sweet. European Highways, I think we called it![br][br]Jungfrau was awesome, that town at the bottom was a great way of chilling out after Rome… Cooling the blisters on the feet in the beer colling stream! Ha! How cool was the water?![br][br]Anyways, if anyone went on that trip, its Rob from Australia, and Eden was the tour guide, with Amanda the cook. Would love to hear from ya’ll. ;P[br][br]