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Day 11

Paris

sunny 25 °C

We leave Lyon for our last destination, Paris. This will be one of the longer coach days, well long by European standards. When we arrive into Paris around 5:30ish we take a tour of the city first via the bus. I thought the drivers in Lima Peru were poor, I had totally forgotten about the process at the Arc de Triomph round about. arc_de_triomphe_traffic.jpgGoodness gracious, no wonder insurance companies won't cover you for driving around the Arc. 7A48C14F2219AC6817BF140986AA6308.jpgceremonies.._de_triomph.jpgBateaux_Mouches.jpgParis is beautiful none the less and as soon as we finish our tour, we head to our hotel which is located in the Saint Ouen area. Dinner is fast because we are then brought back out for our evening visit to the Eiffel Tour. eiffel_tower.jpgSince we are in a group, we did not have the option to walk up the stairs, so sad. Ha. The place is packed and the 3 of us got a little woozy looking down, so we passed on going up to the top. The views taken in from here are so wonderful. Paris is primarily created out of white stone, so it is very surreal to look at it all at dusk. At 1000, the tower lights up and twinkles frantically. C'est si bon!

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Day 7

sunny 28 °C

Well this has been a day of surprises. We wake up to gloomy and rain and then once the bus starts rolling beautiful sunshine begins. Enroute to Venice we are pleasantly surprised by a stop on Lake Garda in the town of Simineon. Glorious sunshine, cutesy town, woodstone fired pizza and the best bottle of Valpollicella Ripasso ever. Back on the bus and another stop in Verona- home of Romeo and Julliette. The kids in the bus followed Mary-Ann's suggestion to write a letter of love & hope wishes and places them into the wall. Cute! Home finally to our place outside Venice island to watch the 2014 Eurovision final. Very crazy indeed.

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Day 6

Munich to Innsbruck

sunny 20 °C

Short bus ride and then free time in Innsbruck. Home of the 1964 & 1976 Winter Olympics. This is a cute town. Lots of great architecture from the Hapsburg era still remains. The mighty 3 of us passed on a bobsled ride afternoon, and just enjoyed some shopping and a delightful vegetarian 3 course lunch for 12.80 euros.austrian_pos.jpgjona_and_me_austria.jpg Oh yes, and a glass of bubbles. Check out the awesome POS they used. I want one for the Highwood.mountains_in_Innsbruck.jpginnsbruck_town_square.jpg Posted by alitabrown 14:26 Archived in Austria Comments (0)

Day 5

Sankt Goar to Munich

sunny

As leaders we decided to make a stop at Dachau concentration camp enroute to Munich. Our tour manager thought this was possible too so we did. Very powerful and amazing experience. Personally it was a chance to pay homage to all my friends parents and families - very moving to say the least. The students were very appreciative also and I hope enlightened! dacchau_entrance.jpg
In the quiet we made our way to Munich which was experiencing a city wide convention. To buy time rather than a walking tour we took a bike tour thru the city centre. Great fun! I can't remember the last time I was on a bike. After a few shaky moments, it really was like riding a bike again. Ha ha. I love how European cities have a serious dedicated and safe bike culture.Mike_s_bik..scot_munich.jpgbike_tour_munich.jpg I didn't even have to wear a helmet and I wasn't worried. Funny how in Calgary we give pedestrians the right of way, not my experience here.
After the bike ride we went to dinner at augustiners Brau haus. Huge restaurant in the centre of town. All 30 of us ate in a separate dining room one the second floor. The male servers brought the food up on 4 ft oval trays with at least 10 plates on each. Crazy. Food was yummy and the beer and pretzels yummier! Augustiners_in_Muncih.jpgPaying bills was not yummy and it impacted our ability to get to the famous hofbrauhaus! We managed to have 45 minutes I. Total and most of the 1litre steins were consumed.
The bus ride to the hotel in Bad-aibling took almost one hour, but it was worth it. The hotel was the best Jerry, the best.

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Day 2

All day in London, a walking we will go!

overcast 20 °C

Contiki prepares what are called "day sheets" and Becc would be very creative in preparing hers. These sheets were very informative visuals for the travellers, so they would know what was planned. london_day_sheet.jpgToday was a free day, so the three of us started right after a full English breakfast for walking tour day seeing all the important sights, like Harrods and Selfridges. We walked over 10 Kms because the central tube stations were closed for maintenance. (Refer to the attached map) We walked over the Millennium bridge, stopped by the Tate Museum, the Tower of London and the delightful Hyde park. Ate some chips, drank a pint and just enjoyed this ancient city. We head back home for our evening in the theatre district, Covent Garden. We dine at Jamie Oliver's Union Jack Grill and like all other wonderful things in this fine burgh, it's expensive! And not even a surprise visit from Jamie either. We round out the evening watching the play Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Very fun to watch live theatre, let alone this particular production.D28BC1CC2219AC681704297B20E6F165.jpgimage.jpg

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