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5/23/11 9:51 AM
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Tommy Gunnz
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Going to:

London, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Rome, Florence, Capri/Almafi Coast, Nice France & Toulon France.

Any and all suggestions/advice is welcome....
5/24/11 7:49 PM
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Lets see, I'll try to avoid the obvious stuff i.e. Tower of London, Eiffel Tower.

London--Stroll through Hyde park. Although if you've seen central park maybe its not the same but I'm a Cali boy.

Warwick castle is an easy day trip and in my opinion one of the top 5 castles in all of Europe. Has a dungeon and oubliette to view and walk around in.

Paris-- I dont have much experience here as i had just one day to explore. But since it is a honeymoon i dont think you should overlook the romance of walking along the Seine at night. The light and architecture is something to behold at night. If you choose to do this during the day make sure to make your way through the Marche aux Fleurs (sp?).Famous flower market with some rare flowers. This might earn you a point or two in her book. Not like you need it (she married you right?).

Rome--I dont even know where to start here. So much to see it is almost impossible to see all of Rome in just a few days. Your a fighter so i believe it is a must you go see the Coliseum. (If you buy your entrance ticket over in the Forum you can get a cheaper price, shorter lines and also double entrance into Palatine hill)

Pantheon is extremely impressive with some of the best outdoor cafes in Rome surrounding it for a great atmosphere.

Ill let you decide which monuments and ruins interest you as i believe that is all subjective to the traveler. But since it is your honeymoon i would not skip strolling through Trastavere. It is bordered by Vatican city on the other side of the river. Trastavere is i guess what could be considered the "rich" part of town. But it is gorgeous and you will find almost all of Rome finest restaurants here. A nice stroll during sundown and then a romantic dinner.


Florence--My favorite city in all of Europe. Ponte Vecchio is the main bridge that connects both side of Florence and is covered in Jewelry shops. With the famous Medicci walk way going over it.

The Duomo is impressive to say the least with all the white and green marble. Walk around and explore the inside of this beautiful church. Crazy to think one of the Medicci was murdered in here during a service. Now you can pay to climb to the top of the bell tower or the dome for an amazing view but it is free and a much, much better view to just climb to the top of Piazza Michelangelo which is on the Pizzi Palace side of the river. You can see the entire city and some of the original stone walls that used to protect the city. Gelato is better here than anywhere else in Italy, eat up while you can. I also dont believe there is a bad place to eat here. My favorite place i found was on the Pizzi Palace side of the river and the name of it escapes me but i know right before you reach the palace there is 3 or 4 good places that i ate at regulary. I was also told, although i didnt have the balls to try it myself, that the best tripe sandwhich in all of Italy can be found in Florence's market during the week.

......It's time for me to leave work. I'll get back to this the next time i get some free time later this week. I got some more tidbits to share.
5/25/11 9:11 PM
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awesome reaponse thank you very much! Phone Post
5/27/11 4:10 PM
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I think i only got one more idea for you....

I almost forgot that if you spend enough time in Florence that you are looking for a good day trip. You can hop on a public bus for pretty cheap and take a day trip out to San Gimignano. It was only about a 45 minute bus ride i think. This was my favorite Tuscan hill town. Its a very well preserved medieval walled city. The front gate entrance is pretty impressive with about 30ft stone walls. It is usually fairly uncrowded although i think more and more people are catching wind of this town and realizing its a btter bet than other walled hill towns. Great food, great cafes, great Tuscan countryside. Some of my favorite pictures of Italy come from here and the sights of almost endless valleys. I dont think me explaining it can do it justice. You can look up some pictures though.

I hope all this helps and i hope your trip is amazing. I love to travel. Its my job and a major part of my life.
5/28/11 2:11 PM
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 Do fewer cities. Unless you are honeymooning for a month you are doing too much. You will easily need a week for Rome alone.
5/30/11 12:55 PM
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I know that I am not going to see the WHOLE city while I am there but am looking to get a taste of everything and if there are places that I loved or want to see more extensively I can always go back.


Half of the trip is a mediterranean cruise with excursions (rome, florence, capri, toulon, nice), while Paris, London, Barcelona and Amsterdam we are doing on our own


I have already been to Italy before and seen just about everything except for a few places like Sicily and the Amalfi Coast which I will see this time.


I don't have a lot of time in each place so I want to hit as many of the "big" spots as I can while I am there

London for 2 days, Paris for a day and a half, Barcelona for 2 day and Amsterdam for 1 day. I am gonna hit all the touristy things such as Buckingham Palace, Eiffel Tower, The Louvre.......any other ideas for London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona I am all ears. I would really love to see a soccer game one of the nights I am in England if possible, I'm not a soccer fan but feel that would be something incredible to see live
5/30/11 12:56 PM
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"Great food, great cafes, great Tuscan countryside. Some of my favorite pictures of Italy come from here and the sights of almost endless valleys. I dont think me explaining it can do it justice. You can look up some pictures though."


Lurk, last time I was in Italy I went wine tasting in Tuscany and that Tuscan country side was probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I took some pictures there but it did NOTHING compared to how it actually looked in person. Since then I have said I would love to get a summer home in Tuscany at some point
5/31/11 2:55 PM
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Tommy Gunnz - "Great food, great cafes, great Tuscan countryside. Some of my favorite pictures of Italy come from here and the sights of almost endless valleys. I dont think me explaining it can do it justice. You can look up some pictures though."


Lurk, last time I was in Italy I went wine tasting in Tuscany and that Tuscan country side was probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I took some pictures there but it did NOTHING compared to how it actually looked in person. Since then I have said I would love to get a summer home in Tuscany at some point


I agree completely. I went home this weekend and thinking about what i put on here and if i had forgotten anything i was taking a look at some of my photos from San Giminiano and just thinking, "Those are great pictures but i still feel like it looked better than that picture shows."

A Summer home would be ideal (although out of the realm of possibility for me as of now) out in Tuscany. Of all the places I've been only Tuscany and Ireland have been places that I could consider living or retiring.

Ill see what more i can remember from London and Paris that might be some nice and out of the ordinary but its been almost 10 years. Ill check out my pictures and see if i left anything out. Barcelona and Amsterdam though i got nothing for you. Haven't made it there, I hit the big spots i wanted to see in Europe and now I'm moving my travel focus to some trips in Asia.


When are you doing this trip? I love the idea of the Mediterranean Cruise. Its exactly how i want to travel the Holy lands.
5/31/11 10:09 PM
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"I hit the big spots i wanted to see in Europe and now I'm moving my travel focus to some trips in Asia."



Leaving for London on August 15. After this trip I will have seen England, France, Spain, Amsterdam, Italy, Switzerland. There are a few other places I want to see in Europe but I am already thinking about my next trip next summer (assuming she doesn't get pregnant) and would like to hit another continent. Some of the ideas I am throwing around are a safari in Africa, the pyramids in Egypt, Thailand or Brazil.......also New Zealand looks fucking BEAUTIFUL so an australian/new zealand cruise could be possible as well. I just want to see everything LOL
7/13/11 8:13 PM
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@tommy - go to monaco, it will leave your eyes and heart open, it's 15min train from nice
7/26/11 4:54 PM
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Tommy- Came across this article. Something cool to do in Paris.

http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/26/the-beaches-of-paris-return-to-the-banks-of-the-seine/
7/27/11 7:08 PM
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thanks so much guys. I leave in 19 days!!!
8/5/11 6:14 PM
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10 more days....

Heres some more cool "by the river" stuff they are doing in Rome as well now.

http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/05/night-life-and-more-along-romes-tiber-river/#more-49011
8/5/11 6:18 PM
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Ive also been meaning to tell you that in August, Rome somewhat goes on its own holiday. A lot of shops close up and owners and locals head for vacation. Hopefully it wont effect you but i thought i would pass on that little tidbit.
10/3/11 7:41 PM
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How did it go?
10/12/11 11:39 AM
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It was fucking incredible.

London was really neat, shitty weather though I wore a sweatshirt most of the time there, even in August. I got to see the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace which was really awesome. Lots of great historical things to see. Surprisingly I thought there would be pubs EVERYWHERE but that wasn't the case at all and sometimes we really had to walk around for a while to find one.

Paris was a really nice romantic city but wasn't even the best place in France. France really blew me away I was so impressed especially the French Riviera (St. Paul de Vence, Cannes, Villafranche). It is an amazing, beautiful country. I have been to Italy before and never thought I would see another place so beautuiful but France definitely is right up there. The people were VERY friendly despite the stereotypes and they spoke English everywhere.

Barcelona was a pretty city to look at but by far my least favorite of the trip. The people weren't very friendly and it was the only place I had trouble not speaking the native language. I also wasn't a big fan of the food. Also, there wasn't nearly as much to do or see as the other countries. What I did like was the topless beaches that they have haha. It is definitely a huge party city, when I was leaving at 6am to catch a bus to the airport you would think that it was 11pm and the night was just starting. On my 5 minute walk to the bus stop I saw a dude snorting coke off the park bench and multiple others smoking weed.

Italy was beautiful. As I said before I have been there before but this time I got to go to the Amalfi Coast which I hadn't been before and WOW it is something to see! Driving up the cliffs on the Amalfi Coast in a big coach bus was also super scary, one slip on a sharp turn and its a 500 foot drop off the cliff! I also went wine tasting in Tuscany, went back to Rome, as well as Sorrento. I was super excited to see Pompeii but was very disappointed in that excursion.

Last, we went to Amsterdam which was fucking awesome (except the weather which was horrible. It was like 50 degrees and pouring rain a lot of the time, which they said is pretty common there). I saw the Ann Frank house where she hid out during the war which was really moving and I am very glad I saw and experienced that. They say Las Vegas is Sin City......well Las Vegas is like Disney World compared to Amsterdam. You always hear about the "window girls" that you can buy and let me tell you......these girls are BEAUTIFUL! Nothing like you would picture that a prostitute looks like, or what an American prostitute looks like. Seriously, the whores there were mostly 10's, and I'd say the worst I saw was an 8! And for $50 Euro you can have 15 minutes with them to do whatever you want lol. I ended up going to a live sex show one night which was pretty interesting. It was in a building with seating like a movie theatre and even had balcony seats and there was a stage that would rotate as people fucked haha. I've watched plenty of porn in my time but actually watching it in person was pretty crazy. They had 8 acts......4 couples, lesbians, 2 strip teases and a bananna show.......where this chick puts a bananna in her pussy and calls people on stage to take bites of the bananna out of her pussy haha. Obviously there were tons of weed and drug shops everywhere. But it was a beautiful city, filled with canals and boat houses and people ride bikes or boats everywhere, not a ton of cars. It was a really really neat city like nothing I have ever seen before. Also, the people in Amsterdam were the nicest, happiest, friendliest people I have ever met.
10/12/11 12:08 PM
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Sounds like a really great trip! Great to hear.

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