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August 17, 2010

Planning a vacation: Top ten cities you should visit

European travel brings you to the most steeped-in-history cities of the world.

My top ten cities you should visit are London, England; Paris, France; Barcelona, Spain; Marseille, France; Florence and Rome, Italy; Istanbul and Kusadasi, Turkey; Athens, Greece; and Venice, Italy. Fly to London and then take the Eurostar Train through Paris and coach to Barcelona, or fly from London to Barcelona.

Book a Cruise from Barcelona and you will enjoy all of these cities in just 12 days.

My wife and I were spell bound by the immense beauty and history of these cities and you will be, too!

But I digress. As we lead up to this great adventure and to experience first hand, the wonder of these cities, we’d like you to follow us through the 25 days we spent in Europe and the Mediterranean last year (September, 2006).

We found that by booking the air flight separate from the tours, you can save considerably. Being Canadian, we flew from Calgary, non stop, to London overnight which provides a good night’s sleep and you arrive refreshed to take on the sites of London.

The flight was uneventful, plenty to eat and although sleep wasn’t always easy, we managed to get some rest. We landed at Heathrow International Airport and took the Trafalgar Tour Airport Shuttle Service to our hotel in Fulham. After a quick check in and lunch, we took the subway to Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, and then back to our hotel for dinner and bed.

Hint: It’s wise to pre-purchase a London Pass before you leave home, and you can save on entrance fees to many London attractions.

The next day, we started our Taste of Britain Tour, with a continental breakfast followed by a City Tour of London including all the famous spots of down town London.

We purchased tickets for the show “Les Miserables” from one of the down town vendors at much reduced rates and then caught the subway to Westminster where we took a Catamaran Cruise down the Thames as far as the Tower Bridge and back. Beautiful.

We then visited the London Acquarium which was only average in standard, before walking to the Imperial War Museum for some intriguing information about the Holocaust and scenes from both major wars.

As we’d seen much of the London sites before, we were happy to have a quick bite to eat, then off we went to the Queens Theatre to see “Les Miserables” which was just marvelous.

The following morning, the Taste of Britain tour of England, Scotland and

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