A Tale of Two Cities


June 18, 2006
June 19, 2006
June 20, 2006
June 21, 2006
June 22, 2006
June 23, 2006
June 24, 2006
June 25, 2006
June 26, 2006
June 27, 2006
June 28, 2006
June 29, 2006
June 30, 2006
July 1, 2006



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June 18, 2006

The tour departs for Paris.  Delta flies them across the Atlantic on a 777-200.

June 19, 2006

The tour begins in Paris today, visiting the sites in the heart of the city.  A highlight of the day with be the tour of the Notre-Dame cathedral, construction of which began in 1163, and continued for 200 years. 

Tour stays at My Travel Explorers Hotel, Marne la Vailee, France.


June 20, 2006

The day is spent at Disneyland Paris!    The park is divided into five themes.

Tour stays at My Travel Explorers Hotel, Marne la Vailee, France.


June 21, 2006

The day will be spent at Musee du Louvre.  The group will file their own DaVinci code report.

Tour stays at Suite Hotel Porte de la Chappelle, Paris, France.


June 22, 2006

A busy day loaded with high points.  The view of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower.  A cruise along the Seine.  A stroll through the artists' quarter of Montmartre.  And another climb, this time the Le Sacre-Coeur for a view of Paris.  A hands on period will be spent in an artist's workshop, so you'll have a masterpiece to take home.

Tour stays at Suite Hotel Porte de la Chappelle Paris, France.


June 23, 2006

The tour departs Paris, and travels to Chateau de Versailles, and then continues on to Caen.

Tour stays at Mercure Caen-Centre Hotel, Caen, France.


June 24, 2006

The tour spends time at Le Memorial de Caen Museum which highlights WWII.  

Tour travels overnight from Caen to Portsmouth on a Brittany Ferry.


 June 25, 2006

A big step back in time as the tour visits Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, Oxford, Christ Church College, and punting on the river Cherwell.

Tour stays at Oxford Youth Hostel, Oxford, England.


June 26, 2006

The group will tour a medieval castle in Warwick.  William the Conqueror fortified the site along the river Avon in 1068.  Of course a visit to Stratfor-upon-Avon.

Tour stays at Oxford Youth Hostel, Oxford, England.

Received today via email from Kitty:

Hi Sammy,

I have less than a minute of time left.  I finally figured out how to
send you and email.  We're off to Bath tomorrow.

Love you!!

Kitty

June 27, 2006

Today the tour discovers Bath, the site of Britain's only natural hot spring.  Discovered in 860 BC by the Celtic King Bladud.  The afternoon will be spent at Mill on the Brue.

Tour stays at Oxford Youth Hostel, Oxford, England.

Received today via email from Kitty:

Had a nice day today.  Got to the city of Bath, but didn't get to see
the Roman baths.  We left one leader in town -- Hillary, who teaches
Latin.  I gave her my bottle to get water from the center of the baths.
Three hours after she'd gotten it and carried it in her purse, it was
still warm.  Very cool.

It was good to talk to Mari tonight.  I love the English countryside.
Somehow, someway, you and I need to come her for a few weeks and
explore.  You'd like it a lot.

I love you!!!!

Kitty


June 28, 2006

Finally the group reaches London, and starts by exploring the Science Museum.  If time permits the National History Museum will be toured.  The afternoon will be spent in pursuits at Covent Garden.

Tour stays at Hilton London Docklands, London, England.


June 29, 2006

The group meets with a current or former member of Parliment.  The Tower of London, the Crown jewels, and a cruise along the river Thames.  The day's adventures continue into the evening when the group will take in a play in London's theater district.

Tour stays at Hilton London Docklands, London, England.


June 30, 2006

Today the group visits the WWII Cabinet War Rooms, Buckingham Palace, a drama workshop at the London Theater Museum, and a ride on the London Eye - a 443 ft tall Ferris wheel.

Tour stays at Hilton London Docklands, London, England.


July 1, 2006

The tour group packs up and departs for the United States.