By: Trena Holloway, Senior Travel Consultant
Have you ever dreamt of visiting London, Paris or both? Have you been there, done that, but want to do something different and off the beaten track? Have you ever noticed that everything you want to do is not even on an itinerary listed on a tour, and the dates are even wrong?
Magic & Make Believe With Trafalgar
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My friends and I recently had the opportunity to take part in Trafalgar’s Magic & Make Believe Family Experience this past summer, which is a 9 day program focusing on London and Paris. This tour is ideal for families who want to experience the main sights these two royal cities have to offer with their young ones during a short time frame.
My friends and I were met by a Trafalgar representative at the London Heathrow Airport and transferred to our centrally located hotel, the Thistle Marble Arch. If first impressions mean anything nowadays, I can tell you that this hotel property had all the qualities of a distinguished regal hotel accommodation. Located right off the main shopping strip of Oxford Street, the Thistle Marble Arch Hotel was within a few minutes’ walk to Hyde Park where we visited Speaker’s Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial fountain. A great benefit of this hotel was its proximity to the Marble Arch tube station which we took to get just about anywhere we wanted to be within London.
Growing up, I always saw myself exploring Europe with a big backpack, ripped up sneakers, and multiple large paper maps. I had dreamed of the backpacking life that most 20-something-year-olds fantasize about. I had it all planned out, my limited budget would allow me to fly into one airport, walk, hitch hike, or find a cheap standing only train ticket to move onto my next city. For accommodations, I would find any hostel that seemed relatively safe and clutch my belongings tightly in my sleep so no one can steal anything if I happened to be able to fall asleep among the noise of however many other people were in that same room bunking with me. Plan b would have been to find the warmest, cleanest corner or steps to get a few hours of sleep in before I explored the city with all my belongings on my back.Continue reading