Monday, July 22, 2013

Weekend trip to Boston

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Here is two and a half day itinerary I put together for my clients who went to Boston a month ago.
Suggested Hotel:  Hotel Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
Quick guide on what to do in Boston.

Download HopStop App. It will help you to navigate through Boston easier + Google Maps + TripAdvisor Boston

Arrive to hotel
Walk to Boston Commons and then go to Prudential (go to the top to see the city)
From Prudential take Green Line (subway) towards Park St. , change train to Red Line, go to Harvard Sq
Subway map here

Go to Harvard Sq. - you might see street performances and very great atmosphere
Eat in Fire and Ice
Return to Hotel
Red Line to Asmont, get off at Charles

Start with
Freedom trail - nice 2.5 hour walk around historical places. There is a line on the road to follow.

Trolley tour around Boston
Will give you glance into Boston's history (you can see USS Constitution if you don't drive there)

Duck tour - one that I told you (starts next to Prudential)

Visit Old State House

Visit Quincy Market
You can have lunch or snack in its food court or outside

Go to Holocaust memorial, next to Quincy market

Go to Charlstown to see USS Constitution. The best way is to drive your car there ( if you don't take trolley tour)

In the evening go to Newbury Street in Back Bay (restaurants, cafes, boutique shops).
There are bunch of restaurants there.

1. Science Museum - very good for kids

2. Boston Commons - nice park

3. Tour around Harvard - free of charge

4. Unique glass collection in Harvard Museum of Natural History

5. Museum of Fine Arts

If you want to eat good Italian Food go to North End. There are good Italian restaurants on each corner.
Good Spanish food is in restaurant Dali

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Castel Sant'Angelo (Rome)

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Castel Sant'Angelo (in Rome) started a special summer program with late night excursions.  Not only tourists can explore this attraction, but also they can get to concerts.

Night tours are held from July 2 to September 8 in English, Italian, French and Spanish. Tourists can visit those parts of the Citadel, that are not accessible to visitors usually. So, they enjoy the Passetto - 800 m long corridor, linking Castel Sant'Angelo and Vatican palaces, will see the Dungeon where Pope Paul III, Italian humanist Pomponio Leto, the sculptor Benvenuto Cellini, Mystic and adventurer Giuseppe Balsamo, count Cagliostro, and many other interesting people were held.

Tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday from 20:30 to 01:00. Ticket price for adults is 10 euro, children up to 10 years old can enjoy them for free. 

The courtyard of the Cortile della Balestra is the place of classical and jazz music performances on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (from July 15)


Monday, July 1, 2013

Switzerland with kids

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Here is the itinerary I put together for my clients with two kids, boy and girl. They rented a car in Germany and traveled to Switzerland.

On the way from Darmstadt, Germany you can stop in Basel

Ideas for Basel

1) Doll House Museum

2) Basel Zoo

3) Animal Park

Ideas for Lucerne

4) Transportation museum (Lucerne)

5) Cog train from Brienz
You can get to Brienz from Luzerne
by car (37 km)
by train
by steam boat

6) Glacier Garden - museum, maze, garden - can be a good place for kids
7)  The Picasso Gallery

8) Pilatus Railway - the steepest cogwheel railway

Day trip to Zurich

9) Zurich Zoo

10) Toy Museum

11) Zoological Museum
12) Museum of Modern Arts

Day Trip to Montreux - super expensive resort town where a tiny ice cream can cost you $10 (it is what I remember the most), but it can be fun
128 km from Lucerne; 95 km from Geneva
You can go to Montreux  on your way from Luzerne to Geneva

13) Swiss Museum of Games - can be fun for kids

14) Chateau Chillon - Swiss most famous castles where Lord Bayron was imprisoned

15) Food museum - can be fun, shows where food comes from

16) Swiss Vapeur Parc - Miniature wonderland. Because your son loves trains. It can be great place to spend time

Ideas for Geneva
17) Musée d'Historie Naturelle
18) Animal park

19) Barbier-Mueller Museum - Masks museum

20) City parks - 1/4 of the city is in parks
21) Trains and trolley tours
22) Forestland park & playground
23) Boat trip on a lake
24) Ride the train
a red and black solar powered train that runs from along the lake’s left bank from Jardin Anglais to Parc Eaux-Vives.

25) Chocolate factory tour

Interesting links about Geneva

More about Geneva

Sunny Day:

- Jardin Botanique

-In the summer, go the the Place de Nations to play in the water fountains. Dont forget the bathing suits.
Rainy Day:
- Museum of Natural History.
- Get onto the yellow public transport boats and cross from shore to shore until they get tired.


Chez Ma Cousine, Rue Lissgnol 5, where you get delicious roast chicken with potatoes and salad (under CHF 15). Two other Chez Ma Cousine restaurants exist in Geneva, one in the Old Town and one in Petit-Saconex. for more details.

Sushi Boky - South East Asian.  Walk out the front of the railway station and turn left (Rue de Lausanne).   Walk about 50m and it's on the right hand side, tucked into the tall building next to Mc D's.

Luigia - somewhat expensive, but kid-friendly pizza place

Good website for family restaurants, but not sure if they are all in Geneva

Top 10 restaurants for different budgets

Accommodations considered
Accommodation options
Great apartment to rent
Holiday Inn Express Luzern - Neuenkirch - $150

Great apartment to rent