Ever since I did that solo European Tour last year and collected a whole lot of photographs, I have had this urge to have a book printed with it as a memoir. Not a coffee table kind of thing, but something as a pat on my back (is that narcissistic ?) for the first step that I took, which is always the toughest one for me. That tour was a huge confidence booster for me and I will forever be grateful for all those who were there in that group because they made me feel at home and I really really enjoyed their company as much as I did those places. It was also the tour where I covered one of the 7 wonders of the world or rather one of the new 7 wonders of the world , the Roman Colosseum. Today, after so many discarded efforts, I finally completed that 20 page book with selected photographs for each place visited as part of that tour. I tried my hands at Book Wright tool from Blurb and got it done today. The link is given below. I am not planning to sell it, obviously, but am definitely planning to print it for my personal use. It would be of great help if you could review the same (all pages are shown in the preview) and let me know your view, comments or corrections (my English , especially my grammar isn’t that good). Somehow the font I used looks good when I see it in the software, but in the preview, unless it is viewed full screen, isn’t very clear. I might have to rethink about the font.
Cosmos 11 days European tour starting from Rome to London from 14th April 2013 to 24th April 2013
Cost of the tour with the optional excursion included was approx 1600$.
The optional tours which I chose
a) Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
b) Gondola Serenade
c) Venetian Night out and Dinner
d) Dinner and Swiss Folklore (was very good)
e) Mount Titlis
f) Scenic Lake Cruise (could have skipped it)
g) Cabaret Show
h) Dinner and Farewell Orientation
It was an international group (3 families from Australia, 4 from U.S.A, 2 from Philippines, 1 from Malaysia, 1 from Sri Lanka , 1 from Saudi Arabia, 1 from New Zealand and 1 from India – a total of 36 members)
The Tour director was a young Croatian and she was very good, telling us historical tales about each place and keeping us entertained. History never felt this interesting.
Company was amazing. All of them were very accommodating and pleasant and very friendly. Hotels were good except for the one in Rome (which was too small) and the one in Paris. The local tour guide in Vatican was good but the one in Paris was very average. The only long journey which was tiring was from Paris to Calais. The driver was very good, because there was a big accident on the way to Florence (which was not to be cleared till 10 pm) and he immediately re-planned and took us through some narrow high mountains and with 2 hr delay he made it for us. That was quick thinking on his part.
Overall, it was a very satisfying tour and I was very happy, that I made some new friends on the way apart from visiting these amazing places.
Missed the stop between Florence and Austria
The Venice (my dream city)
Final Stop: Paris (Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre, Views from Siene River cruise etc)
Next Stop: Lucerne (Mount Titlis, Glacier cave, The Lion Monument etc…)