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A Bunch of Bananas Riding Around the Town – European Discovery

They are trying to make us jealous. I think it may be working …

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Hello from Europe,
 
We’re rocking and rolling our way through Europe! Jealous?  Starting off in London, and seeing people drive on the “wrong” side of the road, took a little getting used to.  The first day started with our meeting and greeting. We topped it off with the London theater Musical Wicked.  We saw the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, followed by a guided tour of the Tower of London.   The London Eye at sunset gave us an awesome view of the city.  We could see the London Bridge, Big Ben – we were on top of the city.  The last day in London we checked out Harrods, one of the biggest and most famous department stores ever. They have everything you could possibly want to buy from cars to food to designer clothing to kittens!  In the evening we were led on a spooky tour all about Jack the Ripper.  There are many legends about the Jack the Ripper in London, luckily we were able to escape to Amsterdam without making history.

We travelled to Amsterdam via the Chunnel, and that was an adventure in itself.  Our amazing bus driver was able to navigate our huge bus into the narrow opening onto the train. On the drive to Amsterdam, we stopped in the capital city, Den Haag (The Hague), where we ate dinner.  The restaurant was right on the North Sea, we saw the most beautiful sunset on the beach.  We took lots of pictures and we can’t wait to show you.  In Amsterdam, the locals bike, so we biked too!  The Yellow Bike Company took us on a great guided tour of the city, we biked over many bridges, saw the famous I <3 Amsterdam sign, and throughout the many narrow streets lining the canals. It was raining to start our bike (beautiful by the end) and the bike company gave us “fashionable” yellow ponchos to go with our yellow bikes. We 100% looked like a bunch of bananas riding around the town.  The Anne Frank Museum was definitely one of the highlights in Amsterdam.  It was really neat to see the Annex, and hear what it was like to live during the Holocaust.  To top off the night we hit up Boom Chicago Comedy Club.  The show was similar to Whose Line is it anyway?  One of our tour leaders Cleo, was even part of the show! Mokeleik or Niet Mokeleik? (ask your kids)

Parissssssssssssssss was not far behind Amsterdam and provided 4 days of sights and group bonding. You know the main spots we hit so I’ll leave those out…but rather give you some insight into the unique European Discovery action. Dinner settings had us in great areas such as the Latin Quarter, Montmartre (home to the Moulin Rouge) and Rive Droite. After the staff kicked off a rambunctious Karaoke evening with Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” (we were possible the most out of tune singers all evening) it was a constant line of tour members lining up to give their pipes a workout. Truly a “memorable” night…haha. Paris offered other fun and some sun as well, but most of all we are seeing this group bond and become a family.

As we head east towards some of the smaller town stops on our tour we look forward to the change of pace from big city life to beach and mountain towns. 

We wish you a wonderful summer and lots of sunshine!