The Rome Metro is better than Paris’s Metro in the Giants sampling of the two. The initial post about Paris’s Metro was prior to many hot and sweaty rides with little ventilation, no air conditioning, and rather tight conditions with many other people in standing room only metro cars. The lighted status signs found on the first Paris Metro ride sadly were not on many of them.
The Rome Metro was better than the London Tube in the Giants sampling. It was hot in Rome, but never did the Giants feel Satan’s Breath felt in London. The travel conditions on the metro in Rome were tight, but at least they were cool without the use of a heater.
The last public transit of EPIC Camp Goodman was in Rome. As you can see the Giants could smile without the discomfort easily found on two other transit system in Paris and London.
German systems in Berlin and Hamburg were both used and were the cleanest of all without the negatives found in London and Paris. Likely these cities with their S and U Bahns are better system than Rome’s. So Rome, Italy ranks in the middle of mass transit sampler in June and July of 2018:
When in Stratford-Upon-Avon Giants must see a play with the Royal Shakespeare Company. A modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliette played nicely until intermission.
With 2 more hours to drive that night, and intentionally inexpensive partially obstructed views, the plan all along was to only watch the first act to get the feel and experience.
Worth the 11 and 16 pound prices for a play where most seats were 5 times those prices.
The chairs in the back rows are high barstool types that clearly added fun for the youngest Giant.
Giants were split up three and three to get the prices and locations that made sense.The Taco Giant watched the play intently sin this photo doesn’t show the joy in his heart.
1/2 hour at the home of Anne Hathaway, wife of Shakespeare, is more than enough time to question the need to make the drive. The Giants went to see the thatched roof and saw better kept and nicer appearing examples of the covering at other residences near the tourist stop. Giants had only a short time to stop and opted to audit the visit by not paying the high entrance fee (relative to the perceived value). Cafe across provided nice treats and a convenient and clean restroom.
Life is often about the little things. Undergrounds, Subways, and Metros are easier to navigate when the current status is available at a glance. One point for Paris’s Metro over London’s Underground. London has hard to read maps on passenger cars. Paris makes life easy for out of town family travel bloggers by showing status lights in positions riders can see.
Paris made sure to not spoil the Giants since the very next train did not have status lights. Part of point lost for Paris Metro.
Tower of London is a Must See that Could Be Skipped. If Giants could do it over again they likely wouldn’t do it again. Nothing to go back for a second visit for sure.
Crown Jewels are at The Tower of London. Giant advice: get in the line for the Crown Jewels when the line is short. Gotta jump when the time is right. Like anything there is an ebb and flow, and when things ebb jump in line. If at that time some of your group goes to the loo what do you do? Stay in line, see at exit that the timing choice was golden given the hour long queue that was fifteen minutes, and be glad that Londoners are rule followers who will help Giants navigate the structure of things. When the loo goers tried to cut through the line to join the other four it was strictly forbidden and the line had already grown quite long. After a firm rejection to the request to reunite the family for viewing of the jewels a staff member approached the Mother of Giants and said, “Looks like you have a limp.” Limp-less with an excuse given the Giants saw the Crown Jewels together. Soon the phrase, “As Nice as a Londoner” will be commonly said if this continues.
Yeoman tour was what the Giants abandoned early to get in the shorter queue. Tour was interesting enough, but not interesting enough to have a long wait later.
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