Today is the 2nd of July... Less than 2 weeks more!
Advise for those who are planning a trip: Start early! I only started planning for this trip about a month back. Bad idea. Through the process I realised I missed out on alot of good deals for hotels. I don't just want any hotel, I try to pick one with a unique factor. There are interesting ones with rooftop gardens or old convants which have been converted to hotels.. Charming.
It's been quite difficult planning also. In a big group, naturally there'll be difference of interests and I'm the only one planning for the whole family. I would like more input from them. It's kinda like a situation where the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. The aeroplane tickets were booked without my knowing and this ended up with 8 days in London and only 6 in Italy!
Along the way when I realised that there was too much timein London so we decided to make a side trip somewhere else. It was either France, Switzerland, Scotland or Ireland but was eventually decided we'd go to Paris.