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1985 EUROPEAN TOUR
Boy Scout Troop 33 - DeKalb, Illinois


Mont St Michel, France visited on June 11, 1985.


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1985
EUROPEAN
TOUR


June 6 - July 14, 1985


39 Day Tour
$1,600.00 cost p/person














Thirty Nine Days of International Adventure




TROOP 33 EUROPEAN TOUR
June 6, 1985 - July 14, 1985


AUSTRIA - BELGIUM - DENMARK - FRANCE - GERMANY - ICELAND - ITALY - LIECHTENSTEIN
LUXEMBOURG - MONACO - NETHERLANDS - SWEDEN - SWTIZERLAND - VATICAN CITY



QUICK LIST - 39 DAY ITINERARY - JUNE 6 - JULY 14


Day 01 - Flight to Europe - First Day - Thursday June 6, 1985


Day 02 - Reims, France
Day 03 - Paris, France
Day 04 - Paris, France
Day 05 - Paris, France
Day 06 - Mont St Michel, France
Day 07 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 08 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 09 - Zurich, Switzerland
DAY 10-13 - GROUP I
Day 10 - Geneva, Switzerland
Day 11 - Nice, France
Day 12 - Nice, France
Day 13 - Nice, France - (reunited)
DAY 10-13 - GROUP II
Day 10 - Zermatt on narrow gauge train
Day 11 - Hiking - Swiss Alps
Day 12 - Hiking - Swiss Alps
Day 13 - Nice, France - (reunited)

Day 14 - Rome, Italy
Day 15 - Rome, Italy
Day 16 - Rome, Italy
Day 17 - Rome, Italy
Day 18 - Florence, Italy
Day 19 - Florence, Italy
Day 20 - Florence, Italy
Day 21 - Florence, Italy
Day 22 - Sorrento, Italy
Day 23 - Sorrento, Italy - (Capri & Pompeii)
Day 24 - Eurail Travel
DAY 25-29 - GROUP I
Day 25 - Paris, France
Day 26 - Paris, France
Day 27 - Innsbruck, Austria
Day 28 - Innsbruck, Austria
Day 29 - Cologne, W Germany - (reunited in Munich)
DAY 25-29 - GROUP II
Day 25 - Eurail Travel
Day 26 - Stockholm, Sweden
Day 27 - Stockholm, Sweden
Day 28 - Stockholm, Sweden
Day 29 - Eurail Travel - (reunited in Munich)

Day 30 - July 5 - Venice, Italy
Day 31 - July 6 - Venice, Italy
Day 32 - July 7 - Vienna, Austria
Day 33 - July 8 - Vienna, Austria
Day 34 - July 9 - Salzburg, Austria
Day 35 - July 10 - Salzburg, Austria
Day 36 - July 11 - Munich, Germany
Day 37 - July 12 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Day 38 - July 13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Day 39 - July 14 - Return Flight - Final Day - Sunday July 14, 1985




Amsterdam, Netherlands was visited June 12-13, 1985.


A MORE DETAILED ITINERARY


1. FLIGHT - ICELAND LAYOVER

Day 1 - June 6 1985
- Depart Chicago (flight left several hours late)
- Short layover in Reykjaveck, Iceland.
- Overnight - slept on the plane - Icelandair Airlines.

2. LUXEMBOURG - REIMS, FRANCE
Day 2 - June 7 1985
- Flight arrived in Luxembourg
- Rented Ford Mini-bus
- Drove to Reims, France.
- Overnight - Hotel des Arcades - Reims, France.

3. REIMS - PARIS, FRANCE
Day 3 - June 8 1985
- Sightseeing in Reims, France.
          + Cathedral of Notre Dame, also known as Reims Cathedral.
- Drove Ford Mini-bus into Paris. Searched and found original hostel.
- Referred to hostel in Nanterre/La Defense (Paris suburb).
- Drove through Paris including around the Arc de Triomphe (not easy)
- Checked into hostel at Nantere/La Defense
- Returned to Paris via RER and Metro transit systems, confusing first time commute.
- Dinner and Sightseeing in Paris until dark.
          + Place de la Opera
          + Saw Mahatma Ghandi of India exiting the Opera House
          + Long hike through Paris climbing up to Montmartre
          + Montmartre and it's view (city lights at night)
          + Sacre Couer
- Overnight - youth hostel - Nanterre/La Defense (Paris suburb)

4. PARIS, FRANCE
Day 4 - June 9 1985
- Breakfast at hostel, 30-minute commute to Paris.
- Full day of sightseeing in Paris.
          + Arc de Triomphe
          + Opéra national de Paris
          + Louvre Museum (was free on Sundays)
          + Walking along the Seine River.
          + Eiffel Tower
- Overnight - youth hostel - Nanterre/La Defense (Paris suburb)

5. PARIS, ST MALO FRANCE
Day 5 - June 10 1985
- Sightseeing in Paris until around 5:00 p.m.
          + Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
          + Sainte-Chapelle
          + Palais de Justice
          + Wandering time on the Left Bank
          + Les Invalides (Napolean's Tomb, Armee Museum)
- Left Paris. Dinner in LeMans, France
- Drove Ford Mini-bus to St. Malo, France. Arrived late evening.
- Overnight - youth hostel - Patrick Varangot Center - St Malo, France.

6. MONT ST MICHELL, FRANCE - BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Day 6 - June 11 1985
- Leave St Malo
- Drove through small french villages along coast.
- Arrive Mont St Michel by lunch for touring.
- Tour World War II Musuem in Bayeaux.
- Drive to Rouen for late dinner
- Drive to Brussels, Belgium, arrive about 1:00 a.m.
        + late night fuel stop and driving tour.
- Overnight - driving mini-bus to Amsterdam.

7. AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Day 7 - June 12 1985
- Arrive early morning in Amsterdam
- Drop off van at rental agency.
- Full day of sightseeing in Amsterdam.
- Overnight - Vondelpark Youth Hostel - Amsterdam, Netherlands.

8. AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Day 8 - June 13 1985
- Day of sightseeing in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
- Begin 30-Day Eurail Pass
- Overnight - train to Zurich Switzerland.

9. ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Day 9 - June 14 1985
- Spend day sightseeing in Zurich, Switzerland.
- Overnight - youth hostel - Zurich, Switzerland.
- Evening laundry time.

10. SWITZERLAND
Day 10 - June 15 1985
- Day train ride through mountains of Switzerland.
- Changed trains in Lucerne, Switzerland.
- Train traveled through the Lotschberg tunnel.
- Divided into two subgroups at stop in Brigg, Switzerland.



DIVIDED INTO SUBGROUPS



SUBGROUP - HIKING SWISS ALPS
TRAVEL - SWISS ALPS
Day 10 - June 15 1985

- Brigg to Zermatt on narrow gauge train.
- Overnight - Hotel Banhoff - Zermatt.
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SWISS ALSPS
Day 11 - June 16 1985

- Day hike trails on Matterhorn.
- Overnight - Hotel Banhoff - Zermatt.
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SWISS ALPS - TRAVEL
Day 12 - June 17 1985

- Day hike trails on Matterhorn
- Zermatt to Geneva, Switzerland.
- Dinner and sightseeing in Geneva.
- Overnight train to Nice, France.
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SUBGROUP - RIVIERA CYCLING TOUR
TRAVEL - GENEVA
Day 10 - June 15 1985

- Train to Geneva, Switzerland.
- Dinner and sightseeing in Geneva.
- Overnight train to Nice, France.
FRENCH RIVIERA
Day 11 - June 16 1985

- Arrive in Nice, France.
- Tour Nice and environs.
- Enjoy Riviera beaches.
- Overnight at hostel in Nice.
FRENCH RIVIERA
Day 12 - June 17 1985

- Cycling along Mediterranian coast.
- Cycle to Monte Carlo, Monaco.
- Cycle route through Alps.
- Cycle to village of Eze, France.
- Cycle back to Nice.
- Overnight at hostel in Nice, France.



SUBGROUPS RE-UNITED


13. NICE, FRANCE
Day 13 - June 18 1985
- Visit museums.
- Enjoy Riviera beaches.
- Overnight - sleep on train to Rome, Italy.

14. ROME, ITALY
Day 14 - June 19 1985
- Arrive in Rome, Italy early a.m.
- Short nap at hotel,
- Sightseeing in Rome.
- Overnight - Pensione Gabriel in Rome, Italy.

15. ROME, ITALY
Day 15 - June 20 1985
- Visit the Vatican
          + tour St Peter's Treasury
          + tour St Peter's Dome
- Tour other sights in Rome.
- Overnight - Pensione Gabriel in Rome, Italy.

16. ROME, ITALY
Day 16 - June 21 1985
- Visit the Vatican
          + tour Sistine Chapel
          + tour Vatican Museums
- Other sights in Rome.
- TWA terrorist incident discussed with U.S. Embassy.
- Planned visit to Greece cancelled upon advisory.
- Parents informed of itinerary change.
- Overnight - Pensione Gabriel in Rome, Italy.

17. ROME, ITALY
Day 17 - June 22 1985
- Last full day of sightseeing in Rome.
- Overnight - sleep on train to Milan, Italy.

18. FLORENCE, ITALY
Day 18 - June 23 1985
- Arrived in Milan at 6:15 a.m. Had breakfast.
- Short visit to Sforza Castle, major areas closed.
- Other Milan sites closed due to terrorist threats.
- Left on train for Florence. Arrived late afternoon.
- Spent remainder of day sightseeing in Florence.
- Overnight - Tony's Inn - Florence, Italy.

19. FLORENCE, ITALY
Day 19 - June 24 1985
- Full day of sightseeing in Florence.
- Festival of St John. Parade, festivities.
- Watched amazing fireworks.
- Overnight - Tony's Inn in Florence, Italy.

20. FLORENCE, ITALY
Day 20 - June 25 1985
- Full day of sightseeing in Florence.
- Overnight - Tony's Inn - Florence, Italy.

21. FLORENCE, ITALY
Day 21 - June 26 1985
- Final day of sightseeing in Florence.
- 1st night train to Naples cancelled.
- 2nd train way too crowded. Finally left on 3rd train.
- Overnight - slept on train to Naples, Italy.

22. SORRENTO, ITALY
Day 22 - June 27 1985
- Arrived in Naples, Italy.
- Took second train to Sorrento.
- Enjoyed sightseeing in city and small beach.
- Overnight - youth hostel - Sorrento, Italy.

23. SORRENTO, CAPRI, POMPEII ITALY
Day 23 - June 28 1985
- Visited the island of Capri.
- Boat tour and swam in Blue Grotto at Capri.
- Spend remainder of day at Pompeii.
- Dinner in Naples.
- Overnight - slept on train to Turin, Italy.

24. LYON, FRANCE
Day 24 - June 29 1985
- Arrive in Turin, Italy for breakfast
      (Shroud of Turin away on USA Tour)
- Train to Lyon, France.



DIVIDED INTO SUBGROUPS



SUBGROUP - PARIS & AUSTRIAN ALPS

LYON, FRANCE
Day 24 - June 29 1985

- Overnight - Youth Hostel - Lyon, France.
        + Auberge de jeunesse Hi
PARIS, FRANCE
Day 25 - June 30 1985

- Take TGV to Paris. Arrived 9:04 a.m.
- Full day of sightseeing in Paris.
- Attend Bruce Springstein's:
        + "Born in the USA" concert.
- Overnight - Youth Hostel - Paris, France:
        + BVJ Centre International/Louvre
PARIS, FRANCE
Day 26 - July 1 1985

- Final full day of sightseeing in Paris.
- Amazing dinner in Latin Quarter of Paris.
        + La Chandelle restaurant
- Night train to Innsbruck, Austria.
- Briefly passed through Liechtenstein.
- Overnight - slept on train to Innsbruck.

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
Day 27 - July 2 1985

- Arrive in Innsbruck, Austria.
- Sightseeing in Innsbruck.
- Visited Olympic sites and ski jump.
- Overnight - Gasthoff Innbrucke - Innsbruck.
INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
Day 28 - July 3 1985

- Day hike Mt Seegrube & Mt Hafelkar
- Overnight - slept on train to Cologne, Germany.
COLOGNE, W GERMANY
Day 29 - July 4 1985

- Arrive in Cologne, Germany.
- Tour Dom Cathedral.
- Train to Munich, Germany.
- Overnight - slept on train to Venice.


SUBGROUP - STOCKHOLM SWEDEN

EURAIL TRAVEL
Day 24 - June 29 1985

- Take TGV train to Paris
- Overnight - slept on train to Amsterdam
EURAIL TRAVEL
Day 25 - June 30 1985

- Travel through Amsterdam.
- Travel through Copenhagen, Denmark
- Overnight - slept on train to Stockholm.
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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Day 26 - July 1 1985

- Arrive morning in Stockholm, Sweden.
- Full day of sightseeing in Stockholm.
- Overnigth - youth hostel - Stockholm.
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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Day 27 - July 2 1985

- Sightseeing in Stockholm, Sweden.
- Overnight - youth hostel - Stockholm.
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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Day 28 - July 3 1985

- Sightseeing in Stockholm, Sweden.
- Overnight - slept train to Hamburg, Germany.
EURAIL TRAVEL
Day 29 - July 4 1985

- Train to Munich, Germany.
- Overnight - slept on train to Venice.
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SUBGROUPS RE-UNITED


30. VENICE, ITALY
Day 30 - July 5 1985
- Arrive in Venice, Italy in morning.
- Full day of sightseeing in Venice.
- Overnight - Locanda Semenzato - Venice, Italy.

31. VENICE, ITALY
Day 31 - July 6 1985
- Full day of sightseeing in Venice, Italy.
- Overnight - slept on train to Vienna, Austria.

32. VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Day 32 - July 7 1985
- Arrives in Vienna in morning.
- Full day of sightseeing in Vienna.
- Overnight - Turmherberge Don Bosco - Vienna, Austria.

33. VIENNA, AUSTRIA
Day 33 - July 8 1985
- Spends full day sightseeing in Vienna.
- Overnight - Turmherberge Don Bosco - Vienna, Austria.

34. SALZBURG, AUSTRIA
Day 34 - July 9 1985
- Takes morning train ride to Salzburg.
- Afternoon and evening of sightseeing in Salzburg.
- Overnight - Judendherberge Glockengasse - Salzburg, Austria.

35. SALZBURG, AUSTRIA
Day 35 - July 10 1985
- Full day of sightseeing in Salzburg, Austria.
- Side trip - Salt mine tour in Hallein, Austria.
- Overnight - Judendherberge Glockengasse - Salzburg, Austria.

36. MUNICH, W GERMANY
Day 36 - July 11 1985
- Day train to Munich, W Germany.
- Partial day of sightseeing in Munich.
- Overnight - Judendherberge - Munich, West Germany

37. LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG
Day 37 - July 12 1985
- Leave Muncih on train to Luxembourg City.
- End of 30-Day Eurail Pass.
- Sightseeing in Luxembourg.
- Overnight - Auberge de Jeunesse - Luxembourg City.

38. LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG
Day 38 - July 13 1985
- Full day in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.
- Last full day in europe.
- Overnight - Auberge de Jeunesse - Luxembourg City.

37. RETURN FLIGHT
Day 39 - July 14 1985
- Leave Luxembourg City on return flight to the USA.
- Short stop in Reykjavik, Iceland.
- Arrive in Chicago, Illinois USA.
        + Short drive to DeKalb, Illinois - Home Sweet Home.



BUDGET - 39 DAY ITINERARY
COST PER PERSON

$   602.00 - Airfare - Icelandair - Chicago-Reykjavik-Luxembourg
$   290.00 - Train - 30 Day Eurail Pass
$     68.00 - Vehicle Rental/Fuel - Ford Mini-bus
$     46.00 - Metro Travel
$   171.00 - Overnights
$   332.00 - Meals
$     76.00 - Activities/Tours
$     10.00 - Planning/Postage-Phone
$       5.00 - Misc
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$1,600.00 Per Person



39 OVERNIGHT LOCATIONS


01 - ONBOARD AIRCRAFT - Icelandair
02 - Reims, France - Hotel des Arcades, 31 Rue de L'Etape
03 - La Defense, France (Paris) - hostel 2 blocks from RER station - Nanterre/La Defense
04 - La Defense, France (Paris) - hostel 2 blocks from RER station - Nanterre/La Defense
05 - St Malo, France - - Patrick Varangot Center, 37 Avenue du Révérend Père Umbricht
06 - ON THE ROAD - Ford Mini-Bus
07 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Vondelpark hostel, 5 Zanpad
08 - EURAIL - OVERNIGHT TRAIN RIDE to Zurich
09 - Zurich, Switzerland - Jugendhergerge, 114 Mutschellenstasse
10 - EURAIL - OVERNIGHT TRAIN RIDE to Nice
11 - Nice, France - Relais de la Jeunesse, Avenue Scuderi
12 - Nice, France - Relais de la Jeunesse, Avenue Scuderi
13 - EURAIL - OVERNIGHT TRAIN RIDE to Rome
14 - Rome, Italy - Pensione Gabriel, Via Principe Amedeo, 76
15 - Rome, Italy - Pensione Gabriel, Via Principe Amedeo, 76
16 - Rome, Italy - Pensione Gabriel, Via Principe Amedeo, 76
17 - EURAIL - OVERNIGHT TRAIN RIDE to Milan, then Florence
18 - Florence, Italy - Locanda Tony's Inn, 77 Via Faenza
19 - Florence, Italy - Locanda Tony's Inn, 77 Via Faenza
20 - Florence, Italy - Locanda Tony's Inn, 77 Via Faenza
21 - EURAIL - OVERNIGHT TRAIN RIDE to Naples, then Sorrento
22 - Sorrento, Italy - Hotel Lorely et Londres, Via Valifano 2
23 - EURAIL - OVERNIGHT TRAIN RIDE to Lyon
24 - Lyon France - Auberge de jeunesse HI, 41-45 Montée du Chemin Neuf
25 - Paris, France - BVJ Centre International/Louvre, 20 Rue Jean-Jeaques Rousseau
26 - Paris, France - BVJ Centre International/Louvre, 20 Rue Jean-Jeaques Rousseau
27 - Innsbruck, Austria - Gasthoff Innbrucke, 1 Innstrasse
28 - EURAIL - OVERNIGHT TRAIN RIDE to Cologne
29 - EURAIL - OVERNIGHT TRAIN RIDE to Venice
30 - Venice, Italy - Locanda Semenzato, SS Apostoli 4366
31 - EURAIL - OVERNIGHT TRAIN RIDE to Vienna
32 - Vienna, Austria - Turmherberge Don Bosco, 12 Lechnerstrasse
33 - Vienna, Austria - Turmherberge Don Bosco, 12 Lechnerstrasse
34 - Salzburg, Austria - Judendherberge Glockengasse, 8 Glockengasse
35 - Salzburg, Austria - Judendherberge Glockengasse, 8 Glockengasse
36 - Munich, West Germany - Jugendherberge, 20 Wendl-Dietrichstrausse
37 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - Auberge de Jeunesse, 2 Rue du Fort Olisy
38 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - Auberge de Jeunesse, 2 Rue du Fort Olisy
39 - DeKalb, Illinois




CANCELLED GREEK TOUR

June 22 - Day 17 - Rome-Brindisi, Italy
June 23 - Day 18 - Brindisi-Athens, Greece
June 24 - Day 19 - Athens, Greece
June 25 - Day 20 - Athens-Santorini, Greece
June 26 - Day 21 - Santorini, Greece
June 27 - Day 22 - Santorini, Greece
June 28 - Day 23 - Santorini-Athens, Greece
June 29 - Day 24 - Athens-Brindisi, Italy



SOME SPECIAL CHALLENGES
WE ENCOUNTERED

KEEP IN MIND
        - This was in 1985.
        - There was no email, internet, ATMs, or cell phones.
        - No digital cameras.
        - This was before the EURO. Multiple currencies fluctuated daily against the U.S. Dollar.
        - Germany was still divided. The Cold War was still in progress.
        - On June 14, TWA flight 847 was hijacked by terrorists from the Athens Airport.
        - President Reagan called for boycotting travel to Greece (during the trip).
        - We cancelled the Greek portion of our trip.
        - We were forced to revise our trip itinerary. More details below.

FLIGHT DELAYED TO EUROPE
    - CHANGED FIRST CITY

        - The flight left several hours late from Chicago.
        - We changed planes in Rekjavik, Iceland.
        - We arrived several hours late in Luxembough affecting our driving time that day.
        - Due to late arrival, driving to Paris was unrealistic.
        - Our Paris hostel reservation would not be held.
        - We used Plan B to change our first night to Reims, France, which was within a reasonable driving range.
        - Plan B investigated three possible overnight choices for Reims.
        - The first two choices were full but a nice family hotel was available. Sigh of relief.

PARIS HOSTEL CANCELLATION
        - We lost our hostel reservation in Paris by not arriving the previous night.
        - We drove to the Paris hostel hoping a new reservation could be made. They were full. Nothing available.
        - The hostel was sympathetic and helped us find a place to stay in suburban Nantere.
        - The youth hostel in Nantere was a very nice modern hostel. We stayed two nights.
        - Travel to Paris involved the RER system which connected to the Paris Metro system. Confusing at first.
        - Our commuter time to Paris wasn't too bad.

OVERNIGHT IN VAN - NOT BRUSSELS
        - The itinerary origially included June 11, Day 6, as an overnight at a youth hostel in Brussels, Belgium.
        - Traveling the freeway system was fast and easy but boring.
        - Traveling local roads along the coast provided scenic beauty through small villages.
        - Driving time took longer than expected.
        - The day's highlight was visiting the gothic city island of Mont St Michel. It was longer than expected.
        - We stopped at a War Museum in Bayeaux, the first city to be liberated in WWII.
        - We arrived in Rouen for a late dinner.
        - Rouen's cathedral had just closed, we missed it.
        - It was very late before we arrived in Brussels. We didn't stay overnight.
        - We had a driving tour of Brussels, Belgium and refueled the mini-bus.
        - We drove straight to Amsterdam returning the rental vehicle early and saving money.
        - It provided more time to tour the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands that day.
        - Thus we overnighted in the van rather than in Brussels, Belgium.

STARTING EURAIL

TERRORIST INCIDENT IN GREECE
We were originally visiting Greece as a highlight part of the trip. TWA flight 847 was operated with a Boeing 727-200, registration N64339. The flight originated in Cairo on the morning of June 14 with an uneventful flight from Cairo to Athens. After Flight 847 departed Athens for Rome it was commandeered shortly after takeoff by two terrorists who had smuggled a pistol and two grenades through Athens airport security. With 139 passengers and 8 crew members onboard, after careful negotiations, the hostages were released unharmed on June 30. During that time President Reagan called upon Americans to boycott travel to Greece angered by lack of security at Athens airport. We became aware of the hijacking on June 21 through discussion with other American tourists. On June 22 we consulted with Canadian and American embassies in Rome. Based on advisory we received we cancelled our trip to Greece. That created an 8-day hole in our itinerary. We continued our itinerary as if just returning from Greece. We created an adjusted itinerary we could later add into the trip. Parents were thankful we didn't go to Greece with the terrorist situation ongoing. The 1986 film "The Delta Force" is based on the TWA 847 hijacking. We never expected anything like terrorism to affect our trip plans.

MILAN UNDER TERRORIST THREAT
There was a terrorist threat to locations in Milan while we were there. No major tourist attractions in the city were open due to the threats ignited by anger toward the European Council. The Schengen Agreement on June 14 for the elimination of border controls was signed by Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in Schengen (Luxembourg). The European Council was held in Milan on June 28-29 1985, to vote on the White Paper for the establishment of a single market in the European Economic Community, which later came into force on January 1, 1986. This document is also known as Cockfield’s White Paper. It was a turning point for the European Economic Community. Terrorists were against these ideas. Our trip to Milan on June 23 came during threats to destroy major sites in the city of Milan preceding the European Council's meeting. Major tourist sites being temporarily closed was affected by these factors. We visited the Sforza Castle, whi9ch was surrounded by armed military. We were greeted with bomb sniffing dogs and metal detectors. Just a small portion of a museum was open housing furniture history. We didn't stay long. We saw no other major sites and left Milan very disappointed.

TRAIN CANCELLED ON TRIP TO NAPLES JUNE 26/27
Our intended train to Naples was cancelled. We waited for the 2nd train as did so many other people. The 2nd train was very overcrowded, so we got off. All but one of us got off. The person still on had an itinerary. We waited for the 3rd train which arrived about 2:00 a.m. The 3rd train was super crowded as well but we boarded anyway. Once in Naples, we change to a second train to Sorrento. We had to get to Sorrento asap to reconnect with our missing person. We mostly sat in the aisles until seats eventually opened up after train stops. Making our way to Naples in southern Italy became a very long and tiring overnight challenge. Changed trains to Sorrento. We reunited with him at the Youth Hostel in Sorrento later that morning. All was well.

CARS DISCONNECTED ON TRAIN
On the way to Venice we were sitting in two different passenger cars. As trains move they break up cars to different destinations. One car was heading to Venice, while the other car was disconnecting at 6:00 a.m. and heading south to Bologna. The Venice car was crowded while the Bologna car was nearly empty. That's why some were sitting in the Bologna car. Those sitting in the Bologna car, we'll call 2nd group, had to move before the disconnection at 6:00 a.m. We went to wake them at 6:05 a.m. and saw nothing but clear track where their car had once been. The 2nd group eventually awoke, departed the train in Bologna, and boarded a train north to Venice. The first group checked in at the Venice hotel, visited the bank, and waited for the 2nd group at the train station. Both groups, once reunited in Venice, celebrated by eating a meal at a fancy restaurant, one of the most expensive of the trip. That led to the next issue listed below.

ALLERGY IN VENICE
Cliff had no idea he was allergic to lobster. His body alerted him to that fact shortly after the reunion meal at a high class restaurant in Venice. He spent the remainder of the day at the hotel in a bathroom. It wasn't pleasant. The next day he was still in recovery mode as well as in "Zombie Mode" for one or two days in Vienna. The seafood lasagna ordered at the expensive Venice restaurant was obviously loaded with plenty of lobster. The lasagna tasted great but the health effect was ill advised.






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