We're planning a trip for Europe next June. I have a friend in Switzerland who will show us around there and give us a good local flavor. So then it's a matter of how many different countries/cities should we try to see in the 11 days we have left? We will have our 12 year old daughter with us who has shown on previous vacations the ability to handle an aggressive walking/traveling regimen. She has shown quite a gift for writing so, on the advice of several teachers, we are trying to expose her a wide breadth of experiences and cultures. With this in mind, we want to meet lots of people, eat local foods, and participate in local customs whenever possible; and, of course, see some iconic sites.
Some cities that interest us and seem to be in range are Venice, Milan, Nice, Paris, Caen, Frankfurt, and Innsbruck. Since we don't know when (or if) we'll get back to Europe, we probably don't want to spend more than a couple days at any one place (breadth over depth). An alternative may be to spend a long time (maybe 4 or 5 days) in one place for some depth and then bounce around the rest of the time for a little taste of the rest.
At this point, we're at the level of "Where do we go"...not worried about logistical questions yet until we've had a chance to digest Rick's site.
Thank you for any and all input!!