I’ve been watching airfare, checking hotel prices, researching apartment possibilities. I’d like to purchase the airfare around March–it’ll be a birthday present to myself. So I absolutely have to have a start date/location and end date/location by that time!! My research for early June into … Continue reading It’s time to start the serious planning!
Christmas, 1970-something!! My grandma and grandpa!! I think I spent every Christmas except two years (when we lived in Connecticut) with them–they made it so special! Grandma would sign a gift with “From Santa,” but we always knew it was really from her!!
I live in a gorgeous place. But as often happens when you live somewhere, you don’t get out and explore nearly as often as you want to or should. I took this in March of 2008. My birthday weekend–not a milestone year at all but … Continue reading Big Sur Coast
I’ve been thinking about and researching Paris a lot lately. I took this from the top of the Pompidou Centre in June 2006. It was my first (of 2) visits to Paris, this one at the end of a 3-week tour around Western Europe. I … Continue reading Paris Skyline
In June of 2005, I took a tour through Italy and Greece. First stop: Rome! We stayed 3 nights, I think. This was not enough time!! I would love to stay in Rome for 2-3 weeks, doing the touristy things, but also having time to … Continue reading Rome Colosseum
So my original thoughts about this summer’s travel was to take Eurail all over Western Europe, planning much of the trip but also using the flexibility of a Europass. That is until I remembered that I’m 52 not 22!! In my planning, I happened upon a site called Slowtravel.com. They advocate staying at least a week in one place, in a vacation rental rather than a hotel, and really getting a feel for the people and the place. I like the sound of that.
So now my plan has evolved to 2-3 weeks in Paris, Rome, and maybe London or Ireland. That’s 2-3 weeks in each (I’m fortunate to have 10-11 weeks vacation every summer)! I may need to whittle this down somewhat. But I deliberately want to begin with the ULTIMATE plan!!
This Abbey was gorgeous on a rainy day in St. Andrew’s in Scotland. This is also from my first trip to Europe in 2004. After the tour of the abbey, we got to wander on our own for a couple hours. I got really turned around as I walked (hobbled–remember the plantar fasciitis) around the town–saw some neighborhoods I wouldn’t have otherwise, and even got mistaken for a local (someone actually asked ME for directions)!