I'm so excited: I've just booked our hotel in Venice for September. It's the first step in planning our epic Italian trip. Flights are next. Then hotels in Florence and Rome. Then we need to organize train travel. Then museum tickets, tours, etc. I AM SOOOO EXCITED! I thought my first choice of hotel was fully booked, but I still managed to get a room! Woopeeh! So, where are you travelling to next? Show off here!
That sounds wonderful. I'm excited too. Although I will not be doing as much oranzung as you! I just let it happen when I get somewhere. :-) Booked a first time visit to Crete for September. I'm travelling solo and for two weeks! So much to see... Is it too early to start my countdown? :-))
Just got back a few weeks ago from 18 days in Europe (Paris, Rome, Florence, Riomaggiore, Stresa, Barcelona and London). No other big plans now. A few weekend trips from our home in Chicago to the nearby state of Michigan and that's it until$$$ are saved up again.
Hmmmm, I think this could become a bit of an ailment! I have been to two of the Canary islands so far this year, and even though Crete is in the distance, I am already plotting/planning if I could possibly squeeze another trip in somewhere?!! (Beans on toast AGAIN this week!)
Typo...organizing, of course. (Please, please could we have an edit button?)
There is a button on the bottom that none of us ever use called PREVIEW ANSWER. I will use it with this post and see what happens. I did and it works.
Jess, so you follow the paw steps of your VA? PJ
Jess, I am still on the road as I write this but already planning the next one although I want to keep it a little under wraps until I can see if it is feasible or not. Mim, Crete is absolutely gorgeous late in the season. The one time I went there was the very tail end of the season for charter flights home (early October if memory serves) and it was glorious. IP, th
Jess, I am still on the road as I write this but already planning the next one although I want to keep it a little under wraps until I can see if it is feasible or not. Mim, Crete is absolutely gorgeous late in the season. The one time I went there was the very tail end of the season for charter flights home (early October if memory serves) and it was glorious. IP, that sounds like an amazing trip, enjoy it. So what are the rest of you up to then?
Your trip sounds fun. I had to cancel two trips this year because I have run out of leave due to illnesses, my son and my self, and the death of a baby of my godchild. (April was really brutal.) I plan on going home to Wolf Point in July for a weekend. It will be my 30th class reunion. At the end of the year I will be going to Europe on pilgrimage. If possible the mother of the child will go with me, we are waiting to get her ticket until things get a little closer, I think it will be very good for her. Either way, I have my tickets.
Considering I went about 10 years w/o a paid day off before coming here, I have nothing to complain about for time off.
Timisoara this month and The U.K next month and Antwerp in August...not terribly exciting but there you go....
Not quite as ambitious as IP, but some of the same route: Flying Toronto to Vancouver, shuttlebus to Bellingham, Washington to pick up car, driving to Seattle - meeting up with friend from Australia - return to Bellingham to get rid of car and take Alaska Ferry to Haines, Alaska. Rental car on the Golden Circle tour to Haines Junction and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory to Skagway - ferry back to Haines to drop off car, and then continue on the Alaska Ferry to Prince Rupert. Train to Jasper (overnighting in Prince George) where picking up car and spending 2 nights. Driving to Edmonton, where to hopefully meeting with Darby2 (Dave), then off to Drumheller and the BadLands to see Dinasaur remains. Back westward to Banff for a couple of days, and then driving the Roger's Pass to Vernon and the Okanagan area, and then south back into Washington state to drop my friend off at Seattle airport 3 weeks after we started, and I'll return up to BC and see some family in the Vancouver area before returning the car at the airport, and flying home. Doing this from the middle of September into first week of October. Looking forward to the trip! Been planning it with my friend for the past year.
OK, my Railway Friend has outdone us as usual, but here goes the itinerary that kicks off in less than nine days ... Hamburg for a few days to celebrate the life of my husband's much loved uncle (who was like a father-in-law to me) - we believe in visiting and celebrating the living rather than attending funerals. Train to Bonn to catch up with more aged rellies and also have a mini VT meet with what is arguably the most prodigious nest of writing talent on VT: nemorino, ettiewyn, brendareed and hopefully trekki. Eurostar to London (can you believe that it's the cheapest option?) for my parents' Golden Wedding anniversary and a little off the beaten track epxloration of what used to be my home town. Then six days R&R just outside St Malo in Bretagne (Brittany) where I am hugely looking forward to finally meeting pfsmalo, indulging in disgraceful amounts of artery-hardening dairy produce, drinking copious amounts of sparkling cider and revelling in the legacy of the Celt's former expansionist tendencies. Collapse exhausted back in Johannesburg, having stopped only to to offload the first load of laundry into the washing machine ...
@fugu - when I come to look back on my children's childhood and the movies that we watched/endured with them, I strongly suspect that Cars will be the pick of the bunch! Enjoy it, because if I have to watch any kids'movie 150 times, that would be it!
Green Cove Springs, Florida; but that may not be overly impressive. I will get to spend time with my 2 year old and 2 month old greatnieces, though, so I am very much looking forward to it :-)
How many of those movies can you still do by heart?
Oh yes, we did Timmy the Sheep and his uncle(?) Sean the Sheep to death too ... also remarkably tolerable! Sounds like I should be passing on Wolfie's DVDs to Ilmi?
Thanks Fergy. I am really looking forward to it and intend to do a quick trip to Santorini, whatever the cost! (Bucket list)
I have had Norway at the top of my list for at least a decade and I've finally got it booked for July! And I'm squeezing a few days in London before we leave for Norway, I was SO worried I wasn't going to see London this year :-)
Mim, Santorini (Thira) is gorgeous as well and again hopefully you will miss the worst of the crowds, it can get pretty manic in high season.
Hello everyone! Hi Pieter... yes, I never seem to be able to make it to EuroMeet, but I shall follow in my VA footsteps :-) I partially admire those travellers who can just arrive in a city and then look for accommodation.. I am not one of them; neither is my husband. When I arrive, tired and in need of a shower, the last thing I want to do is wander around a strange city, negotiating prices and trying to find a room. I don't need 5-star luxury, but I do need my own en suite and I just want to know where I'll be sleeping. And I love planning, haha!
hi Jess Hey you were good and well behaved in Bergamo Italy and P J took you everywhere About the next trip for us ,well actually we are cancelling our next trip to Seattle we just need a break from going away again and stay put for a while after travels to the Philippines and to Southern Spain this year . But not too long I think . As of right now we have no plans Eastern Canada sounds like a possibility but we don,t know yet Hansi
We have a couple of weekends planned, Trieste in June and than Lake Garda in July before our vacation in Crete Island in August. Later we will head to Napoli in November for another long weekend.
Fergy, I'll let you know what I thought when I return. I might even do a travel page!
The Trans-Siberian Railroad (the route starting in Beijing and ending in Moscow.) I was supposed to do it last year, but had to cancel at the last minute due to illness. Cross your fingers for me that I actually get to go this year! And after that, the VT meet in Seattle.
Good luck with that Jessie, the Trans-Sib has been on my wish list for a long time.
The route I am taking goes through Mongolia after we get out of China.
In the spirit of the question originally asked Jessie, yes you are making me extremely envious, I would love to see Mongolia. If I may ask and slightly hijack the thread, did you organise it yourself or use and agency and if so, which one? To avoid a total thread hijack, you can send me a VTmail instead of answering here, if you would be so kind. I am genuinely interested in this route although going the other way.
Oh, a VT meet :-) Somehow I never manage to be in the same part of the world at the correct time for a VT meet... perhaps one day I'll manage. Hotel in Venice is booked. Flights to Italy are booked. Hotel in Florence is booked. Now I'm just looking for a hotel in Rome and I'm set :-) I'll be celebrating my birthday in Rome this year, how exciting! :-)
congratulation Jess! and who knows, maybe you will have a VT meet in Venice after all :-)