So right now, with two quiet hours to myself, I'm not going to write a long post and tell you all the things I want to tell you. Eventually, I'll manage to respond to more of the comments on the last post, but meanwhile, I'm going to count on you to keep the conversation going. It is such a great conversation -- I hope you get a chance at least to read it, perhaps even to jump in with a comment or two.
But for today, I have promised to tell you where we're heading next month. Here goes:
There are very few European cities to which one can fly non-stop from Vancouver. We debated between London and Paris -- London was our choice at first as we haven't visited for a few years and there are some great exhibitions on, all the usual cultural attractions. But as our ultimate destination for this trip is on the continent, Paris made more sense. Yes, we could as easily have flown one of the budget airlines (RyanAir, EasyJet) from London as from Paris, but we prefer the train when at all possible, and adding those extra hours when it's already a fairly short holiday just didn't make sense. So we've shelved London for next visit. . . .
And now the plan is to land in Paris, stay a few days to adjust to the time difference and glory in the city's Spring, before taking the train to . . . . Venice! A friend of a friend rents out her small apartment there, and we've booked four nights. Probably not enough for a city with so much art and architecture, but it will give us a good taste, and then we'll be on our way across another border to. . . . Yes! We are going to meet Dotttoressa in Zagreb! We're very excited about this, so looking forward to meeting this lovely, gracious, clever, and wise, and generous reader and friend In Real Life. Because, of course, like so many of you, I do feel I know her quite well already, simply through her words here.
We're going to use Dottoressa's city as home base for a week of getting to know Croatia a little bit. Our Lonely Planet Travel Guide suggests this is far too short a time, but again, it will give us a good taste, and with family just a ferry ride away (near Rome), I know we'll have both reason and opportunity to return and to see more on future visits.
So there you go. Did you guess?
I suspect some of you have some great recommendations for what to do, what to see, where to eat, and drink, in Venice, perhaps in Zagreb/Croatia as well (although I think I'll have enough to do keeping up with Dottoressa ;-) All comments are very welcome, and I'll do my best to respond when I can. Sorry to be running off so quickly in the meantime, but I wrote "Sit Still and Breathe Quietly" on the top of my (mental) to-do list this morning, and I think I have to pay attention. . . . We'll chat soon, though, okay? Happy weekend!