More on what country that is, and on which ones we'll visit along the way, in my next post.
But first, I thought I'd let you know what potential trips were jostling for my attention: "Pick me, Pick me," they clamoured, and each itinerary had a convincing argument.
For example, I've been hankering for a trip to Great Britain, a hankering that goes beyond London's wonderful offerings to the chance of meeting Social Media friends in Scotland, Wales, and England. I'd want at least five days, preferably a week, in London, and if I'd made the trip this spring, I would have been able to see the David Hockney show at The Tate Britain. I'd also have worked hard to include a trip on the night train from Scotland (where I'd have run with Margaret) and I'd have had to swing over, at some point, to see relatives on the northeast coast of Yorkshire. Then another big swing to stay in Elizabeth's holiday cottage to enjoy her beautiful Welsh hills. And somehow manage a cross-country walk of several days' duration, with stops at comfortable inns along the way. At some point, I must visit St. Ives in Cornwall; ah, it's impossible, all the places I want to get to, but some version of this, heavily edited, is in my Future Plans for Travel notebook (I don't actually have such a notebook yet, but there's a very messy one archived hopefully in my noggin).
As well, for several years now, I've been reminding Paul that we want to do one more walking trip of at least a week's duration, something akin to the Grande Randonnée we did back in '91, 150+ kilometres walking a hilly circuit in the Auvergne, carrying all our necessaries on our backs -- this time, perhaps we'd cheat and book some support for an inn-to-inn walk. . . And we'd like to spend more time in Spain, which we've only barely visited (a couple of days in San Sebastian once; a few in Barcelona; several passages through by train from Portugal to France).
And speaking of Portugal, I'd love to get back there. . . .
Taking the train from Paris to Berlin last year, spending a few days exploring that city with our granddaughter and her folks, we vowed that a future trip to Germany was a must, and we promised it would be a considerably longer trip.
Of course, with our daughter and her family in Rome, Italy's always going to be a draw now, and there are so many places there we have yet to visit. . .
And what about Croatia? Only a hop, skip, and jump from Italy, with a fascinating history, beautiful landscapes, and a stunning coastline, delicious foods and apparently very good wines, all at more affordable prices than the countries we've been visiting so far. And featuring a chance to meet Dottoressa, the reader and occasional guest blogger who's come to feel like a friend
What's it to be? Feel free to guess, but I promise to draw the curtain back on our choices next post. What I'd love to hear from you before that, though, is something about the Travel Wish Lists you construct your trips from, whether those trips ever materialise or remain satisfying armchair ventures via books or movies, TV travel series, or glossy travel magazines. And when it's actually time to book a flight or a hotel room, how do you match destination(s) to the realities of the time or money or physical fitness/energy available? Are there trips you've had on your Wish List for years and years, trips that get passed over regularly for more realistic options, or are you willing to travel less often to save up for the kind of magical adventure Sue and her husband just got back from? On the other hand, perhaps you have the ability to find adventure and interest in much more accessible travel, perhaps even within 100 kilometres of your home. I want to hear about that as well.
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