Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Europe Day

an occasional post about finding the way to Europe

The maps are printed, the reservations are made, and I've researched Rick Steves' back door more than I'd care to admit. We have tickets and passports and we've gotten the special immunization shots that will prevent us from inexplicably become French. All we have left to do is pack our bags, dispose of the cats in a suitably plush living area, and head for the airport on Monday!

If you want to play at home, you can use Google Earth to stalk us along this itinerary:

  • 4/1 - 4/3: London
  • 4/4 - 4/6: Paris
  • 4/7: Versailles
  • 4/8: Carcasonne
  • 4/9: Collioure
  • 4/10: Back in Virginia for Mom's Birthday
  • 4/11 - 4/14: Barcelona (a very special edition of 12 of 12)
  • 4/15: London
  • Pulling this trip together actually wasn't too difficult, especially since Rebecca did most of the research while I sat on a divan eating various seeded fruits. Once we actually flipped from "we should go to Europe someday" mode to "okay, let's go to Europe" mode, the abundance of information in library guide books and the Internet made it reasonably easy to set things up.

    Even though it makes me feel like a Dave Matthews fan in 1997, I'd have to recommend the ubiquitious Rick Steves guides for the granularity and usefulness of their information. We also looked at some Fodor's and Lonely Planet guides, but found ourselves continuing to return to Rick Steves for the final word on things.

    I will try to post the occasional pictureless update while in Europe, and I might even post them in Morse Code if I am sufficiently moved by some European World War monument. The last regular update will be this week's Friday Fragments column, and then you're on your own for two and a half weeks!

    In the meantime, if you have any last minute suggestions or recommendations for travel, please share them in the Comments section!

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