We have been back from our European holiday for over a month now and I’d like to explore how it all worked out. Could be a great help for future escapes.
First of all, it was a wonderful holiday overall. The planning really worked. (Yeah me… not to gloat or anything!) The big unknown was the weather and it proved to be very very challenging. If you remove that problem, then it was great.
One of the Bobs in our garden
Having the cruise first allowed us to get over the jet-lag easier. It was also a good idea to arrive the day before the cruise’s departure. It gave us some freedom to explore on our own. The hotel was very accommodating in keeping our luggage before check in and after check out. I would actually reuse that hotel: much cheaper than downtown, bus stop across the street, great restaurant, friendly helpful staff. It’s good to know since I usually transit via Amsterdam!
Of course the cruise itself was a winner. So relaxing to see the world and not have to drag, pack and unpack suitcases. Every so often our floating home moved ahead of us but mostly it was near by which would have made it easy to return had I been overwhelmed…. well, too overwhelmed… cause I was a teensy weensy overwhelmed a couple of times, mostly due to the unexpected heat.
When you visit family you are at their mercy and everyone wants a piece of you. It’s lovely to be so loved. It’s hard to make them understand that, no, you can’t go out everyday, and no, you don’t mind staying alone… would actually prefer it. My German is not up to par and hubby is not good at the subtleties. And no one gets it that yes, I look darn good, and no, I don’t feel that great.
It was nice to have our own headquarters in France though they were rather skimpy. My French is very good but I still could not convey that, yes thank you for taking us out, this is wonderful and it was costly to get in, but no, I don’t want to see everything, I want to go baaaaack…. Noooooowwww. Having my 65th birthday with friends and family was the icing on the cake.
For the Ujamaa October Bags, Babies & Beyond sale. Guess which ones are mine!
Ah well, it’s only once a year at most. This year was more than three weeks long which is a lot. What surprised me is that hubby had a tougher time than me being around people all the time. He enjoyed our quiet us-time, retreating from the world. He’s never liked the unknown which I enjoy though it sometimes stresses me. Nothing to perk me up like a discovery. I do love the road less travelled, to get lost on purpose, to come upon a new corner of the world, a new food, a new scent. It was good for the two of us to know what to expect each day: it helped to set a pace.
So yes I can do that again. But I would make it shorter.