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Since this will be a long trip and my yet to be found travel partner may not be able to do or want to do the whole journey with me, I have broken it down into sections. These are also all initial plans which may be revised numerous times to meet changing desires of mine or my travel partner(s).
Whether I go to
Some of the repositioning cruises leaving in late March and April often continue on to
Travel by train from
Again there are areas outside of
Not sure how much time I want to spend in these countries.
Again short stops of one or two nights in these places, depending on time and sights to see. This will be followed by a trip back through either Paris or Begium.
I have nothing against
Cruise back to
Cunard Cruise Lines has regular trips from
So in total I would be traveling April, May, June and part of July. So all you experienced travelers out there, is this possible in the time frame I am looking at? Am I crazy to try and cover this much territory all at once. Are there places you would forget and places you would not miss? I am open to any and all suggestions.
We all have times in our life when we know that a new direction, a new focus, a new something is needed. During the last 6 months to a year I was wrestling with this exact thing. Trying to decide where I wanted to go the most and was it going to be a two week holiday or something more extensive. The thought of going to Europe had really only been in the far background. Then one day I realized I could take a cruise ship there and back.
You see flying is not my preferred way to travel. It wasn't always that way. I took my first flight when I was about 12. A small propeller plane from Fort McMurray to Edmonton. There was nothing much in Ft Murray then compared to the boom town oil central place it is now. Later I would make a number of trips across the Rockies in Viscounts (4 engine prop planes) that rolled and dipped as we all looked out at the mountain peaks. It was the only plane you could fly from Calgary to Victoria because at that time no jets could land on the short runway there. Wow how things have changed.
At one time I even had a job that required I fly to Regina quite often (too often for me) and even to Toronto on a few occasions. Since hoping on a plane was the norm for me then I visited family on the west coast, went to Vegas and even to Florida for a cruise. Sure there were some scary times and incidents that happened but I never considered not flying. Then after I was married and pregnant with my 2nd child I was too close to term to fly so I took a train from Calgary to Toronto to attend my sister's wedding. The train ride was incredible, we had so much fun meeting others, watching the scenery out the window and just sitting back and relaxing.
Over the next number of years I would end up having a 3rd child and a divorce and very little opportunity to fly or take a train any where. Then when the girls were teens I saved and planned for two years for a trip for us to Disneyland. With this great desire to again get on a train we travelled from Vancouver to LA with Amtrak. Having never been down the West Coast, the trip was awesome. The scenery, the people, the informative talks on the train and the fun times in the lounge car. I was definitely sold on train travel. Since I had also been on a cruise at one time and I totally loved that experience also, I was hooked on train and ship travel.
So when I was contemplating where I wanted to go, I started ruling out anywhere that would require flying and I was looking for somewhere to take a train or a ship. One day during a search on the internet I discovered there are lots of cruises to Europe, some quite inexpensive because they are repositioning cruises. Of course once I am in Europe I can ride the train all over. After more research as to costs, time needed to travel to all the countries on my list,etc. etc. I made the decision, Europe was definitely the place I wanted to go the most and it would be the first on my travel plans even if it meant waiting longer and saving more.