So The Stallion and I have made a deal. We've come up with one absolute, must-do thing before we start a family.
Go to Europe.
Neither of us have ever been; both of us want terribly to go.
I think it makes sense. The likelihood of us traveling to Europe and seeing it as we want to see it post-kiddos is virtually non-existent. Unless we're the type of parents that could leave our young children for weeks while we take the trip of a lifetime, we'll be old and tired by the time we'd be able to go.
We'll never be old and tired, but you know what I mean.
We were going to knock 2 items off of the bucket list and have our trip coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but I was preoccupied with wedding planning and didn't get our ticket request in in time. When they opened up tickets to the masses, all that was left was boxing and weightlifting.
Or, you know, one of their 5-figure hospitality packages.
I'm sure we could manage to get some tickets to an event we'd actually enjoy attending, but I'm not sure I want to pay a premium, and I'm not sure that it would be worth battling the crowds. Would it?
So, that's where you come in. We need help planning our trip. I have a million questions.
- WHAT TIME OF YEAR should we go?
- Should we cram in as many destinations as we can, or focus our trip so we really get to know just a few places?
- WHERE should we go?
- What's the best way to get around? Should we rent a car and drive from Paris to Nice for part of it? Or through Tuscany?
- Paris to Nice would wind up being a pretty solid week: Paris>Lyon>Aix en Provence>Marseille>St. Tropez>Cannes>Nice. That's a whole trip in itself.
- Should we just wing it? Go where we feel and just book hotels with availability?
- Should we travel with friends?
Here's our list of destinations as it stands, prioritized:
I can smell the garlic and olive oil already.
The Stallion has family in Italy. I have a friend that just moved to Italy. Our great friends at Bella Napoli could get us some connections as well, I'm sure. We're set up pretty well to have a phenomenal time in this country.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love Italian food. And Italian men.
I spent high school and college studying this language and culture, and it's high time I experienced it. The Stallion is weary of France because he doesn't want to be treated like American garbage, so maybe we only spend a day or two in Paris, I'll do all the talking, and then meander our way toward Italy.
My mother instilled her infatuation with the white buildings and blue seas of Santorini in me. Plus, I think it will be a good relief from typical European buildings and scenery.
I've heard Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world,
my infatuation with Kate Middleton might just take us to London,
curiosity may land us in Amsterdam,
and what about Spain? I'm sure it's a lovely country, I've just never known much of their culture.
Ireland? I actually have family here...
I'd love your help planning our trip - any suggestions, wisdom, links would be much appreciated!