Well, just booked flights on Air France from San Francisco to Paris Chales DeGalle, leaving Monday July 3. We’ll make a three week trip of it, returning the 24th. Can you imagine what kind of time and effort it takes to plan a three week touring vacation, particularly if the wife is allowed any input?
So can I, which is why the extent of our firm reservations is airline tickets and a reservation at the Hertz counter (670 bucks for three weeks–not bad at all).
The soft, sort of we’ll see how it goes-plans include staying a few days in Paris, heading down south through Orleans and on to Toulouse. Then maybe down as far as Valencia, Spain where we’ll intercept the Med. Then We’ll just run the course through Barcelona and all the way up to Marseilles where we enter my old stomping grounds, including Cassis, Bandol, my former residence of Toulon, and of course St. Tropez, "St. Raf," Cannes and Nice. Then it’s on to Monte Carlo and over into Italy and on down to Rome–and maybe Napoli if it’s looking like we’ll have time.
Then it’ll be northwest marking our way back to Paris, which might include stops in Venice, which I love, Milan, Geneva, Dijon…who knows?
The point is, we don’t have to be any particular place at any particular time, nor do we have to leave any particular place at any particular time. I’ve traveled places all over the world with nothing but an airplane ticket and a carry-on bag. I’ve flow into Bangkok at 1 a.m. after an 18 hour flight from San Francisco via Hong Kong, and had to find a place to sleep. This trip is unlikely to ever be that intense (we’ve always got the car), but it’s the way to really travel, for me. So here’s the rough triangular outline of the trip.
It should be fun to photo-blog it too. I just got one of those Sony TX-series notebooks with the built-in GSM data capability (in addition to WiFi). If I can get a cell connection, I can get 200 kbps, which is pretty dam good.