Sunday, October 7, 2012

A European Excursion?

The Friday before last, I hung out with my neighbors a bit before heading out for the night. I had watered their plants when they were out of town, visiting San Antonio, Texas, so they picked up a couple souvenirs as a little thank you. I received...

This mug has maracas on the inside!
They thought I might use this to have coffee or tea at work.

This leather bracelet is handmade.

I like them. ...and I am touched!

This husband and wife were telling me their best travel stories. Most of these trips within Europe result from having a home base in England for eight years. They have also journeyed to Australia since one of their daughters lived there, stopping in Singapore en route. As with most expats, they appreciate European values over American ones. They were trying to convince me to see the world and even move abroad while I am still young. They were preaching to the choir! I'm not sure there's anything I want more than to backpack through Europe in celebration of my 30th birthday, in about 18 months. I currently struggle with debt and am unsure if I could make this actually happen. Since I have a year and a half  before this particular deadline, I should research such a venture, create a plan fairly quickly and save money from every paycheck to make it happen.



It would be fun to research at the very least. I could travel from Paris to Prague! From Cork to Crete! And Italy, certo!


6 comments:

  1. dai! vieni in Italia! As you probably know, the hot spot cities are kind of expensive, but the offseason in a great time for a lot of reasons. The friends I had come stay with me in Firenze who came in February not only enjoyed Carnevale a Viareggio and other places, but got prime spots for photos of Ghiberti's golden doors and NO traffic climbing the Duomo. Pisa was almost a ghost town and the weather was decent (well, better than the northeast that time of year, lol). If not, stay south for most of the trip...always such great prices, even in summer. Plus, don't forget to check Groupon! :-)

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    1. I'll try! I would like to take advantage of lower prices and smaller crowds during the off or shoulder seasons. I love Firenze but have seen it multiple times. I may discover Southern Italy... Maybe Lecce for its Baroque architecture? I've also "held up" the Leaning Tower, so I may skip Pisa during my next visit. Verona and Venezia continue to call me no matter how many times I visit! I will check Groupon, grazie!

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    2. Prego! I'm in love with Verona...I recommend it. Small and beautiful, with prices much less than Firenze. Also "different types" of tourists. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed it...also, a spritz for 2,50 euros in pieno centro? SI! Napoli is beautiful for baroque, I haven't been to Lecce yet but was near in Gallipoli---gorgeous! Have you been to Orvieto? (not south, but really cute) Sorry, I just love giving my opinions on places! :-) I mentioned Groupon because daily there are these little weekend getaways in great spots....even resort places like Ischia. worth a shot after you book a flight.

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    3. I've never been to Napoli and want to eat pizza margherita there! I'm sure nearby Pompeii would be fascinating. I haven't been to Orvieto, but I have always read about it. I truly appreciate the suggestions!

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  2. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you figure out a way to do the trip! It would definitely be a great way to usher in a new decade of life!

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    1. Thank you! I'll happily post an announcement as soon as I figure out a plan! I fall more and more in love with the idea... I think I may have told you I was thinking about this first, after that chat with those neighbors that made me think this dream of mine might actually be possible and simply that I must do this!

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