At this point in my life, for better or worse, my travels are limited to vacations throughout the year. Much to my chagrin, my “job” dictates the time I have for travel. We all saw in my post title Bucket List – European Style, I have quite a few items on my list of European dreams so this year I will cross at least one off the list.
In looking at our calendars for the year, we only have 10 – 14 days for our “vacation”. In talking, the hubby and I really want something a bit on the active side and have boiled it down to two options: either bike riding in the Loire Valley with some time at either end spent in Paris OR hiking in the Black Forest combined with driving, hiking and/or biking in the Alsace Wine region.
Oooh even as I am reading my choices I get excited and unable to pick one!
Neither of us has been to the Loire Valley and would really enjoy spending time riding along the river, stopping for wine, enjoying a picnic lunch in some idyllic spot, seeing castles, learning about the history, visiting the small French villages. . . Plus it has been a couple years since I’ve been to Paris and there are some sights I have not visited and more I’d like to revisit.
Germany is one of my favorite places and one that pulls at my heart and always calls to me, so why should this year be any different? Wanderin ohne Gepack (Hiking without Luggage) has been something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. Add in cuckoo clocks, tradition, farm houses, lakes, forests, beautiful villages, history, great food, wine, beer and schnapps; well you’ve created something that is just plain hard to resist! After all that, we would cross into France and spend a few days wandering through more small, beautiful villages sampling Alsatian wine and maybe even spend a day or so riding bikes or walking through the vineyards!
So my dilemma is deciding which option to enjoy this year?
I’ve got more work to do and will share what I discover about each region that leads us to make this decision. Until then, tell us. . .