Monday, July 31, 2006

Mixed Thoughts About Europe

I spend too much of my spare time thinking about vacation destinations. In the last year, I've looked into some very ambitious trips to Tanzania, Mongolia, Chile, Japan and New Zealand. But so far they have been just thoughts in my mind or perhaps a few calls to travel agents. In between thinking of these exotic places, I often reconsider the idea of traveling to Europe. But I'm torn. For me, Europe is a place we'll be able to visit when we're 60 or 80 (assuming we live that long, touch wood), so why go there now? Mr. Octopus has never been to France or Italy. Wouldn't it be nice to go? Or should we go somewhere less developed, somewhere less traveled?

7 comments:

mhelbing said...

We just got back from Nova Scotia. Highly recommended. Check out the pics:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhelbing/sets/72157594219308819/

mhelbing said...

Errr...

Pics here

MK said...

It is impossible to go to France too often. My post-bar exam trip was one of the best travel experiences ever. Just rent a car and explore (try to avoid August, though). There simply is no other country where you can live so well and so cheaply just off picknicking from fresh food you bought that morning on the farmers market. There are also no farmers' markets that compare.

Italy is a mixed bag due to the completely inconsistent quality level of food and lodging.

What about Turkey? It should still be warm in September.

Justin said...

Go to Tuscanny. You won't be dissapointed.

hh said...

paris is always amazing and fun, everytime i've gone. i really want to explore provence next. france is esp nice in may. during the winter, it's nice too because the city is lit up so beautifully. plus there are always the yummy CHEESE shops to look forward to. as for italy, i've only been to venice and that was nice...though i don't know how long i'd want to stay just there.

so many travel options, i know, it's hard to decide...but vacation is usually fun whereever you go!

ivanomartin said...

"There simply is no other country where you can live so well and so cheaply just off picknicking from fresh food you bought that morning on the farmers market."

This is true....except for Spain.

dn

Crystal said...

I'm like you in that there are SO many places I want to travel to but I keep thinking it's best to leave the "tame" destinations for later. Like, I can vacation in Europe and The Caribbean when I've got little ones running around, but Mongolia would be a challenge when toting small children. Your ambitious trip list is interesting, South America is also high on my list of places to go.