11.07.2012 - 11.07.2012 15 °C
Dear reader, welcome back. Six years have passed since the conclusion of my previous blog covering our jaunt through Europe in 2006. Much has changed since then; M retired, myself retrenched in early 2011 like many others in the Finance industry both in my native Australia and internationally. While the Euro shudders, and the Pound sighs, the Aussie Dollar responds by jumping up to a level that encourages us to hit the road and revisit and extend our experience of the Continent.
In just under two weeks from now we will fly with Qantas out of Melbourne heading for our first stop, Berlin.
That will be our base for the first week, and we will be testing out the Slow Travel concept in contrast to the constant rushing around of our 2006 trip. The intention is to spend long enough in a locality to explore it at leisure, getting more into the intriguing little details of everyday life and less on the "headline" stuff, ticking off the checklist of major "tourist attractions". Having said that, can't wait to get back to see how the Sagrida Famila is shaping up!
In brief, the plan so far is to loop through from Berlin via Cologne, Amsterdam, Paris, Bordeaux, Bilbao, Barcelona , fly up to Edinburgh, drive down through England and Wales and spend a fair chunk of time exploring Cornwall - where some of my ancestral roots lie - and Dorset and Devon where many of Miriam's ancestors lived long ago.
To travel is to feel truly alive. Despite the exertion required, you carry away a bundle of experiences that are somehow more memorable than the years that leaked away while you exchanged your time for whatever someone else paid you to do.