I haven't written a trip report in some time and thought it would be fun to share some of this summer's travels. I am a college professor traveling abroad with a small group of students and my recently retired mother. I did this trip last year with students (albeit a larger group) and it is a different type of travel. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to share.
The trip this summer includes 2 full weeks in Paris and 1.5 weeks in Amsterdam. Following the end of the study abroad program, my mother and I are traveling to fulfill her lifelong dream of visiting her parents' homeland: Germany. We will be renting a car in Cologne and driving around for 2.5 weeks. We will end in Berlin where I have a work conference.
So this 6 week summer trip is a combination of business and pleasure. I try to squeeze in as much pleasure as possible.
Our summer study abroad program studies child development. It's sort of a different topic to try and study abroad...well, I mean it's different than the ones that are easy to understand, like art history. However, we adapt and find topics that are related to the sites in each city. For example, child development and the Louvre? Doesn't really seem like a good match, right? However, we spend time discussing how children were represented in art throughout history and then visit museums to find those representations.
This year there are 10 students....much more manageable than last year where we had 24 college students! Amazingly, we didn't lose anyone last year and no one got arrested (apparently a common occurrence during summer programs).
Who am I? Just a professor who loves to travel. I have the stereotypical, American "I need to see everything possible and check it off my list" mentality. However, the more I travel abroad the more I find myself slowing down. I like to see the "must sees" but don't have rigid travel schedules. I don't make restaurant reservations, I just wander around until I'm starving. I prefer street food to fancy restaurants. I don't drink alcohol (which seems like a crime in France).
I still try to see a lot....I struggle with trying to see a lot of cities/towns in a country vs. staying in one area and doing in depth exploration. My justification has always been that I want to see snippets of things and then decide if I want to go back. For example, we drove around Ireland for three weeks. We basically did a full loop of the island. Some thought we were crazy for staying in towns for only 2 nights at a time. For me it was perfect. Now I'll return to the areas I fell in love with.
So let's begin, shall we?
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- 1 Lisbon transportation
- 2 One day in Paris!
- 3 PAY ATTENTION AT TERMINI TRAIN STATION
- 4 driving loop in Normandy
- 5 Reserving Trains During the Off-Season
- 6 Espagne, Olé! Ancient to modern, through Andalucia, Toledo and Madrid
- 7 French Basque country
- 8 Swiss Travel Pass for US citizens
- 9 Eating Our Way Through Paris...Again! Trip Report
- 10 Lake Maggiore?
- 11 Last Supper Tickets Milan
- 12 Seeking help on my 12 days trip from Switzerland to Austria
- 13 Iceland - reservations for tours in advance?
- 14 Rental property in Berner Oberland?
- 15 Three girls in Naples
- 16 Four Awesome Weeks in the North of Spain and Catalunya
- 17 HELP! Mediolanum Forum Assago, Italy??
- 18 Welltravbrit's London Sojourn - An Ongoing Trip Report
- 19 Arcona living munchen or Pullman Munich
- 20 Luggage in rental car while touring Normandie and Loire Valley
- 21 Champagne Houses open in December - Reims
- 22 If Greece exits
- 23 Berlin Walking Tours - Any recommendations?
- 24 Expresso Wifi - Other Wifi Devices
- 25 Bluebells and Blackfaced Sheep on the Single Track Roads of Scotland
Europe with Students and Mom: 6 Weeks in France, Netherlands & Germany