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If you had four months...

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Hello, and thanks in advance for your feedback.

Husband and I are closer to selling our farm and spending some time traveling. One of our daughters will probably be studying there for a while, and we thought it would be good to try and coincide the two events. My original plan was to retire to Europe, but we can't figure out how to get extended visas.

So if you had four months to spend in Europe between September and January, how would you do it? We realize there's a Schengen zone restriction, and have set up this rough itinerary to accommodate that, but I'd appreciate your feedback. It's worth mentioning that by the time of this trip, we will have already spent time in London, Strasbourg, Reykjavik area, Berlin and Bacharach (though nothing as extensive as what's shown here).

By the time we do this, we will be early to mid-retirement age and (hopefully still!) healthy. We love photography, writing, museums, parks, farmers' markets, easyish walks and a pretty simple lifestyle. I'm a "backpack and hostel" kind of girl, and I've brought husband over to the dark side. :-) We're NOT into churches, drinking, big-tickets shows/attractions, extravagant hotels or gourmet food.

Sept 5-Oct 12: help daughter move into her dorm, then explore Scotland, Shetland, Yorkshire

Oct. 13-28: Hesse/Rhineland Pfalz area, Munich (we rarely drink, so I don't think missing Oktoberfest will be a big deal)

Oct. 29-Nov. 15: one week in either Salzburg or Vienna, then a week in Lucerne

Nov. 16-25: Rome as a base, with side trips to Naples and Venice?

Nov. 26-Dec. 6: Barcelona (or split the time between Barcelona and Camargue? I would love to see Camargue horses in person)

Dec. 7-18: Paris, with side trips to Versailles, Mont St. Michel, Le Havre and Normandy

Dec. 19-Jan. 3: London, with a side trip to Bath/other day trip ideas are welcome (we're hoping to gather the fam together here between xmas and New Year's before we head back home)

Your input is appreciated. Thank you!

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