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40th Birthday Trip with Hubby and 6 year old son?!?

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Hello! I am trying to settle on a destination for my 40th Birthday present to myself. Traveling with my husband and 6 year old son. Some parameters:
(1) I'd like a trip to include some sightseeing/ history, some relaxation, some adventure, getting into the local scene (not tours), going with the flow and ending up wherever along the route the day may take us. We are not opposed to car rental and driving through the countryside (as we have done from Bavaria to Bern to Colmar).
(2) We are not a "Disney" family and don't require the typical "family" or kid attractions. (Example: trip to Germany/ France - spent a morning at Senckenbeg Museum just for son; otherwise he was very entertained with other activities; lucky to have a good little trooper.)
(3) Have been to: Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Bahamas, Toronto, Frankfurt, Bavaria, Alsace.
(4) Our trip will likely be Fall/ early Winter 2010 (October, Thanksgiving or Christmas breaks from school, but we could do something in the Spring, depending on destination).
(5) Interested in: Spain, Malta, Mediterranean, Ireland/Scotland, maybe Sweden or Denmark. Also interested in some "wide open space" and a connection to the Earth / natural beauty and not just a large city. Concerned about weather everywhere! Not interested in Asia.
(6) Traveling from Atlanta, GA, USA - would have 9 days, and with a 6 year old and with time limitations, probably don't want to go beyond 15 hours travel time one way.

I hope these details give you some flavor for our tastes and outlook on travel. Your suggestions and thoughts are so welcomed! I am excited to hear your ideas for me!

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