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Nov 29th, 2003, 09:41 AM
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Marilyn - I have actually tried that but then we just end up walking around in circles.
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Nov 29th, 2003, 05:27 PM
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I like to travel like Larry - ALONE! I have taken many trips to Europe in the last several years that way, and have a great time. The last two trips I rented cars for 2 weeks driving in France. I am in my 60's and was a little nervous about doing that alone - but no more!
I have several female relatives who would love to come with me (who don't live in the same town) - and I just don't tell anyone in advance that I'm going - except my daughters (who I swear to secrecy). I haven't been caught yet! I'm already planning the next trip!
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Nov 29th, 2003, 08:06 PM
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After reading this thread, I must count myself extremely lucky to have had a wonderful 3-week trip this summer with an old college friend of mine. We had seen each other rarely, as she lives in Europe and I in the States. We sent Christmas cards and letters once in a while over a 30+ year period. After several misses, we were finally able to get a trip together.

We emailed back and forth for about three months, decided on itinerary, type of lodging, how and where to rent a car, and all major details. We got along fine in coordinating our plans.

When it came time to travel, we got along fine too. We were together 24/7 for three weeks and we adapted to each other. We discovered things about each other that we had not known before and we also enjoyed talking about things that we had shared with each other over the years.

She has travelled a great deal by herself without her husband or children and so is very independent and self-sufficient. I too have travelled on my own a great deal and am independent and self-sufficient.

She was "organized, patient, engaging, positive, and full of energy". And she had a great sense of humor. Most of the time she led and I followed, since the trip was in Europe, which is more familiar to her than to me.

In trying to discover the secret of why we got along so well, I think it was because we were each willing to change for the other - without making a fuss over the change. She liked to eat a full breakfast, I liked a bowl of cereal and some juice. I would tease her over her "enormous appetite" and she would tease me about eating "nothing". And we were that way about almost every area where we were different. A sense of humor makes it a very light touch.

In Prague, we went into numerous crystal shops trying unsuccessfully to match some crystal she had bought on a previous trip. This meant that I missed a detailed tour of Prague Castle, but I promised myself that this just meant another opportunity to visit Prague in the future! On her part, she must have done some things to accommodate me as well and she did it so well I probably didn't notice the effort she made to accommodate me!

We are into planning our second trip together some time in the next few years. She wants to go to Mongolia, I want to go to Machu Picchu. Stay tuned!

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Nov 29th, 2003, 10:08 PM
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Larry J.

You and I would get along just fine. I am into cycling and hiking and throwing away the guidebook and walking into unknown territory and meeting all sorts of people I would turn my nose up at home. I speak some of most languages in Europe and bluff my way through the others.

My principal travelling companion is my female spinster cousin, also in her sixties, and always happy to rough it, and take the less used fork in the road. She is unfortunately "außer Betrieb" at the moment because of her 92 year-old mother needing constant care; but I will be out there again next year as usual. I hope we meet up somewhere.
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Nov 30th, 2003, 05:20 AM
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after reading all of the posts i can't wait for our christmas trip to paris and strasbourg. i have planned a trip for 10 of us (all relatives). we have traveled with one of the two families and had a blast. we haven't traveled with the other and we are kind of wondering. they like to shop and eat. i hope they want to experience some of the french life and keep out of food shops and stores.
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