Iceland and Benelux Trip report

Old Dec 18th, 2000, 10:46 AM
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An "adult" vacation is one that a couple takes on their own, seeing things that they wouldn't if they were busy being Mom and Dad. Spending time with other adults in bars or restaurants where children are not expected to be part of the scene. Having an opportunity to be treated as individuals instead of as Jenny's Mom and Dad. Sort of like going topless at a beach, or staying out until 3AM. Things you don't DO when you are on a family vacation.
Old Dec 18th, 2000, 11:06 AM
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Great report! <BR>My wife and I did a very similar trip last Spring, but only did the Iceland and Amsterdam portions. Like you we flew out of BWI and had very good experiences with Iceland Air. <BR>I would recommend getting a car in Iceland. We saw essentially the same places as the bus tour, but did it at our own pace. The roads are very well-marked and uncrowded. The only reasons to go to the shopping mall just up the hill from Hotel Esja are to buy tee-shirts at the Hard Rock Cafe to bring back as souvenirs for teenagers and to get picnic supplies at the very good super market. (Buy lots of delicious salmon and eat it 3 meals a day!) <BR> <BR>Amsterdam is fantastic! Very beautiful and photogenic (get a shot of the canals at night!), and wonderful people - friendly, funny, and very "real". We did the opposite of you in the sex and drugs department. We skipped the RLD (I had already seen it many years before), but partook of the very fine merchandise at a neighborhood "coffee shop" and relived those decadent experiences of our long-ago college days. For anyone who has fond memories of such activities, give it a try. I GUARANTEE that it will make the van Gogh Museum even more magical than it otherwise would be. In fact, just walking along the canals with a mild buzz is an extraordinary experience.
Old Dec 18th, 2000, 11:17 AM
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"Mom": Given that definition: Why are you thanking Mr. Mathews for taking an "adult vacation"? <BR>
Old Dec 18th, 2000, 11:47 AM
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&gt;Why are you thanking Mr. Mathews for <BR>&gt;taking an "adult vacation"? <BR> <BR>For not inflicting "three children ages 3, 5, and 6" on the rest of the travelers. I love kids dearly (my own included), but they should be at least 9 or 10 years old before they go along on a European vacation that involves hotels and restaurants. (Renting a villa, on the other hand, would be fine if the kids survived the flight over and back.)

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