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stardust Aug 5th, 2006 04:34 AM

I know I'm not being very original but... Fabulous trip report !

bonzhoor Aug 5th, 2006 10:14 PM

Norcal -

YOU ARE AN really should be a writer, truly enjoyable post but also very informative and inspiring!!!

Here I am totally freaked and paralyzed by the fact that we are leaving in a week and a half to go to London, Paris and "somewhere else in France" and all I have so far are the airline tickets, hotel reservations for London and Paris which I did just to make sure we will have a place but know I am going to change according to how we finally decide to break up this trip. We couldn't decide exactly where we wanted to go because as a lot of posters here complain about, I was already having analysis paralysis. However, a couple of nights ago, my DH and I finally had a chance to discuss and have a rough idea of where we want to go and a vague idea of how to go about it. Now, it's only a matter of deciding how many days to spend in each stop and where to base ourselves, and then get the hotel, then get train tickets and car reservations : ), of course, all through the very helpful posts on this, here I am at 1:30 AM trying to do my research and what am I doing...spending the past hour reading, laughing and crying through your post - but now I am INVIGORATED AND ENRGIZED and think, I CAN DO THIS TOO!!!

Thank you!

noe847 Aug 9th, 2006 12:37 PM

Thanks for a lovely report. I did laugh out loud (very unusual for me) and I did get teary at the end. My youngest is also going away to university in a few weeks as well. They don't come home for the summers, so it is hard to see them go.

I am already thinking ahead to Spring Break trips, but unfortunately their breaks do not coincide. We had a great two week trip at Christmas to Germany, Prague, and Vienna, and I treasure each moment that we had.

ElendilPickle Aug 9th, 2006 02:31 PM

Thanks for the additional information, NorCalif!

Lee Ann

azresptech Aug 9th, 2006 05:23 PM

This has to be the best trip report I've ever read. DH is grumbling that dinner is so late, but I couldn't stop reading this. I laughed, I cried, I sympathized, I admired. What a wonderful trip. Your family sounds terrific as well. Gotta go cook dinner now. Caio!

artlover Aug 9th, 2006 08:41 PM


I laughed and had so much fun reading this, and really relate to Rule #2! :D

We took DD to Italy when she was 13, last year she spent 6 mo. in Siena from the U. and was just back in Rome again last week. Can't wait 'til she can "take" us to Rome!

Thanks so much for your delightful report!

wordteacher Aug 9th, 2006 09:59 PM

Enjoyed your trip "blog" NorCalif:-)Ever consider applying for the TV show AMAZING RACE?

kswl Aug 10th, 2006 05:18 PM

fantastic report and trip, norcalif!

gardeniapatti Aug 14th, 2006 11:11 AM

Lovely report, even if the ending was sappy. ;)

Thanks for all of the posts. They were entertaining and informative.

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