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The Boomer and the Gen-Zer: A trip of firsts

The Boomer and the Gen-Zer: A trip of firsts

Old Jan 13th, 2020, 06:03 PM
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Melnq8, your photos and report were so captivating that I enjoyed all a second time! So many beautiful places and super-delicious pastries! Glad you and your niece had such a wonderful trip!
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Old Jan 13th, 2020, 06:18 PM
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Thank you tomarkot!
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 05:33 AM
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Very much enjoyed the report. Lucky you for having a niece who likes to travel, and travels well. Our niece turned 14 the year we moved to Austria, and not once could we convince her to visit. She didn't think Europe was "interesting." We think she thought boys were more interesting; she is now 21, married with a 3 year-old and living in the same small town she grew up in.
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Old Jan 14th, 2020, 08:47 AM
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<< We think she thought boys were more interesting; she is now 21, married with a 3 year-old and living in the same small town she grew up in.>>

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Old Jan 15th, 2020, 05:47 AM
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annhig, I agree with your sentiment. To her credit our niece is finishing her bachelors degree and will graduate in the spring, a good thing, but she plans to remain in the area because hubby gave up his college scholarship to get a job to pay the bills. Niece's career path is portable, but the two of them have an uphill climb for the foreseeable future.
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Old Jan 16th, 2020, 02:17 AM
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oh dear, fourfor, that is an uphill climb or even struggle. But who is to say that the conventional route is best - at the age of 63 I still have my two young adult children at home with me when others my age have grown up grandchildren!

Good luck to them both, anyway.
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Old Jan 19th, 2020, 12:42 PM
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Awesome Trip Report!

I LOVED your trip report. So much helpful information and gorgeous pictures too. I'm starting to plan my trip for this fall and am hoping to include Munich, Rothenburg and Salzburg so there was a lot I learned from you. Thank you for posting.

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Old Jan 19th, 2020, 06:03 PM
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Thank you Lynne - I hope you have a wonderful trip!
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Old Mar 31st, 2020, 10:39 PM
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After reading about your smooth and uneventful trip to Spain I found this to read. Your research is amazing and wonderful photos. It's hot and sunny where I am in Australia so those snowy photos make me feel cold! Thanks for sharing.
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Old Jun 8th, 2020, 08:41 AM
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Hi Kay - just saw your post. Still licking my wounds from that 'uneventful' trip to Spain!
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Old Jun 10th, 2020, 10:36 PM
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HI Mel, licking your wounds but I guess planning the next few escapes? Though none of know exactly when we'll be able to travel internationally.

Queensland borders are still closed, as are the Western Australia and Northern Territory borders. International travel is banned for now. It seems past time for them to re-open state borders but I guess it's better to be safe. Australia currently has very few active cases of COVID-19 but we all know it doesn't take much to suddenly become a huge problem.
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Old Jun 11th, 2020, 06:29 AM
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Kay - yeah, we've had to cancel three international trips in the past few months. Ever the optimist, I'm consoling myself by planning an extended trip to Europe, timing unknown. The idea is to have the research done so we can go at the drop of a hat when we're able and comfortable about doing so.

We also plan to make several short road trips within our state this summer. We usually don't travel in the summer due to crowds, but are making an exception this year and taking this opportunity to revisit some favorite spots in Colorado.

I'm not aware of specific state border closures here in the US. There probably are some, but I've not kept track.

I can't help but think Western Australia would be a good place to be during a state closure....given its massive size, one could still do quite a bit, no?
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Old Jun 15th, 2020, 10:28 PM
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Hi Mel,
Just enjoying a re read of this and reflecting on how different things are since your return.

It was a great trip for your niece and hopefully she will catch the travel bug!
We were fortunate in being able to cancel our flights for a planned trip to UK and europe in April/May, and very fortunate that we did not have to pay any cancellation fees.
We are starting to think about road trips, but as mentioned many Australian borders are currently closed.
Here in SA we have just found out that from midnight the WA and NT borders will be open to us.
However it would be a very long drive to get to Perth!!!

Love reading your planning and again thank you for sharing your adventures.


We have however filled in our time having short day drives into the hills and enjoying the autumn scenery.
I often think of you when we have a stop in Hahndorf - and your love of hot chocolate!
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Old Jun 15th, 2020, 11:37 PM
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Your comment re West Australia being a good place to explore was very tempting Mel.
But it was short lived optimism from us here in South Aust. as it seems we would still have to isolate for 14 days if going west!
(OK for West Aussies to come here without isolation...)

Oh well - worth a short bit of travel research.
I will go and re read your Switzerland trip planning.
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Old Jun 16th, 2020, 12:02 AM
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love_travel_AusWe have however filled in our time having short day drives into the hills and enjoying the autumn scenery”......

did you get to the Mt Lofty gardens when they reopened?

It was just past peak foliage, but so lovely.







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Old Jun 16th, 2020, 12:06 AM
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We did indeed!
Had multiple visits for different walks - it is glorious.
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Old Jun 21st, 2020, 07:54 AM
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love_travel_Aus - oh yes, Hanhdorf and chocolate! A favorite memory for sure!

Our first mini road trip came to a bad end unfortunately. Two beautiful days of hiking...and then a lovely early morning hike to a waterfall that ended abruptly when I took a spill at a river crossing, fell with a thud and broke my right wrist. We had to walk 90 minutes back to the car, then take a 4x4 road back to the highway and then drive 30 minutes back to town and Urgent Care. The break was too severe for them to handle, so I ended up in the ER.

It looks like I might be headed to surgery soon, just waiting for Monday so I can find an orthopedist for as assessment.

So, my Fodor's time will be spent reading, as typing this short response with my left hand has been an ordeal!

Lovely photos Adelaidean!
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Old Jun 21st, 2020, 07:15 PM
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Oh dear - so very sorry to read this.

Hoping the surgery goes well and that you recover comfortably and promptly.
How unfortunate that having hiked in some amazing mountain places in Europe you have an accident at home.

Sending very best wishes, and please do not wear out your good hand in replying.
(Save it for drinking hot chocolate!)
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Old Jun 22nd, 2020, 02:18 AM
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Oh, Mel, sending you good wishes! What a year you’ve had!

We are in Port Lincoln on our own little road trip.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2020, 04:14 AM
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Oh NO! Yikes Mel!

Good for you for bearing up under such a painful and looong trial of walking and jouncing and doctors' probing. Gut besserung!!

One almost good element-- at least this didn't happen on the eve of an international trip!

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