Like all my trips these past few years, they almost materialize out of nowhere. Not like on a whim or anything…
but more like my friend and I get together for an afternoon and the next thing I know I am headed somewhere fun and different. I think we both value experiences over buying loads of new things.
We really had our hearts set on visiting Tuscany, Rome, Pisa, and all the highlights of Italy, but that trip was not to be for this year. Plan, plan, plan, then get ready for a change of plans and see the bright side of change.
One good thing, the summer weather might be a bit more comfortable in the UK compared to Italy in August, but in this era of summers getting hotter and drier around the world, one never knows what lies ahead.
Here are the beautiful photos, with epic scenery one always expects when traveling. In the last scheduled post showing photos from Eastern Europe, all places one visits are not necessarily “pretty”. Some places make one think deeply or show past tragedies. Each time I set off on travel, like here in Prague, I do ponder how things will go, and whether I will miss anything of interest or importance – or if something that makes world news will happen. Seems to be happening more often too.
Excited to see England and Scotland, I am bringing my rain gear just in case the rumors are true of frequent rain. I almost forget what rain is, having so little since April 4th. I am beginning to really fear this climate change upon us.
A blogger and bee keeper from London, Emily from Adventures in Beeland, just passed on a few links on things not to miss at Kew. With five days in London, we really hope to get to Kew.
No boat this trip, just buses and rail taking us from place to place. I so love the small river ships we have been taking, but this trip will be covering less square miles and far fewer countries.
Every trip I took, I always worried a bit on liking the food. I just loved the food on every trip I took to Europe (like here in Prague and along the Danube in these images), but hear people often complain about food in the UK as bland and boring. That might not bother me at all, if true. Spicy food or dishes made with green peppers (allergic to them) is something I cannot eat and plagued me visiting New Orleans, Costa Rica and Mexico.
In Europe, I sampled many things I never touch at home, like olives, and was delighted I enjoyed them. Of course I did not know the dish was made with olives mind you until after I ate it. I did read the Brits like sandwiches made with butter (not me) rather than mayo, and salads are quite different, but that is not such a big stretch to get used to. I’ll have to let you know how I enjoyed the English food.
The bags were packed, the passport in hand, and the European vacation was all mapped out.
I will see you across the pond for new sights, sounds and adventures. That is me above after I just got my hair cut a lot shorter for the trip. I was outside, so the bangs blew to the side. I hate selfies (and photos of me in general), but wanted to update my photo from 2012 on the blog. So if you see me wandering around London… you can say hi!
Sniff, sniff, the trip will be over in a flash, back in my own bed wondering if I dreamed up my trip abroad. Just too darn quick every time… photos of my trip to follow after the first week in England. Not sure I will have the time to post, but maybe I’ll do the unlikely and post photos on FB. I do like to keep up on FB politics! This post was scheduled, as is the last and next one too. Too much travel…NOT!