Next year will see the 100th anniversary of the end of Great War. As a bit of a WWI history buff, I'd like to visit Europe during this time since Armistice Day counts for nothing over here in the US.
I have about 7 days off (two weekends + 5 weekdays -2 days travel) that I can use and money's not really an issue. As such, I've been toying with two possible trips:
Fly into London, HQ at my fave spot in Fulham (The Malthouse: inexpensive, located on a main line and close to a lot of cool stuff). Spend my time pre-11/11 time visiting museums after visiting pubs: also, pubs. Try to get to the Cenotaph along with 30 million other Brits on the 11th. Hope it doesn't rain (it'll rain). Amuse HRM with travel stories (possibly; depends on what kinda mood Liz is in). Go home on Monday.
- Fly into Amsterdam; stay a few nights in the City of the Killer Bicycles and Cheap Beer. So cheap. So wonderfully, wonderfully cheap! Cheaper than the water; cheaper than your life in the bike lanes. Hope that this time football hools don't take over the city (they were very nicely-behaved hools in Amsterdam, unlike the joyous and generally suffering from uncontrolled reverse-parastalsis crowd that spilled into the streets in Fulham). After living all that life has to offer in in Ol' Amsterdam, sod off for Brugges via the ever-efficient European rail system for a stay of three days, heading to Ypres (Menin Gate) for the day on the 11th. Train back to Amsterdam on the 12th and fly home.
I'm pretty much resigned to the fact I'm not the only person who has thought of going to either location for 11/11/18. I suspect there'll be just shy of a bazillion people in either place, but I'm trying to view that as a positive: a group of like-minded people of different nations sharing a once-in-a-century event. Given the 11th is on a Sunday of what I'm sure will be a three-day weekend on the Continent, I'm counting on a lot of company.
Aaaaanyway, them's my options, unless you tre' clever folks can think of something else?
-- Mike Beebe