My goodness -- does the Rick Steves' calendar on the wall say that it's 2019 already? That must mean it's time for me to go back to Europe!
Sept 21: Take off at 4:20 (in more ways than one) from SeaTac.
4:21 -- Are we there yet?
4:22 -- We we there yet?
4:23 -- Seriously, are we there yet?
Sept 22: Land CDG, join the cattle-line getting through arrivals, sprint to TGV station and hopefully make my train to Strasbourg; try to stay awake so I don't miss my stop.
6:00pm: "What's German for 'how the hell do I get back to Strasbourg?'"
Sept 23: Enjoy a tour of the Alsace wine region. Try not to get Al-sauced.
Sept 24: Colmar? Who can say nien to that?
Sept 25: How could you not spend a day in Strasbourg itself? It's the Strasbourg-iest place in Alsace.
Sept 26: Off to Bayeux! 5 hours of train time. Beats sitting in I-5 traffic back in Seattle.
Sept 27: Overlord D-Day tour
Sept 28: Cheese-and-brandy tour: what could POSSIBLY go wrong here?
Sept 29: Explore Bayeux. I'll bet there's a cathedral there!
Sept 30: Off to Paris.
Oct 1: Wander all around Paris marveling at how wonderful it is to be wandering all around Paris
Oct 2: Lyon for the day? Don't mind if I do!
Oct 3: Walk to the Arc de Triomphe -- provided the Yellow Vests haven't burned it down by then.
Oct 4: Off to visit Chartes, and is that a CATHEDRAL?!
Oct 5: Choo-Choo to Ghent
Oct 6: Ypres and the Menin Gate ceremony
Oct 7: Bruges; who doesn't like Bruges?
Oct 8: Explore Ghent or wander unsteadily back to Bruges.
Oct 9: Off to Haarlem!
Oct 10: Visit the Rijksmuseum -- provide running commentary/prop humor until my wife threatens to kill me.
Oct 11: Explore Haarlem. Oh, look -- a cathedral!
Oct 12: Traipse on over to the Van Gogh museum. I'm sure the line will be short and the place mostly empty on a Saturday.
Oct 13: Fly back on home
Missed this trip: Oktoberfest. :( There was just no way to work it in this go-around. As Uncle Rick always says, "No refunds!" -- erm, I mean, "travel like you're going to return someday." And despite several written warnings from EU agencies, I -will- return!
So here we go:
What ultra-super-neato things would you do in Bayeux, apart from that tapestry dealio and trying to look interested in the cathedral? There's gotta be some way of killing the day there that doesn't have to do with the Battle of Hastings.
How'bout Strasbourg? It looks pretty, but is it all-damned-day pretty?
Anything else you'd do if you were in my shoes?
-- Mike Beebe
"We should honestly be there by now"