In May, my sister and I did a 20-day trip, mostly via trains, from Rome to Paris. I did all of the planning and we had a wonderful time. Now, the pressure is on to plan something for next summer. Don't get me wrong, I love the planning part. My MO is to do some research. open my mind for possibilities and let the concepts compost. By January, when I'll probably book, it should be very rich compost.
One of the many highlights of our last trip were the idle, beautiful days we spent in Cinque Terre. After sightseeing Rome and Florence, this was a good interlude before more sightseeing in Venice and Paris. We rented an Airbnb in Monterosso which was chilly but not too crowded. At this midpoint in our trip, we spread out for a bit, did laundry, cooked meals, drank a lot of wine and sat on the beach. After 4 nights, we felt refreshed, grounded and ready for more touristy stuff.
For our next adventure, I've considered starting in Amsterdam, Munich or Vienna with possibilities of Prague, Copenhagen or Berlin. Somehow, ending up in Sweden, our ancestral home, feels right. This trip could go many ways but it makes sense to start with the something we found so fulfilling. My criteria for our hidey-hole is that it be a place that has enough tourist stuff: markets, museums, shops, trails, churches, etc to give us some structure. It has to be reachable by trains or ferries. I know the Alps are a thought but I live in the foothills of Colorado. It would have to be a really, really special mountain place to tempt me. Greece, Spain, Portugal...these are all on the eventual travel list, too.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I hadn't heard about Cinque Terre until I started planning and am hoping someone might think of something just as delightful.