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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Home for a Rest

We’re home for a day before we take off again for the North (I have an orientation to attend tomorrow, breaking up our week of holidays. Figures). We’re going to spend a few days with my sister-in-law, relaxing by the lake.

As usual, we had a good time in Kingston. Cakes is now calling McHotty’s parents “grand buddy” and “that guy”.

We’re trying to give Cakes, and ourselves, lots of time with her grandparents before they leave for a big trip. They’re gone for eleven weeks, spending time in Turkey, southern Italy, and over a month in India. They’ve been doing some very adventurous travel since I met them—I hope we’re half as active at their age.

Speaking of travel, we’re still hoping to go to Italy in the spring, where we will likely start project Number Two. We want to cover lots of ground, and drink lots of wine, with as little stress as possible (meaning no car). So we’re looking at tours. Can anyone recommend an operator? I’m looking for something like this one with Contiki. Has anyone used Contiki?

Any advice would be appreciated!

Have a fab long weekend everyone.

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Many thanks to Kyla for this:

20 Comments:

Blogger Kyla said...

Enjoy yourselves!

There is a wee gift over at my place for you.

3:16 PM  
Blogger kgirl said...

have fun in the great white north! i've never been on a tour, but i think contiki is usually pretty full of rowdy college kids. but that might be exactly what you're looking for ;)

3:36 PM  
Blogger mamatulip said...

I am LMAO that Cakes calls McHotty's dad "that guy." That is HYSTERICAL -- at least to me, anyway.

Have a good time!!

3:47 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

kgirl - yes, we thought it'd be fun to tour around with the young uns.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Gabriella said...

Hi MM
We went on a tour to Italy in 02, the itinerary was exactly the same as the link you provided, our tour group was Trafalgar. Great guide and the group was a mixture of young and old, we actually had a mother daughter team. The mother 85 and the daughter 65! They had more energy than we did sometimes!!
The downside of the tour was getting up really early each morning; sometimes around 5:30am!! This was hard to do as we spent each night partying around! But the tour was a great way to see a lot of the country. Sorry for the lonnggg post. If you have any more questions email me, and also my husband's from Italy so if you want to know anymore details ask away!!!

7:54 PM  
Blogger Beck said...

We're going to be in the same place this weekend, I think!

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

"Grand buddy" and "That guy" -- hahahahahahaa!

8:31 PM  
Blogger Teena said...

I've never used Contiki but Italy sounds like fun! Take me with you!! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeez!!

9:04 PM  
Anonymous ali said...

grandbuddy. my gawd, that kid slays me!

9:19 PM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

Looks like a great itinerary. I've never used a travel co but I agree with what others have said. If you are looking to drink that is probably a good tour to go with. Though I had to laugh at their description of the Cinque Terre. It is totally commercial now. Still amazing though.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

Looks like a great itinerary. I've never used a travel co but I agree with what others have said. If you are looking to drink that is probably a good tour to go with. Though I had to laugh at their description of the Cinque Terre. It is totally commercial now. Still amazing though.

10:51 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

Grand Buddy...snort. I love Cakes.

I'll talk to my friend S, her BFF is a whatever you call it and they go to Europe every year and have a fab time!

11:38 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

We went to Italy to start Project Number One. It didn't quite work out the way we planned it, but we had fun anyway. ;)

We didn't do a tour, just stayed in a beautiful place outside of Florence and rented a car. It was super easy to get around that way and we weren't tied down to anyone else's schedule.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous winslow1204 said...

Glad you've been having fun.. Italy in the spring?? WOW!!

9:42 AM  
Blogger aimee / greeblemonkey said...

I want all the details on Italy! We can close to going, but never have been... it WILL be in the plans for sometime though!

9:52 AM  
Blogger NotSoSage said...

Oh, I hope we're that active at that age, too. Good incentive to take care of oneself. Good for them!

10:39 AM  
Blogger nomotherearth said...

I'm not fond of the tour thing myself, but I've been to Italy a couple of times and my parents go there frequently. If you decide not to go on an official tour, then I can recommend some really nice places, depending on where you plan to go.

Have a fun vacation!

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Ali (Alicia) said...

Jules!

I went on a contiki tour when i was 19. I fell in love with a Fireman from LA. It was the greatest trip i've ever been on!! I highly recommend it! email me and i'll give you details!!! woh. im excited.

2:41 PM  
Blogger something blue said...

Italy in the spring, with a mission is very exciting!

I'm glad Kyla passed the button on to you because you are sexy and nice.

3:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a great weekend by the lake! We'll be thinking about you guys!

AEH

10:51 AM  

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