Our first trip to Europe last fall was a great success. We travelled by motorhome through Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, France, Spain, little Andorra, and even smaller Gibraltar. The map below shows our approximate route for Europe Phase 1.
My musings about this period are available in the Archives from September 2011 to December 2011 (remember that to read them chronologically, you need to read them from the bottom up).
We returned home to Vancouver just before Christmas. It was great to be with friends and family for the holidays, and to get caught up on the many things that needed to be done. We left Europe with a to-do list of 120 items and battled it down to 12 items before we departed. I never understood why retired people claimed they were so busy, but there appears to be something to it!
Because our home is rented, we were graciously hosted by our friends Werner and Henny for most of our time in Canada. We did take a short trip down to Arizona to visit family (read about it in an upcoming blog) and to escape the rain. We also ‘house sat’ for a couple of weeks for our friends Joanie and Henry who were also traveling.
We had previously decided to stay in Vancouver until the wedding of our niece Bailey and her husband Keenan. It was a small and thoroughly enjoyable wedding and provided us a great last-minute opportunity to see Diane’s family before we departed.