Eat Well. Travel Often.
I am contentedly in-between trips; my next international trip is not scheduled until 2020.
On the other hand, Kim, Ed, Jonathan and Jennifer recently returned from a phenomenal European adventure. I am just as happy when others get to travel and was intrigued to hear about their trip.
Kim has been a faithful follower of the Meet You in the Morning blog (It is so encouraging when someone says they read and enjoy the blog!) so I asked if we could meet up.
Time got away from us as we talked TRAVEL, drank coffee and tea and munched on her delicious homemade scones and fresh lemon curd.
She told me about the many hours of research, and that uncomfortable feeling of “How will it work out? after all the planning. I could relate very easily to what she meant. We can plan and organize and research destinations, hotels, modes of transportation and restaurants, etc., but, in the end, there is the fear (and dread) of what is out of our control.
It is thrilling to see the destination reveal itself and the adventure unfold in it’s own way.
I have never taken a long river boat cruise or a bicycle tour so this was my turn to “live vicariously through others” and she has graciously allowed me to share photos with you.
Their original plan was to take a European bike and boat cruise. When friends Jonathan and Jennifer joined them it was decided to extend the trip and look for a second cruise. The Danube River cruise began and ended in Passau, Germany. A “Get Transfer” hired driver drove them cross-country to Basel, Switzerland to embark on a Rhine River cruise.
In a nutshell, they were each assigned a bicycle for the duration of the cruise. Each morning at the breakfast buffet they made sandwiches and packed a lunch. They were given a map as they disembarked, and while the boat cruised on without them, they spent the day cycling, exploring, visiting castles, ruins and quaint villages while making their way to where they were supposed to meet up with the boat at the end of the day.
Setting out for the day’s ride.
One thing that Kim said really stood out to me, “It was so peaceful.” I listened as she struggled to find just the right words to describe the experience... “tranquil, quiet, lovely…” Those words are a world apart from the words I sometimes hear to describe the typical European vacation experience: “crowded, chaotic, rude.”
Viking River Cruises and AMA Waterways are two of the big names in European river cruising, but I learned there is a plethora of other companies that offer barging, boating and bicycling in Europe. Do an internet search for EuroCyclo to locate some.
Link for Boat Bike Tours:
For transfers between airports and cities worldwide. Www.gettransfer.com
Enjoy Kim’s photos from beautiful Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland.
Wasn’t that a lovely way to travel?
This is definitely going on my Bucket List.
I am looking forward to our return to Europe in August 2020 for The Footsteps of Luther in Germany with Oberammergau Passion Play. Link I Want You to Travel in 2020 for more information.