Sunday, October 13, 2013

I need a Vacation

I know, I know, I know. I just got back from a vacation. But it was really a three-week trip and not exactly a 'restful' vacation. I am beat. And I have jet-lag, made worse by the three weeks of travel.

I know that my trip around Germany was 2,250 miles of travel. I have yet to make a guess at the Switzerland trip. Flying into Zurich, I then proceeded to cross borders into France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Germany before flying home. 

On the eight hour flight home I watched three movies:  Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man 3, and The Internship.  I stayed awake for 22 hours straight, hoping to get back on an Eastern Time Schedule.  I am almost there, but still feeling the effects.

I should say that flying home on Lufthansa Airlines was a real treat.  We had two good meals, with free wine and ate with real metal utensils.  Plus, I did not have to remove my shoes in the Frankfurt airport.

I met some interesting folks and some real jerks on my adventure.  I started using code names for some of the travelers on the German excursions.  Once, when I referred to someone as the 'village idiot', a traveler from New Zealand knew exactly who I was talking about.  Scary.

I did get tired of having travelers try to impress with their wealth.  Really?  Did y'all think the rest of us won our trips on 'The Price is Right'?

I did meet some really nice folks and heard interesting reasons for traveling the world:  getting in touch with their roots, experiencing a different culture, or spending their required IRA distribution, LOL.  One couple from New Hampshire has a son who lives in Bloomfield Hills.  Another, a sister in Farmington Hills.  Small world.

My pictures are still in the camera.  Perhaps I will download them today.  Labelling and editing will take a lot of time.  My plan is to detail the trip in the A to Z Challenge next year.

For now, I am resting and thinking about a theme dinner for Thanksgiving.  The trouble with that is the best part of the trip was the wonderful pastries in both Switzerland and Germany.  Those and the gelato stands.

My general itinerary is shown here:

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A flight from Zurich to Frankfort, then:

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I added a trip to the Eagle's Nest, which required a crossing into Austria to reach it.  Big deal.  Other than a sign on the road, it was like crossing into a neighboring community.  Same with the drive through northern Italy, which is really not depicted on the map above.

I think it is time for a quick nap (I awoke at 4:30 a.m.).  Then I'll read the Sunday paper and have my second breakfast.  Seems like we ate all the time in Europe.  Huge breakfast buffets every morning, a treat I cannot afford to continue.

Enjoy the rest of your day, wherever you are.

1 comment:

  1. Still lucky you. Even if it takes time to recover. As for jet lag, plenty of sunlight.

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