On the Road Again…
OK, I know I wrote back in November that I would continue posting my travels and… well, it just didn't happen. No need to go into the whys and wherefores, I just did not have my head in the blogging game.
Last time you heard from me, I was on my way to Phoenix to attend and be a vendor at the ICHF (Combat Hapkido) 20th Anniversary Training/Banquet. Had a great time, met some fantastic folks and got to see old friends, but there was not a moment to spare. Since then, I spent the weeks before Christmas visiting my friend Uli in Mainz, attended the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame event in Atlantic City, New Jersey (and received an award for Special Contributions to the Martial Arts!) in January, and went on a western Caribbean cruise with my mom and Morgan in March (NOT on Carnival!!!)
However, the merry month of May is approaching, which means it's time to hit the road for a nice long trip.
In just over two weeks, I'm heading out to Italy, Ireland, England, and Wales. My good buddy Susie will accompany me to Italy, then I meet Morgan and his nephew and niece (both older than him!), Jon and Anna, in Dublin for a jaunt around the British Isles.
Here's the (still evolving) itinerary:
Day 1: Fly to Naples
Day 2-4 Visit Susie's friend (well, my friend, too, now!) Lucy and stay with her in Naples
Day 5-7 Train to Rome and see the sights, including the Sistine Chapel
Day 8-9 Train to Florence and see the sights, including David
Day 10-11 Train to the Cinque Terre
Day 12 – Bergamo visiting Camino friend Amedeo
Day 13-15 Drive through the Dolomiti (Dolomite mountains) and Venice
Day 16 – Back to stay near Milan airport
Day 17-19 – Fly to Dublin, then meet the kids
Day 20 – Galway (with skydiving for Morgan and I, weather permitting!)
Day 21-22 Dingle Peninsula
Day 23-24 Fly to London, see the sights
Day 25-27 See the English countryside from a cottage in Somerset
Day 28-29 Drive to Wales and see the sights
Day 30-31 Two nights in Liverpool (Beatles!) before we fly home.
Phew! I'm really quite excited because this is my first trip to Ireland, Wales, and basically anywhere outside of London. Although I've been to Italy before, it was (yikes!) 30 years ago on a travel agent fam trip, so it's almost like the first time as well.
I'll be looking forward to sharing travel pics, stories of our adventures, and travel tips regarding the trip preparation and execution of this amazing journey.
Please, as always, feel free to comment, add your own stories, or ask any questions. For all of you who followed my blog as I walked the Camino, this, obviously, is not an official pilgrimage. However, if you think about it, every time we travel, I believe we are searching for something, whether it be blessings, peace, novelty, or just a different perspective on life. Seems that I when I return home from just about any travel, I am a little bit different because of what I found there. Heck, sometimes it's even for what I did not find there.
So, welcome back, hop on, and let's go to Europe!