Anticipation….. vacation summer 2016



Packing and anticipating our Azamara British Isle cruise and hop over to Paris.

Gail and I were so enamored with Scotland last summer that we started looking for ways to return this summer to see the places we missed. Gail receives email offers for cruises and one thing led to another….. here we are leaving tomorrow for Copenhagen to board the Azamara Quest for our 8-night cruise. While we’re in Europe we decided to fly to Paris for a few days before returning home.

Travel Planning

We spent the last few months planning, pouring over maps, and combing the Internet for things not to be missed. Some of the highlights we’ve arranged are – a taxi tour of the Orkney islands, a small group tour of the island of Sky, the Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, an independent tour to Mont St Michel, tickets to the top of the Eiffel Tour, Louvre, Versailles, a private Citroen tour of Paris, and a Paris market and cooking class.

Paris Airbnb

We’ve arranged an Airbnb apartment across the street from Notre Dame in the 5th Arrondissement and I’m familiar enough with public transportation and the layout of the city to get us around – famous last words.

Hmmmmm, our Air schedule could derail our plans. 

The only regret – what WAS I thinking – is that we arrive in Copenhagen just a few hours before the cruise leaves. If Air France decides to delay either flight we may be meeting the cruise in Edinburgh two days late!    But I have to think positively.


A challenge because of the various weather and climates, layering is in order. Orkney Island and Skye could be cold and wet – hat, gloves, rain gear, wool sweater and warm, waterproof shoes. Edinburgh, Belfast, Waterford, and Dublin will be mild but could be rainy – layers and rain gear.

Paris could be hot and does require some thought to style, light layers, and good walking shoes that aren’t too ugly!  We’ve arranged Luggage Forward to pick up a bag with our cruise clothes so we can travel light to Paris, I still think I’m bringing more than I need despite going over and over the clothes laid out for packing. Sigh.


I'm in my sixties with the world at my feet and thoughts mostly of "where to next?". I retired in 2017, sold my house in Massachusetts and most of my furniture and "stuff." When not traveling you can find me in Florida in the winter and Rhode Island in the summer. Travel has been a passion from a young age, over the years I've discovered I'm a traveler, not a tourist. I prefer traveling solo, with a travel friend, or small groups. Whenever possible I would rather spend time in one place rather than moving around. I'll never turn down an opportunity to go to France, but my travels have taken me all over the world. I've met some incredible people and had some fantastic experiences.

1 Comment

  • Bev July 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm Reply

    We’ll be watching the blog to be sure you made your ship departure and hopefully had a little time in Copenhagen to wander. Have a great time! Bev and Gord

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