- Itinerary: Twenty-two days by train in France
- Back from France: Intro to Upcoming Series
- Days 1&2: Bordeaux, Sleep Deprivation, and the Case of the Missing Driver
- Day 3: Saint-Émilion, Wine, and Glimpses of Heaven
- The Arguing Old Couple. “Il est trés fou!”
- Day 4: A Travel Buddy in Amboise
- Day 5: Chateau Amboise and Solo Travel Revelations
- Day 6: Being Lazy in Amboise
- Day 7: Chateaux of the Loire Valley
- Amboise and Rude Americans
- Day 8: Dark Alleys and Fear in Sarlat-la-Canéda
- Solo Travel: Crushing Loneliness
- Day 9: Touring Les Plus Beaux Villages de Dordogne
- Day 10: An Evening of Tears in Carcassonne
- Day 11: Arles and Falling in Love
- Day 12: Gender Normative Behavior in Arles
- Day 12: Roman Ruins, Van Gogh, and Body Positivity in Arles
- Day 13: Catcalls and a Lost Reservation in Nice
- Day 13: There’s No Cerveza on this French Menu!
- Day 14: The Beauty of Nice
- Day 15: Eeeezeeee Does It At Éze Village
- Day 16: Wishing for Longer in Lyon
- Day 17: Getting To Chamonix-Mont-Blanc By Train Is Not For The Weak
- Day 18: L’Aiguille du Midi
- Day 19: Annecy
It seems unbelievable, but the trip to France I’ve dreamed of for 12 years is coming up quickly.
Everything with Cookie and the other guy (I think I decided to call him goatee guy? I can’t recall!) is great. I can’t believe I’ve been seeing them both for about six weeks already. I keep liking each of them more and more as I get to know them better.
I feel incredibly lucky to have met them both. Obviously, Cookie is the one I have more intense feelings for. I appreciate the calm loveliness of what I have with goatee man all the more for it, I think. They complement each other, if that makes any sense. Each has some quality that the other lacks, and yet both of them are equally wonderful.
I’ve been so happy that I’ve been on a bit of a romantic cloud (combined with my usual anxiety and stress, of course). I’ve been distracted.
Suddenly, I’ve realized that only a few weeks from today, I’ll be in Bordeaux on a wine tasting tour. Time flew by! My big trip to France is actually going to happen. I’m still in shock, even though I’m the one who has made all the arrangements!
My itinerary is based on Rick Steves’ recommendations for a 22 day France by train itinerary, although I’ve adjusted it slightly. The original can be found here: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/france/itinerary
Accommodations and train tickets are booked. Researching guided tours, must-eat dining options, and other activities are the focus now.
I’m also finalizing what to bring.
The trip to Ireland last summer was my first trip to Europe, and I brought a typical rolling suitcase with me. I wished I hadn’t. This time, my goal is to be able to fit everything into the Osprey Farpoint 55.
This means leading up to the trip I’m researching decent quick dry clothing options so I don’t have to bring much with me, and can simply wash things out in hotel room sinks as needed.
I’ve found underwear and shirts, but not quick dry pants I’ll be comfortable in. My thinking as of right now is to give up on doing so. If I wear one pair of jeans and bring another I should be fine. I think. If anyone has thoughts on this I’m all ears. And, as I write this, I’ve just realized I need socks, as well. Thoughts on that are welcome, too!
For now, though, I’ll simply share my itinerary. I’m rather proud of it. It will allow a lot of time spent sitting on trains and enjoying the scenery, along with days spent in various locations around the country.
I can’t wait.
|1. ARRIVE Paris, France||NA|
|2. Bordeaux, France||2|
|3. Amboise, France||4|
|4. Sarlat la Caneda, France||2|
|5. Carcassonne, France||1|
|6. Arles, France||2|
|7. Nice, France||3|
|8. Lyon, France||1|
|9. Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France||2|
|10. Paris, France||3|
|11. LEAVE Paris, France||NA|