As usual, I have spent a good deal of my time this past winter planning yet another wonderful trip abroad. It’s my favorite thing to do in retirement aside from being at home with my loving family members.
Many of my followers on my previous blog, Globetrekkergrandma, have expressed how much they enjoyed following along with me during my travels the last couple of years, hearing the stories I had to share and also enjoyed the vast array of photographs I managed to capture.
This year I’ll be using this new blog to share my adventures with you while I travel beginning in mid-April. “Where are you going this year, Claudia?” you might be wondering. Well….this year, first off I will board an airplane in Medford, Oregon bound for Aberdeen, Scotland to visit my best bud and cousin, Lindsay, once again.
I will stay a week with him and then I’ll board another flight from Aberdeen that will be headed for Amsterdam in The Netherlands!
I have been wanting to experience Holland in full bloom for quite some time. I found a bike and barge tour online that I am very excited about joining. Here’s a link to their website: Boat Bike Tours Tulip Tours
There is a wonderful barge ship called “Magnifique II” that I’ll stay on for 4 nights and 5 days. It’s like a floating hotel, complete with meals!
They even supply a bicycle to ride during the day to tour around the countryside with visiting castles, cheese factories, beautiful gardens, and acres and acres of spring bulbs while the ship slowly progresses along the canal to the next scheduled stop. It’s a nice small group of people and am also looking forward to making some new friends along the way.
At the end of each day of cycling to various wonderful and interesting places, the bike ride tour ends at the next destination where the boat will be waiting for us with dinner served in its lovely dining room! Sweet! I don’t even have to wash the dishes either! Wow! I’ll be a lady of leisure.
This experience should prove to be extra special for me, mainly because usually when I travel I economize by shopping at the local market and prepare my own meals (for the most part). I also usually stay in hostels in order to keep costs down and to be able to have access to self-catering kitchens.
But this trip I’m splurging for a whole week in Holland, and am really looking forward to a little bit of indulgence for a change of pace.
This is the tour route I’ll be following:
After spending that delightfully flowery time in Holland, I will return to Aberdeen to spend about a month and a half with Lindsay again exploring around Scotland once more. I can never seem to get my fill of that wonderful ancestral homeland.
We’re not quite sure what adventures we will get up to yet, but you can be sure it will be fun, interesting and packed with a few surprises you won’t want to miss.
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I look forward to sharing my many adventures with you in the near future. Now I need to start packing and make sure I’ve got everything I’ll need! Until the next time… Happy Traveling! ~ Claudia