A while back, the two of us on this blog had planned out a comprehensive European vacation involving Italy, staying at Lake Como with day trips to Milan. We would come in via Spain (for the art museums) and leave via Vienna (I think this is what we decided; it could have been a couple of cities in Germany, but it was around there).
But now I really, really, REALLY want to go to Wales. I recently discovered that a friend from college, who is now teaching in Wales, actually lives within driving distance of Hay-on-Wye, which I think would be an excellent honeymoon spot.
If I ever get a sabbatical, ha ha, I want to spend time writing at St. Deiniol’s, a residential library. Yes. You live there. In the library. DO WANT! Although the library doesn’t specialize in my subject area, it would be a great place to write a lot, and read, reflect, rest, nap, and rejuvenate.
And while I’m over there, oh, I would like to see Cardiff, possibly also Glasgow and Edinburgh. I could just progress northward; these things are all pretty much in a line.
I could fly into Cardiff, hang out, then stay in Hay-on-Wye a little bit, then drive just a few hours to St. Deiniol’s. Stay there a few weeks, maybe. Thence a slightly longer ride to Glasgow, hang out, and fly home from Edinburgh, which I hear is also nice. See, that’s such a good plan! Now all I need is thousands of dollars (though the rates at the library aren’t too bad, and also include dinner & breakfast!) and maybe a month or two of free time. I’m sure I could find many simply smashing things to do in those places. Hmmmm…
Do you dream of travel? Have you been any of these places? Where would you want to go?
ETA: #2 says… we did? I thought my fantasy vacation was just, “An eating tour of Italy. Oh, and we can stop in Spain and eat there too– I’ve eaten good food in Spain, and I’d like to see the Alhambra again.” I might have wanted to do the art museums at that time, but I finally did get to see the Prado. (I LOVE CONFERENCES. Don’t think I actually get to go to exotic locals for vacation… If only I had a bigger bursary…) I don’t remember Germany being on the list. German food is ok, but I’m not sure you have to go to Germany unless you’re really into beer. Of course, Germany may be preferable to Wisconsin in other ways… And I wouldn’t mind getting another street waffle in Luxemborg. I will remember that experience for the rest of my life. Bliss.
My two main joys in life are eating and reading novels. Vacation should include both! Preferably someplace with nice weather.
What do you think is most important in a vacation?