Well, Heather has now made her plane reservation and has also (we hope) booked a hotel. Poor thing apparently spent two hours on the phone last night being shuffled back and forth between Amex and Marriott where she was trying to reserve a room using her points. Marriott saying "you can't use vouchers until you have the voucher numbers"; Amex saying "we don't have the voucher numbers"; Marriott saying "neither do we"; Heather saying "but I won't get the vouchers for 10 days at which point the room might not be available"; both Amex and Marriott saying "well, yeah, that's basically right..." So she booked the room on a points and cash basis, and when the vouchers come through will try and switch the room over to just vouchers. That's why everyone should just use Capital 1 - you get your points and you use them whenever and wherever you please.
Meanwhile, I haven't reserved anything more. But...I have e-mailed RailEurope to find out how I would get to the town in Germany where the miniature show is because when I type it into their "book a trip" form, they don't recognize the name. But there's a train station there, so one way or another, there would be a way to get there from Paris.
And I've also e-mailed a woman in Nice, France who has a very nice looking apartment where she rents out a room. It has tremendous reviews about her and the area and such. So I'm asking her if it would be relatively to stay there for a week (her minimum stay) and use trains to get to various other places in southern France. If she says yes (and I imagine she will - France's rail system seems to be pretty great), then I will probably book that, checking out on 5/17 and taking a morning train to Paris to meet up with Heather who will be getting into Paris at 6:00 a.m. that morning.
So if and when I get good answers from RailEurope and the apartment owner, my plan (I think) is to fly into Nice on 5/9, train to Paris on 5/17; get to Germany for the miniature show on June 3; then fly home from Amsterdam on June 4. Kind of wears me out thinking about it, but I think once the thinking is done, it could be quite a nice trip because I would essentially only be staying in two places - Nice and Paris - so I wouldn't constantly be packing and unpacking.
We shall see... Meanwhile, here's a picture to whet your appetite. :)
- Mary Lynne
- West Virginia
- When I started my retirement travels - the first of which was my solo overseas trip to Italy in 2009 - I wanted a way to share it with family and friends as it happened. Hence, "My Travel Journal". However I realized I wouldn't always be on a trip and wondered what to do with the blog in between times. My daughter pointed out, wisely, that travels can also include trips to the kitchen to try a new recipe, trips to visit family, trips to my neighborhood Starbucks, or a fun day trip with a friend. You're welcome to join me on any of these journeys!
P.S. I've set up separate pages for each of my major trips (see tabs above).
I recently added an "Italian Word a Day" thingie which shows up at the bottom of every page. You see the word and can click to hear it pronounced. I've been enjoying it and I think my accent is improving as time goes by.