I woke this morning with a serious case of itchy feet. I have been looking through some old photos from a 2006 trip to Europe. I have had the time to do this because I have been at home sick for the last week or so with a really bad case of the flu. Also it has been very cold and raining constantly, so reading, reflecting and looking at photographs has been a nice pastime.
I bet most people who went and saw the movie 'The Bucket List' were like me. I have had my own 'Bucket List' for years and have been steadily working through it. One of the problems with a 'Bucket List' is that the more experiences you have the more items you tend to add to the list. Reincarnation is one aspect of spiritual reality which I hope is true as it may give me time enough to tick everything on the list. One of the items I ticked off in 2006 was a much anticipated tour of Europe. Of course the whole affair was within the context of leave without pay and a tight budget, but with a lot of planning we were able to complete a tour which gave us the biggest bang for the buck. It was a sort of grand tour, wide ranging but in many ways superficial. So the inevitable happens. We came home and added 'In Depth Tour' to the bucket list.
The 27 day European Tour we went on was great but as our Tour Director Lorenzo Borelli said on the first day, "This is not a holiday it is a Tour! If you want a holiday go to the Bahamas and lie on the beach for a week, tonight we stay here in Paris, tomorrow your morning call will be at 7a.m. ! " He wasn't kidding, but the long days were the only way to pack in just about every iconic sight from the Eiffel Tower to the Leaning Tower of Pisa to Venice.......
The next trip is not going to be like that. It is going to be more in depth, a lot slower and as far away from hotel rooms as we can get. We want to sail on the Norfolk Broads, cycle the Brittany coast in France, visit the Jersey Islands and the Lake District, hire a car in Scotland, Ireland, Italy........ Its quite a long list and the itineray is a muddle at the moment but the seed of an idea has a tendency to start growing especially if you water it with the imagination.