This is my first post -- I've never blogged before.
We leave for France in just about 1 month, and there's still a lot to do. We have our houses rented and two are paid for (1 we pay for upon arrival). We have our plane tickets & car reservation and both are paid for. We have hotel reservations for Paris, Beaune & Normandy. We have our GPS and maps. We still need to work out the details of what we want to do and when we want to do it, but we don't want to plan things too closely, so we can have the freedom to say "we're pooped! Let's stay home today, do some laundry, and read a book."
Setting up this blog page was one of the things left on my pre-trip to-do list. I've also set up a Picasa account for handling our pictures. Obviously, we plan to take a laptop. It seems that travel today requires quite a list of electronics. When we took our first trip in 1994, I think the most electronic thing we had with us was our travel alarm clock!
The purpose of this blog is two-fold: primarily it will be my journal of the trip. I have kept journals of all of our European trips over the years, but by hand - I'm hoping this blog will be a more complete and accurate record. Secondarily, this blog will allow our friends and relatives to check in with us as we travel. When we were in France 5 years ago, we found that sending postcards was much more expensive than sending a "blast-o-gram" email to everyone. For about 3 euros at the local internet cafe, we could get a couple of cups of coffee and a half-hour on the internet, compared to about 2 euros per post card (cost of post card + postage). Those who log into our blog can read as little or as much as they want of it as it will probably have more detail than the casual reader will find to be of interest.
We leave on September 12th -- non-stop flight from Seattle to Paris on Air France. We arrive in Paris around 8:30 AM on September 13th. We have 3 nights in Paris, then we pick up our leased car at Orly airport south of Paris on 9/16 and drive directly to Beaune in Burgundy. We have 2 nights there before heading south to take possession of our rental house in Provence. A week later, we move to Languedoc where we are renting the same house we had 5 years ago. After 2 weeks there, we move to another rental in the Dordogne. Finally, we drive to Normandy where we will stay in a hotel on the Seine for a couple of nights before spending our last night at a hotel at the airport. We fly home on October 19th, arriving in Seattle just before noon.
That's all of the detail I'm going to post for now -- you will have to read future posts to find out more.
All for now.