Beats me! I say that only half tongue in cheek! Much like the painter with the dingy walls, the plumber with the leaky pipes or the hairdresser with bad roots…. I only know this for sure… I am flying out on US Air around 2 ish on the 3rd and changing planes in Philadelphia to arrive the next morning in Brussels…
While I plan other’s trips down to what to pack, with my own I usually take a look the day before or while on the plane to see what I am going to be doing. That is one of the main reasons that I usually travel on escorted tours or river cruises. I don’t have to worry about anything once I land because someone will be there waiting for me to take me to the hotel/ship. Once I am on the ship or hotel there will be someone there to explain to me what we are doing the next day and or a quick run down of the week. All I need to know is where is my room and when is the next meal being served!! (I NEVER miss a meal on vacation!!)
However, in the spirit of me attempting to actually blog a whole vacation I will give you a little bit of a run down of some of the highlights of this river cruise…
Today lets look at a place that I am really looking forward to visiting… Keukenhof Gardens. Uniworld is giving me an option of a full day in the garden or splitting the day between the Garden and Zaanse Schans which is an open air museum where you can observe life as it used to be lived with authentic windmills, houses and shops. I do believe (although it is about 30 years ago) I have seen the Zaanse Schans http://www.holland.com/global/tourism/Article/the-zaanse-schans.htm when I lived in Europe in the 80’s. So I am going to be spending the whole day wandering through the gardens (taking tons of pictures) and enjoying myself… please don’t rain!
For those of you that have never heard of Keukenhof Gardens… here is a link to view http://www.keukenhof.nl/en/5/facts-and-figures.html. This garden is open only a limited time each year… this year it is the 22nd of March until the 20th of May. If you are going to travel there on your own while in Holland the entrance fee is 14.50 Euro for adults and 7 Euro for children and the garden is located outside of Amsterdam. They have many things to see and do on the grounds.
We will be at the Gardens towards the end of our trip but this will be, I am sure, the highlight of the whole trip and the main reason for me wanting to go on this particular river cruise (well that and the food and the wine with dinner….)
Would love to hear about your experience with Keukenhof if you have been there… I don’t know if you can post pictures on this blog (gee, isn’t this my blog? shouldn’t I know these things?) But if you can figure it out go for it!
I will be back tomorrow with more information on the destinations that I will be visiting next week… beats packing!!