Life on the Lighter Side is going to Europe.
Bob and I are getting a jump on our 40th wedding anniversary celebration, which is in August. We chose to travel in April for a couple of reasons. It’s not prime season. That means smaller crowds and cheaper flights (allegedly). Also, I will do just about anything to keep from sweating. (The irony of that statement combined with the fact that I live in Florida is not lost on me.)
We have been planning this trip for months. Of course, that means Rick Steves has become our best friend. We love his travel books. I follow him on face book, which is how I discovered that he is in Italy right now, paving the way for us. That also means I have the opportunity to stalk, I mean look for, Rick. It will be my version of “Where’s Waldo.”
Besides devouring Rick’s books and making a steady diet of watching his PBS shows, I have been working on getting myself in shape so that I can best enjoy our trip. Our destinations include Rome, Tuscany, Austria, and Bavaria.
My workout regime focuses on four main areas.
- Walking. We will be doing walking tours. The last time we were in Europe we walked everywhere. When I got home I missed being able to walk to a destination instead of doing the much less inspiring laps around the block in my neighborhood.
- Bike riding. We will do a bike tour of Munich.
- Spinning. Not to be confused with any form of biking. We will be doing the Sound of Music tour in Austria. You know that part of the movie where Maria walks up the hill, makes a dramatic spin and belts out “The hills are alive?” I plan on doing that. The problem is I get queasy with the slightest twirl. That’s why I’ve been working out.
- Drinking wine. I love wine. Especially red wine. One of the big draws of Tuscany is the myriad of vineyards and local wines. I have been pretty much a one-glass-of-wine person. Two makes me sleepy. My sons like to tease me about this and have suggested that I try to increase my endurance in this area. So, I’ve been working on it, but only for the good of my trip, mind you.
We will touch down in Rome tomorrow morning. I plan on blogging (wifi permitting), so if you’d like to follow my adventure, stay tuned. I’ll share the highlights with you (assuming that second glass of wine doesn’t put me to sleep).