With less than 6 weeks to go, we’ve finally finalized our European itinerary and made all the necessary train/hotel bookings.  WHEW!  That was not easy.  Here’s our plan:

Euro Route

We’ll fly into Brussels and stay one night, then take a train to Bruges and stay for 2 nights.  To get to Paris, we’ll take local trains and stop briefly in Lille and/or Amiens.  After three nights in Paris, we’re off to Rome (with a brief stop in Milan) for another 3 nights.  Then it’s on to Cinque Terre for two night and then Venice for one.  A night train will take us to Munich where we’ll only stay one night (this is the biggest disappointment to me, but Oktoberfest put a longer stay out of our budget) and then it’s on to Freiburg via Mannheim for two nights.  We’ll head to Amsterdam (via Frankfurt) for two nights, then finish with another night in Brussels before we head home.

ARE WE CRAZY?  Yes, probably.  This is certainly going to be more of a whirlwind adventure than we had initially planned.

This trip is longer, more fast paced, and more expensive than we thought it would be a year ago.  I’ve come to terms with that.  Most of our bookings after Italy allow for cancellation and we’re travelling on train passes, so if it really does get to be TOO MUCH, we can make some adjustments.  Does that make us any less crazy?  No, probably not.

I am very excited but I’m also nervous and overwhelmed.  There are so many unknowns and a lot of things that could go wrong.  I have to change my perspective – this isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey… and there is a LOT of journey on this trip!