Time to plan. She said yes. She has said no to Europe in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
I’ve lost deposits on things when she said caved in 2016 and 2017 with a simple trip to Lisbon. That didn’t work… so we were listed as a “no show” in 2017 at a pretty wicked Waterpark in Germany that has been on our bucket-list. Who would not want to sleep over inside a Waterpark!!
Will this summer be different and it all happens? Will we finally fly to Europe from Canada and visit some neat cities & Tropical Islands just south of Berlin?
(below: Chantal asking since she never replied to my email asking…)
(Above: Chantal telling me it’s a go! Karen also emailed me the next day with a “Yes”.)
So time to plan. I work at Lufthansa, and that provides me and the kids with flight benefits. There is so many great websites and apps for your phone to help you plan a trip to get away. All our trip information is going into Evernote now that my Daughter also has access to.
Time to use Evernote, Google Earth, Trip Advisor, Couchsurfing, Hostelworld and see what our options are. I have 16 days to plan out since the kids are at a cottage till the evening of July 28th. We are using Google Sheets to track and plan how much money we need. We are creating a google cal that will track some of the basics of the general timelines to show the kids the blocks of time.
I really wish the Canadian dollar was strong against the Euro.
When you start to look at the logistics on how to travel to hop from city to city… it’s kind of nuts and also equally hard to plan out.
Here are the basic details of the trip:
Right now, we have decided to fly Air Canada into Prague in the Czech Republic since it’s a little east of Munich and South of Berlin. We are flying standby so if we don’t fit on Air Canada Monday night, we will have a backup ticket towards Munich, Germany so we can easily catch up and get to Prague.
AC1922 departs Toronto (YYZ) at 4:50pm on July 29th and arrives next day into Prague (PRG) at 6:55AM on July 30th. We will have two full days in Prague before moving north.
After the two days in Prague we will get on a Train and head north to Krausnick, Germany that is about a hour south of Berlin. We will be staying inside Tropical Islands Theme Park in a little tent. We will have access to the water park for a crazy amount of time so I’m sure we will be pale Canadian prunes by the end of it.
After checking out of the park we will jump on a train north to Berlin Germany… where the next day we will have a full day exploring the really interesting city.
The next morning we will make our way to the airport and jump on Lufthansa to zip southwest to Lisbon Portugal by the ocean for four days. The city of 7 hills and we can get lost in the streets of Lisbon and also hop on a train and hit two beaches along the coast. Will update this blog post soon with more information since we are looking at places to explore to roughly block off some time to do and explore.
After Portugal, it’s on a plane North East towards Zurich and into the mountains of Switzerland and Austria as we make our way back to Prague. TAP Portugal will fly us to Zurich since it’s a gateway into the Alps. This will be a short stay and we will have the second part of the day to taste some food and hopefully jump into the river for a swim and a late night to try and see a bit of the city before bed.
The next morning it’s on a train through the mountains to Innsbruck to spend 3 days in this small city in the valley of the mountains. The reason we wanted to go here is the huge steep mountain coasters and do some hiking in the mountains with the help of the gondola to get up there. 😉 Below is two of the rides that we hopefully not hit the breaks on.
After the the days of going hard… it’s rest day on a train as we travel from Innsbruck to Vienna to stop for lunch for a couple of hours before getting on another train to hop back to Prague for a last night of spending any money we have left on some food we can’t spell. I’m sure I will be editing videos on the train.
The next day it’s off to the Airport in Prague to hop on a plane and fly back with Air Canada back to Toronto where we will be back in the same day and the kids should be home by about 8pm local time and off to bed to sleep for 4 days.
More info to follow. Please don’t share with the Mom if you know her.