It’s been a long time between overseas trips for me. I lost my passport somewhere around 2009 and never bothered to replace it. With small children and a tight budget, a couple of days at Phillip Island was about as thrilling an offshore holiday as I was going to get. French castles and English canals were a distant fantasy.
Then my Pop passed away and left us a small inheritance. He loved to travel but his trips were limited to relatively recent camping trips to Sheepyard Flat and decades-ago war-related postings to tropical locations.
My Nan talked about embarking upon foreign journeys but never made it much past armchair dreaming in front of Getaway.
In honour of their memory, we’ve decided to spend our inheritance on the completely frivolous and economically irresponsible option of taking our little family over to Europe for a 3-week northern hemisphere summer holiday next year.
More specifically, we’re staying in this French castle for a week:
40 minutes north-west of Lyon, just an hour and a half drive from Geneva in Switzerland, it’s well and truly in fairytale castle and wine region. We plan to spend the week trekking around various tiny French villages, eating cheese, drinking wine and running through fields of French flowers.
Messing about in boats in Bath, UK
And before that? We’ll be messing about in boats at ‘Toad Hall’, a 2-bedroom apartment in the Bath Boating Station complex on the Avon River.
It’s a bit of a way out of the main town, but that’s no problem:
Guests of Toad Hall have access to complimentary use of the motorboats to and from Bath city centre.
Seriously. We’re pretty much going to be hanging out in The Wind in the Willows for a week. I cannot begin to tell you how excited we are.
Where would you take your family if you suddenly had funds and a desire to spend them irresponsibly?
Linking with Denyse.