My long-time dream is to see the lavender fields in bloom…
I am hoping to make that happen this summer. We are now finalizing plans for our next big adventure and can’t wait!
The trip will begin with us flying from Los Angeles to Amsterdam, leaving on July 9th. We will have three nights there on our own to explore before joining our Gate 1 tour. This one is called 8 Day Classic Amsterdam, Bruges & Paris. You can click here to see the day-to-day itinerary if you are interested.
We are a huge fan of Gate 1, and have met some amazing people on their tours that we are privileged to stay in contact with today.
The July 12th tour still shows available if any of our traveling friends want to join us!
Side note: If you are new to Gate 1, I can send you a code to save you $100. Just let me know if you are interested.
Another aspect of Gate 1 Travel that I especially appreciate is the flexibility they allow. We are able to customize the dates we want to fly and which airport to fly out of. This gives us freedom to go early to explore some on our own, or stay a few days longer at the end of the tour, or to combine another tour or cruise while already in Europe of wherever we have chosen to travel.
And NO, I do not receive any compensation from Gate 1 – I just really like them!
In 1984, with a friend in the travel industry, I visited Brugge, Brussels and Amsterdam on one of those “Tuesday it must be Belgium”, fly through each country, tours. I fell madly in love with Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) and vowed to return some day. Tim has not been to either The Netherlands or Belgium, so I’m really excited to share this with him.
I was confused over what country Amsterdam is actually in – Holland or The Netherlands, and thought that I might not be the only one. I found this great clip on YouTube that was VERY helpful and wanted to share it with anyone else who might also need some clarification:
The tour portion will end in Paris, but we are NOT going home just yet!
We will be joining a friend and his teenage daughter on a two-week Uniworld river cruise throughout FRANCE! The cruise is called Grand France. You can click on the link to learn more about the cruise, including the day-to-day itinerary. This will be our first time on Uniworld, and we are thrilled to check them out.
Our cruise will end on August 2nd in Avignon where we will spend a couple of extra days on our own, then catch a train to Paris, overnight and fly home on August 5th.
Let the countdown begin!
Gratitude Moment: Today (and everyday) I am grateful for family. It is our connections, whether through birth, marriage or friendship, who ground us, support us, understand us, and love us through good times and bad that makes this wonderful, crazy ride all worth while.
We would love to hear any recommendations of what to see, or do, or where to eat in Amsterdam and in Avignon.
Thank you for joining us!