Pack Your Bags!

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Andrea/Cara
here, in a traveling state of mind. That's because Pat, Mary Jo and I have been gallivanting around the British Isles after doing the RNA Conference in Leeds, England with Nicola. Since we're on the fly, and summer (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) is the quintessential time for for packing your bags and heading off hither and yon, we thought it would be fun to talk about dream vacations. Where to the Wenches yearn to go? Read on!

Italy Gary Ashley Ponte VecchioPat: The whole world and maybe half the galaxy are on my bucket list, so this is a tough question. I want it all! But if I must narrow it down, I’ll choose Italy. I’ve only been twice, and just for a few days each time. There is so much history and beauty there that it might take years to explore and appreciate it all. I want to explore the art, the Renaissance history as well as the Roman, the countryside, the food! I do love Italian food, so I’d probably better not spend years there, or I’d have to be rolled home. There are so many places in Italy where I would like to linger that I can’t even choose which pictures to post!

GranadaAnne: I can't pick just one dream destination — at any one time I might think, yes there! And an hour or a day or a minute later I think of another place I'd love to visit. I've done a fair bit of traveling in my time and the world is full of wonderful places. I want to sit in a hot spring in wintry Iceland, I'd love to meet up with Pat in Italy, I've always wanted to see Canada and north-eastern USA in the autumn, I'd love to visit St Petersburg, the Venice of the north, city of grand palaces and tragic history. But it's winter here at the moment, so I think I'll go to some place warm — Granada in southern Spain with its wonderful Moorish architecture, gardens and history, and the beautiful rugged mountains behind.

Micato Namibia LeopardMary Jo: Where would I like to visit? Oooh, tough one! Like Anne, I've traveled widely and liked everywhere I've visited. Twice I've set out to do a riverboat cruise in France, and the first time ended up cruising the Douro in Portugal and the second time we ended up on the Danube, and both those journeys were terrific. I'd love to take a sailing ship through the Greek Isles or spend more time in Italy or Ireland.
But what came to mind when I saw this question was another African safari. I've traveled in both South Africa and Botswana and both trips were amazing. I've been thinking of maybe in a couple of years traveling to Tanzania to see the great animal migrations, but I then I opened a promo email from Micato, the safari company we used for our wonderful trip to Botswana, and I happened to see this picture of Namibia, a wild remote country with striking geographical features–red dunes, wild rivers, and a feeling of being at the end on the world. So that's going on my wish list, and I'll hope to see some big cats!

Lundy IslandNicola: I have many, many dream destinations depending on the season, my mood, new places that have caught my interest and familiar places I’d love to re-visit. I’ve always wanted to go to Canada, for example, and next year I’m finally planning to make that trip, which is hugely exciting. On a more modest scale, my current dream destination would be somewhere by the sea, probably Lundy Island. It’s very hot (by British standards) in the UK at the moment and that always makes me think of beaches and sea breezes and far horizons. Actually Lundy, which I visited many times over the years, doesn’t have any beaches because it’s a rocky outcrop in the Bristol Channel halfway between Wales and Devon and as you can see from the picture, when I last visited it wasn’t as hot as it is now! However it has so many other amazing things to make up for a lack of beach: a medieval castle you can stay in, wrecks to explore, gardens to stroll through, a history that encompasses smuggling, piracy and puffins, springy glass to lie on to look up at the sky, high cliffs and sea views. Happy sigh.

Loch duich by drew martinSusan: At the risk of being predictable, right now I just want to go back to Scotland. I could get some research done, but really it's been a rough year in some ways, so I just want to spend some time in Scotland again. I've been there several times, and it feels like comfy home to me. Taking in the Highland air, soaking in some gorgeous and isolated scenery (here's a view of Loch Duich, taken by a friend recently) – that's all the dream destination I need! After a therapeutic return to Scotland, I'd love to visit Ireland, Iceland, Norway . . . France and Italy . . . Greece . . . those are all dreamy places for me. But for now, there's only one place that's top of my list! (photo by Drew Martin.)

IstanbulAndrea/Cara: Pick just one? Noooo—there are far too many places on my Wish List to cut it down to a single dream destination! How about the top three—first of all, I’d like to do the cruise that leaves from Venice and travels along the Adriatic, making stops at the historic cities of Istrian and Dalmatian coast. From there it heads to Athens and Greek islands, with time to explore the classic sites of the ancient world, and ends in Istanbul—the storied crossroads city of East and West. I’ve been fascinated by these iconic areas of the Mediterranean and their rich tapestry of history since I was a kid, and would have to say that’s my number one dream trip. Second would be a safari to see the wild animals Africa before they disappear . . . and then a trip to Australia. But that’s just a drop of the Bucket List . . . I haven’t even mentioned Asia. So much to see and experience in the world!

Now it's your turn! Do you have a dream destination? (And since the Wenches can't pick just one, you're allowed to mention a couple!) Please share! . . . hmmm, maybe we can all charter one of those fancy cruise ships for a few years and set out on a round the world adventure. Of course, we'd have to have a second ship following us to carry all the books we'd need to keep us happy for those lazy days of reading in those comfy deck chairs! (Please forgive us if we're slow in replying—as I said many of us are traveling right now and will check in when we can!)

60 thoughts on “Pack Your Bags!”

  1. I think I’d enjoy an Alaskan cruise of the inside passage; Alaska is a place I’ve never been. I’d also like to see more of Canada than the few places I’ve seen. Sign me up for a cross country Canadian train trip (with sleeper car, please) with the option of staying overnight in a few cities across the country.

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  2. I think I’d enjoy an Alaskan cruise of the inside passage; Alaska is a place I’ve never been. I’d also like to see more of Canada than the few places I’ve seen. Sign me up for a cross country Canadian train trip (with sleeper car, please) with the option of staying overnight in a few cities across the country.

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  3. I think I’d enjoy an Alaskan cruise of the inside passage; Alaska is a place I’ve never been. I’d also like to see more of Canada than the few places I’ve seen. Sign me up for a cross country Canadian train trip (with sleeper car, please) with the option of staying overnight in a few cities across the country.

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  4. I think I’d enjoy an Alaskan cruise of the inside passage; Alaska is a place I’ve never been. I’d also like to see more of Canada than the few places I’ve seen. Sign me up for a cross country Canadian train trip (with sleeper car, please) with the option of staying overnight in a few cities across the country.

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  5. I think I’d enjoy an Alaskan cruise of the inside passage; Alaska is a place I’ve never been. I’d also like to see more of Canada than the few places I’ve seen. Sign me up for a cross country Canadian train trip (with sleeper car, please) with the option of staying overnight in a few cities across the country.

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  6. My traveling days are over and there are two places I regret not getting to. When I was living in Germany many years ago, one of my dream destinations was the British Isles. Sorry to say while I made it to many places in Europe, I never made it there. I especially wanted to see London.
    The second place was a tour of New England. My sister and I always wanted to take one of those historical bus tours of New England. But, alas, (sad face) we never made it.
    One of the things that I like so much about this blog is that you ladies take us along with you to so many places. Thank you.

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  7. My traveling days are over and there are two places I regret not getting to. When I was living in Germany many years ago, one of my dream destinations was the British Isles. Sorry to say while I made it to many places in Europe, I never made it there. I especially wanted to see London.
    The second place was a tour of New England. My sister and I always wanted to take one of those historical bus tours of New England. But, alas, (sad face) we never made it.
    One of the things that I like so much about this blog is that you ladies take us along with you to so many places. Thank you.

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  8. My traveling days are over and there are two places I regret not getting to. When I was living in Germany many years ago, one of my dream destinations was the British Isles. Sorry to say while I made it to many places in Europe, I never made it there. I especially wanted to see London.
    The second place was a tour of New England. My sister and I always wanted to take one of those historical bus tours of New England. But, alas, (sad face) we never made it.
    One of the things that I like so much about this blog is that you ladies take us along with you to so many places. Thank you.

    Reply
  9. My traveling days are over and there are two places I regret not getting to. When I was living in Germany many years ago, one of my dream destinations was the British Isles. Sorry to say while I made it to many places in Europe, I never made it there. I especially wanted to see London.
    The second place was a tour of New England. My sister and I always wanted to take one of those historical bus tours of New England. But, alas, (sad face) we never made it.
    One of the things that I like so much about this blog is that you ladies take us along with you to so many places. Thank you.

    Reply
  10. My traveling days are over and there are two places I regret not getting to. When I was living in Germany many years ago, one of my dream destinations was the British Isles. Sorry to say while I made it to many places in Europe, I never made it there. I especially wanted to see London.
    The second place was a tour of New England. My sister and I always wanted to take one of those historical bus tours of New England. But, alas, (sad face) we never made it.
    One of the things that I like so much about this blog is that you ladies take us along with you to so many places. Thank you.

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  11. I’m probably past the ability to travel BUT — I’m still hoping for a return to Niagara Falls,plut the whirlpool and Lake Cayuga in New York. Also the Pacific Northwest, and Carlsbad Caverns.

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  12. I’m probably past the ability to travel BUT — I’m still hoping for a return to Niagara Falls,plut the whirlpool and Lake Cayuga in New York. Also the Pacific Northwest, and Carlsbad Caverns.

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  13. I’m probably past the ability to travel BUT — I’m still hoping for a return to Niagara Falls,plut the whirlpool and Lake Cayuga in New York. Also the Pacific Northwest, and Carlsbad Caverns.

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  14. I’m probably past the ability to travel BUT — I’m still hoping for a return to Niagara Falls,plut the whirlpool and Lake Cayuga in New York. Also the Pacific Northwest, and Carlsbad Caverns.

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  15. I’m probably past the ability to travel BUT — I’m still hoping for a return to Niagara Falls,plut the whirlpool and Lake Cayuga in New York. Also the Pacific Northwest, and Carlsbad Caverns.

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  16. Kareni, I did a very long train trip up the west coast of Canada, from Vancouver to Prince Rupert. It was fantastic. Took a couple of days, as I recall. As well as stunning scenery, I saw bears, so close!!! I didn’t have a sleeper — I was backpacking and saving my pennies, and anyway, I was younger then
    And then I sailed back down south via the inside passage, where I saw sea otters in the wild, as well as wonderful birdlife. Brilliant trip — well worth doing.

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  17. Kareni, I did a very long train trip up the west coast of Canada, from Vancouver to Prince Rupert. It was fantastic. Took a couple of days, as I recall. As well as stunning scenery, I saw bears, so close!!! I didn’t have a sleeper — I was backpacking and saving my pennies, and anyway, I was younger then
    And then I sailed back down south via the inside passage, where I saw sea otters in the wild, as well as wonderful birdlife. Brilliant trip — well worth doing.

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  18. Kareni, I did a very long train trip up the west coast of Canada, from Vancouver to Prince Rupert. It was fantastic. Took a couple of days, as I recall. As well as stunning scenery, I saw bears, so close!!! I didn’t have a sleeper — I was backpacking and saving my pennies, and anyway, I was younger then
    And then I sailed back down south via the inside passage, where I saw sea otters in the wild, as well as wonderful birdlife. Brilliant trip — well worth doing.

    Reply
  19. Kareni, I did a very long train trip up the west coast of Canada, from Vancouver to Prince Rupert. It was fantastic. Took a couple of days, as I recall. As well as stunning scenery, I saw bears, so close!!! I didn’t have a sleeper — I was backpacking and saving my pennies, and anyway, I was younger then
    And then I sailed back down south via the inside passage, where I saw sea otters in the wild, as well as wonderful birdlife. Brilliant trip — well worth doing.

    Reply
  20. Kareni, I did a very long train trip up the west coast of Canada, from Vancouver to Prince Rupert. It was fantastic. Took a couple of days, as I recall. As well as stunning scenery, I saw bears, so close!!! I didn’t have a sleeper — I was backpacking and saving my pennies, and anyway, I was younger then
    And then I sailed back down south via the inside passage, where I saw sea otters in the wild, as well as wonderful birdlife. Brilliant trip — well worth doing.

    Reply
  21. I would love to visit Colorado,take a road trip up through New England up to Niagara Falls and then up to Quebec. I also long to revisit Great Britain. I felt such a kinship to the people I met in Scotland 30 years ago. I know that I am part Scottish on my father’s side. I didn’t get to see Ireland and Wales so they are a must see on my list.
    Safe travels to all of you, love the photos you have posted!

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  22. I would love to visit Colorado,take a road trip up through New England up to Niagara Falls and then up to Quebec. I also long to revisit Great Britain. I felt such a kinship to the people I met in Scotland 30 years ago. I know that I am part Scottish on my father’s side. I didn’t get to see Ireland and Wales so they are a must see on my list.
    Safe travels to all of you, love the photos you have posted!

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  23. I would love to visit Colorado,take a road trip up through New England up to Niagara Falls and then up to Quebec. I also long to revisit Great Britain. I felt such a kinship to the people I met in Scotland 30 years ago. I know that I am part Scottish on my father’s side. I didn’t get to see Ireland and Wales so they are a must see on my list.
    Safe travels to all of you, love the photos you have posted!

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  24. I would love to visit Colorado,take a road trip up through New England up to Niagara Falls and then up to Quebec. I also long to revisit Great Britain. I felt such a kinship to the people I met in Scotland 30 years ago. I know that I am part Scottish on my father’s side. I didn’t get to see Ireland and Wales so they are a must see on my list.
    Safe travels to all of you, love the photos you have posted!

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  25. I would love to visit Colorado,take a road trip up through New England up to Niagara Falls and then up to Quebec. I also long to revisit Great Britain. I felt such a kinship to the people I met in Scotland 30 years ago. I know that I am part Scottish on my father’s side. I didn’t get to see Ireland and Wales so they are a must see on my list.
    Safe travels to all of you, love the photos you have posted!

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  26. I’m aaallmost at the end of my travelling days, as the last trip to England/Scotland (50°F) and India (100°F) quite literally nearly killed me. But I’m hoping I can get in one last hurrah next March: a Norwegian Cruise Lines circle of Barcelona, Morocco, and the Canary Islands (with a final pass at London to see the new Queen’s Jubilee Gallery in Westminster Abbey–and a last dinner at Duck & Waffle, mmm–and a train to Barcelona with a lunch stop in Paris). Then I expect to retire my passport … but never say never!

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  27. I’m aaallmost at the end of my travelling days, as the last trip to England/Scotland (50°F) and India (100°F) quite literally nearly killed me. But I’m hoping I can get in one last hurrah next March: a Norwegian Cruise Lines circle of Barcelona, Morocco, and the Canary Islands (with a final pass at London to see the new Queen’s Jubilee Gallery in Westminster Abbey–and a last dinner at Duck & Waffle, mmm–and a train to Barcelona with a lunch stop in Paris). Then I expect to retire my passport … but never say never!

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  28. I’m aaallmost at the end of my travelling days, as the last trip to England/Scotland (50°F) and India (100°F) quite literally nearly killed me. But I’m hoping I can get in one last hurrah next March: a Norwegian Cruise Lines circle of Barcelona, Morocco, and the Canary Islands (with a final pass at London to see the new Queen’s Jubilee Gallery in Westminster Abbey–and a last dinner at Duck & Waffle, mmm–and a train to Barcelona with a lunch stop in Paris). Then I expect to retire my passport … but never say never!

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  29. I’m aaallmost at the end of my travelling days, as the last trip to England/Scotland (50°F) and India (100°F) quite literally nearly killed me. But I’m hoping I can get in one last hurrah next March: a Norwegian Cruise Lines circle of Barcelona, Morocco, and the Canary Islands (with a final pass at London to see the new Queen’s Jubilee Gallery in Westminster Abbey–and a last dinner at Duck & Waffle, mmm–and a train to Barcelona with a lunch stop in Paris). Then I expect to retire my passport … but never say never!

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  30. I’m aaallmost at the end of my travelling days, as the last trip to England/Scotland (50°F) and India (100°F) quite literally nearly killed me. But I’m hoping I can get in one last hurrah next March: a Norwegian Cruise Lines circle of Barcelona, Morocco, and the Canary Islands (with a final pass at London to see the new Queen’s Jubilee Gallery in Westminster Abbey–and a last dinner at Duck & Waffle, mmm–and a train to Barcelona with a lunch stop in Paris). Then I expect to retire my passport … but never say never!

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  31. I like all the suggestions people have made. There are so many places to see in the USA that I’ve never seen. But my biggest dream trip to to China. I want to see the Great Wall and do the river cruise down the Yellow River. Luckily I have a Chinese SIL to translate for me. She says one should plan to go while one is vigorous because they are not handicap friendly in China. I’m retiring from academia next May, so perhaps I can go in the next year or two.

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  32. I like all the suggestions people have made. There are so many places to see in the USA that I’ve never seen. But my biggest dream trip to to China. I want to see the Great Wall and do the river cruise down the Yellow River. Luckily I have a Chinese SIL to translate for me. She says one should plan to go while one is vigorous because they are not handicap friendly in China. I’m retiring from academia next May, so perhaps I can go in the next year or two.

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  33. I like all the suggestions people have made. There are so many places to see in the USA that I’ve never seen. But my biggest dream trip to to China. I want to see the Great Wall and do the river cruise down the Yellow River. Luckily I have a Chinese SIL to translate for me. She says one should plan to go while one is vigorous because they are not handicap friendly in China. I’m retiring from academia next May, so perhaps I can go in the next year or two.

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  34. I like all the suggestions people have made. There are so many places to see in the USA that I’ve never seen. But my biggest dream trip to to China. I want to see the Great Wall and do the river cruise down the Yellow River. Luckily I have a Chinese SIL to translate for me. She says one should plan to go while one is vigorous because they are not handicap friendly in China. I’m retiring from academia next May, so perhaps I can go in the next year or two.

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  35. I like all the suggestions people have made. There are so many places to see in the USA that I’ve never seen. But my biggest dream trip to to China. I want to see the Great Wall and do the river cruise down the Yellow River. Luckily I have a Chinese SIL to translate for me. She says one should plan to go while one is vigorous because they are not handicap friendly in China. I’m retiring from academia next May, so perhaps I can go in the next year or two.

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  36. I’ve never seen the Rockies (other than from an airplane window), so that does sound tremendous, Andrea. Okay, I’m reading and willing to go … now I just need money and tickets. Fairy Godmother, where are you?

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  37. I’ve never seen the Rockies (other than from an airplane window), so that does sound tremendous, Andrea. Okay, I’m reading and willing to go … now I just need money and tickets. Fairy Godmother, where are you?

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  38. I’ve never seen the Rockies (other than from an airplane window), so that does sound tremendous, Andrea. Okay, I’m reading and willing to go … now I just need money and tickets. Fairy Godmother, where are you?

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  39. I’ve never seen the Rockies (other than from an airplane window), so that does sound tremendous, Andrea. Okay, I’m reading and willing to go … now I just need money and tickets. Fairy Godmother, where are you?

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  40. I’ve never seen the Rockies (other than from an airplane window), so that does sound tremendous, Andrea. Okay, I’m reading and willing to go … now I just need money and tickets. Fairy Godmother, where are you?

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  41. I have New Zealand, Italy, Africa and Cuba on my wish list, and will actually knock 2 out in 2019: a safari in Kenya and Cuba. So excited. But to be honest, i’d Like to go back to almost anyplace I have been to before!

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  42. I have New Zealand, Italy, Africa and Cuba on my wish list, and will actually knock 2 out in 2019: a safari in Kenya and Cuba. So excited. But to be honest, i’d Like to go back to almost anyplace I have been to before!

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  43. I have New Zealand, Italy, Africa and Cuba on my wish list, and will actually knock 2 out in 2019: a safari in Kenya and Cuba. So excited. But to be honest, i’d Like to go back to almost anyplace I have been to before!

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  44. I have New Zealand, Italy, Africa and Cuba on my wish list, and will actually knock 2 out in 2019: a safari in Kenya and Cuba. So excited. But to be honest, i’d Like to go back to almost anyplace I have been to before!

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  45. I have New Zealand, Italy, Africa and Cuba on my wish list, and will actually knock 2 out in 2019: a safari in Kenya and Cuba. So excited. But to be honest, i’d Like to go back to almost anyplace I have been to before!

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