Well some asshole is trying to throw a spanner in the works. Someone keeps deliberately putting screws in the bike’s tyre but this time they’ve damaged the inside of the tyre and it needs repairing. Not only is this horrible and vindictive and if I ever caught the person they would regret it but it’s also munching into our travel funds which could be better spent drinking coffee on a balcony in Venice or something equally awesome.
As far as the actual trip planning I think we have decided to totally flip our route so we head south first then up and round. Two reasons for this decision: One being I had a discussion about the weather with my brother this morning and how our summers are arriving later and so the weather will most probably be better in the south for us at the start then progressively get better as we head north after Croatia. The second reason is I think that after Paris we are much more looking forward to hitting the places along the south route and we can take our time a bit more and make sure we can enjoy those. A lot of the cities in the north we can probably do in a weekend trip if we are running out of time and don’t get a chance to see them or spend much time there.
So the rough itinerary planned out is as follows…
France – Paris, Annecy, Vienne
Switzerland – Berne, Spiez, Gruyeres, Lausanne, Geneva
Southern Germany – Black Forest, Lake Constance, Europa Park
Switzerland – Lugano, Zurich, Rhine Falls
Italy – Trieste, Venice, Verona, Lake Como
Croatia – Plitvice National Park, Zadar
Slovenia – Lake Bled, Ljublana
Austria – Vienna, Melk, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Worthersee
Czech Republic – Karlstejn, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, Plzen
Northern Germany – Cologne, Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Belgium – Bruges, Ghent, Brussels
Hopefully we will stick to our budget and be able to see and do everything we want! As most travellers know though, things don’t always work out and there’s always things you find along the way that alter your plans. That’s part of the experience and part of the fun! I always like to write down the proposed trip to look back and see how close it was to the reality. So I guess watch this space 🙂