Last week, I introduced my first contest: Where should we go for our first vacation? There were a lot of great suggestions, on the blog, on Facebook, and via email.
Italy was quite popular, as was Paris. Beth suggested Venice and going to see Murano glass making – I love Murano glass! Angela suggested we go to Ireland, her home country; Kathleen suggested Ireland, as well, a walking tour that both Stephen and I thought sounded wonderful! Sara suggested a Volga River tour in Russia, on which you can see many of Russia’s bigger cities and sites.
Pam suggested Stockholm, and Denise suggested St Petersburg, both of which are close enough to be long weekend trips (which we’re already planning on). Catie suggested Prague, which is one of my top three destinations. I’m a little worried about being disappointed on my first trip, though (that whole “reality can’t live up to such high expectations” thing), so I wanted to keep Prague for another time.
We pretty much ruled out everything in southern Europe – Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal – because we’d like to go to the warmer climates in the winter.
I narrowed our choices down to three areas – the South of France (as Melody Jane suggested), Southern UK (including Bath, which Mary suggested), and the Normandy region of France, which Jen mentioned (although didn’t suggest).
In the end, I decided on…..
Normandy, France! I’m declaring Jen the winner of the contest, with an honorable mention to Denise, who said she wanted to go there…along with twenty other places!
I’m in planning stages, pricing flights, looking at websites, trying to decide where all we’re going to go. We’re going to fly into Paris, but we’re going to save actually touring Paris for another time – we’re just going to get a car and drive out of town.
Any suggestions on where we should go, what we should do, where we should stay? Bring it on!