It’s traveling Thursday and the travel gods must have known it. Triple A called, they had my travel documents ready. This is my second tour with Triple A, usually I book my own flight, hotel, and tours. But I had to compromise with my travel companions. They wanted “Lively, Escorted” which is 5 cities, 2 days each, with everyone on a schedule and doing the two step pack and unpack. I need my space, I have to wander, I want to discover that great little restaurant or museum. Hence, my favorite activity of perusing travel books, TripAdvisor, and Bing or IFly.com.
They were happy that I found a flight for almost $400 less than the tour company, but unhappy that it was British Air. Last time we took BA our luggage was lost from 3 days to 1 month-my luggage was the one month delay. We lost time and were unable to visit Musee D’Orsay and Sacre Couer. It took awhile to find a Monoprix. It was like a combo Rite Aid and Target, but we found what we needed to get by, and lucky for me (and everyone else) I had my tote bag of hygiene and extra undies and blouse.
Speaking of sightseeing, I still have to decide whether to spend a day at Kutna Hora or the thermal spas. Here’s a picture of the bone church. It’s not an easy decision.
I’m still taking only a carry-on for the 12 days. Who cares that I wear some of the same clothes more than twice, as long as the photos don’t reflect that fact. And a scarf does wonders to dress and change up an outfit. My motto is if I don’t have enough to wear buy something from that country. No room in the suitcase? Leave one of your t-shirts, blouses there or trade it. If that fails, I may do what I saw a woman at CDG-Paris do, she layered two pairs of pants, two blouses, a vest, a sweater and a coat on her, oh and a beret. She did not look cute, but she avoided paying baggage costs and she was warm on the plane.
I’m going to make the carry-on and tote bag work. I think I can do it, but if not, I’ll check the luggage in, pat it goodbye and say a prayer to the travel gods.