Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Home from the road

We accidentally went to the Netherlands two days ago. We'd planned our two weeks of driving vacation around the continent to include four countries - France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Belgium. We were in Aachen (Germany), seat of Charlemagne's empire, and heading for Ghent (Belgium), hotbed of late medieval wool trade. The GPS unit directed us to the most efficacious route between the two cities, and - lo and behold - we found ourselves driving through thirty miles of the Netherlands en route from one to the other.

This is one of the truly fabulous consequences of the Schengen area. It's possible to end up in another country by accident, no passports involved.

C. drove the whole time, UK car on continental roads. Despite driving on an unaccustomed side of the road, he astonished both of us by making absolutely no mistakes about which side of the road he was driving on. We figure he'll be overdue for one if we ever do another continental road trip.

My biggest moment of relief: checking in to the last hotel and confirming I'd made all the hotel arrangements for all the correct nights.

We had some really good places to stay on this trip, including the decadent B&B near Amiens, complete with dinner and good company; one night on a houseboat-hotel in Ghent; one night in a hotel which only opened a week-and-a-half before we stayed there, newly-built (and thus hardly anyone else was staying there); and one night of complete luxury in a countryside chateau with really, really good food and service. Also, this was the trip built around me winning free lunch in the French countryside in the Menu for Hope raffle back in January. (More on many of these things in the near future.)

P.S. Pretty much all my online time on this trip went to my students, so I will never know what urgent things happened to my f'list in the past fortnight unless you let me know.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
are you back? if so, i have 1 - 3 Oct off, fancy lunch in London somewhere?
Sep. 30th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'd love to! My schedule's entirely flexible.
Sep. 30th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Tuesday or Weds? you pick the restaurant as usual

Oh, and please text me at some point- i dont have your number)
Sep. 30th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
I'll investigate options. Either Tues or Wed is good for me. Tuesday means more restaurants will be closed which is actually good since it means I'll have fewer to choose between.

Do you have your old number on your new phone? (i.e. Should I text you at the number I already have for you?)
Sep. 30th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
the number hasnt changed :)

i have a guest arriving tomorrow (Monday - hence the time off), i'll ask him, and email you?
Sep. 30th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Sounds good. (Also, does he have food limitations if he's joining us?)
Oct. 1st, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
he'd like to, no food limitations. i think we might visit the Tower after lunch (would you care to join us?) so a restaurant nearby/on the way would be great!

see you tomorrow!
Sep. 30th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
welcome home!
Sep. 30th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It sure is nice not having to check out by 11 am.
Sep. 30th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
so long ago...
hurrah! im so glad to hear the fancy french lunch was finally eaten and i'm looking forward to the comments about it. our january encounter seems like it was 8 years ago, not a mere 8 months. when you're ready to hit the road again, come north to scotland!
Oct. 3rd, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: so long ago...
I could really easily weekend-trip Up North. Hmm....
( 11 comments — Leave a comment )